Recognizing MS Heroes in 2014
Ken Chubb, Division President’s Award
For over 25 years, Ken has assisted the MS Society and those living with MS in the Creston area. As a member of the BC & Yukon Client Services Committee and the main contact for the Creston MS self-help group, Ken builds connections between health care providers and the MS Society in order to facilitate a more collaborative approach to healthcare. Before moving to Creston, he spent 12 years with the Kelowna MS Chapter and served as a Board Member for the BC & Yukon Division. Ken also participates each year in a variety of MS Society fundraising initiatives, including the sale of carnations and the A&W Cruisin’ to end MS campaign. Already quite exemplary, his contributions are even more inspirational given that he has lived with MS for 40 years.
Dorit Hoffman, Division Award of Merit (Member)
Dorit’s interest in helping those with MS began over 20 years ago as a physiotherapy student living in Germany. Since 2003, she has raised public awareness about multiple sclerosis and helped the Lower Mainland Chapter (LMC) expand its services. During her time as a member of the LMC Chapter Board, she started three client service educational workshops in New Westminster, Burnaby, and Coquitlam. From volunteering as a fundraiser for multiple MS Walk events to implementing the publication of multilingual MS Society brochures, Dorit has undertaken numerous initiatives in support of those with MS. On a personal level, she has also donated furniture and collected clothes and non-perishable food items for the LMC to distribute to those in need. The MS Society is thankful for her commitment to putting people with MS at the forefront of her decisions and actions.
Mike McCue, Division Award of Merit (Non-Member)
Mike’s involvement with the MS Society began after a co-worker was diagnosed with MS. For the past five years, he has displayed remarkable dedication and initiative as a volunteer photographer for over 29 different events/projects for the BC & Yukon Division, Lower Mainland, Kamloops and Area, Okanagan, and West Kootenay Chapters. His talent with the camera has been an invaluable assistance in the development of a wide variety of national and division awareness materials including websites, newsletters, and public education posters. Mike sets a great example to inspire many other MS Society volunteers.
Quesnel Self Help Group, Division Heroes Among US Certificate of Exceptional Achievement (Volunteer Advocacy)
Over the past three years, the Quesnel MS Self Help Group has been advocating on a local and provincial level. In June 2012, the group invited local MLA Bob Simpson to hear the concerns of constituents living with MS. In 2014, members made submissions to the BC Disability White Paper Inquiry and were invited to the BC Accessibility Summit for the release of the BC Accessibility 2024 Report. During the last BC provincial election, the Quesnel Self Help Group lobbied local candidates for increased local HandyDart access. Always eager to inform themselves about MS and ways to improve their quality of life, the Quesnel Self Help Group goes further by championing community issues in order to make a real difference for those with MS.
Barb Butterfield, Division Heroes Among Us Certificate of Exceptional Achievement (Volunteer)
Over the past three years, Barb has volunteered over 1,360 hours with the MS Society. She has been a Community Services Coordinator with the Lower Mainland Chapter, an emcee at the Richmond MS Walk, and a facilitator of many local self-help and support groups. In 2014, Barb worked hard to build a partnership between the Lower Mainland Chapter (LMC) and Urban Poling, Canada’s largest education centre for Nordic walking. Thanks to her efforts, MS Society clients learned about Nordic walking as a safe way to keep active through a successful LMC workshop in September of that year. Barb is an inspiration because of her continued dedication to providing high quality services to the MS Society’s clients.