Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Marilyn Lenzen receives prestigious Canada’s Volunteer Award

  • National News Release

June 9, 2016 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is proud to acknowledge the important work of long-time volunteer Marilyn Lenzen and her recent awarding of the regional Community Leader award as part of Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA). As a Community Leader regional award recipient, Marilyn was recognized today for her exceptional contributions to improve the well-being of individuals and families who are impacted by MS at an award ceremony where she received a certificate signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As part of the awarding, she also selected the MS Society of Canada to receive a $5,000 grant from CVA.

Marilyn is an enthusiastic leader who has been a true champion of the MS cause for over 13 years. Since being diagnosed with MS in 2000, she has become an accomplished volunteer and advocate in British Columbia and across the country. Marilyn has been instrumental in increasing MS awareness and advocating for research investment. Her contributions to the MS Society have directly impacted hundreds of individuals and families, and her fundraising efforts have helped to raise millions of dollars during her tenure.

Marilyn consistently contributes hundreds of additional volunteer hours annually through a variety of leadership, fundraising and governance roles. Most recently, she chaired the national task force on volunteer engagement for the MS Society of Canada, which provided perspective and critical thinking to the development of a nation-wide strategy that will build organizational capacity to recruit and train an invaluable, new generation of volunteers and ambassadors.

“Congratulations to Marilyn Lenzen for her outstanding work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and for receiving the Canada’s Volunteer Awards for Community Leader. Thank you for your contributions to the well-being of Canadians and our communities,” said The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.


About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.

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Lindsay Gulin, MS Society of Canada

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