As Chair of ALS Canada’s board, I have witnessed over the past year the power of collective action as our staff and volunteers focus to deliver on our organization’s key areas: Cure, Care and Collaboration.
The ALS Community in Canada is a strong, collaborative team. World-class researchers are a part of that team. This year, members of ALS Canada’s Scientific & Medical Advisory Council (SMAC), the Board of Directors and ALS Canada staff developed a comprehensive research strategy and set the direction on how we can work together to accelerate finding a therapeutic discovery for ALS. As a result, ALS Canada will focus our research program on translational research. We will continue to be a part of world-renowned research initiatives with a clear goal: advance ALS Research from bench to bedside.
We have also continued to focus our Client Services division on providing consistent quality programs and service to clients and families across Ontario. We’ve connected to clients, bringing them into the conversation on how we can best meet their growing needs. The collaboration and feedback has been invaluable and has given ALS Canada insight to enhance existing programs to meet those needs.
ALS Canada’s Federation Council, representing each provincial ALS Society across Canada, has developed working committees to strengthen and build new programs that will make a difference for clients and families across the country. Working together, the ALS Societies across Canada continue to ensure people with ALS and their families receive the support and assistance they need.
We have increased our organizational capacity and expanded our senior volunteer talent pool to include six new board members: Josette Melanson, Dyana McLellan, Jane Williamson, Dr. Lorne Zinman, Tammy Moore and Melanie York – who all bring a multitude of diverse skills and expertise.
Thank you to the volunteers and donors who have dedicated their time, talent and resources to collectively power our organization forward in support of our clients and families from coast to coast.
Lanny McInnes, Chair