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The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

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Montreal, November 3, 2016 – The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits organizations that applies to five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management and volunteer involvement.

“Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program. After this detailed peer-review process, we are happy to join a growing community of more than 200 philanthropic organizations dedicated to operational excellence”, says Louis Adam, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

“The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and non-profits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. Accredited organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”

About multiple sclerosis (MS)
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 nerves. 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 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. It also provides services to people with MS and their families. Please visit mssociety.ca for more information.

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Sylvie Bastien
Communications Director
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Quebec Division
514 849-7591 – 1 800 268-7582

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