ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.

Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease.

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Our hearts are heavy as we say good-bye to Mauril Bélanger, MP for Ottawa-Vanier. Diagnosed with ALS in late 2015, he partnered with the ALS Societies across Canada and took on the role of National Honorary Spokesperson for the 2016 WALK for ALS.

“Every August until a cure. Because we have to.”

These words from Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn speak to the importance of raising money for ALS research. As we approach the second anniversary of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we are already seeing its impact: last week, researchers who were funded through Ice Bucket Challenge donations announced that the gene NEK1 has been found to play a role in the development of ALS.

July 28, 2016 – Earlier this week researchers announced that the gene NEK1 has been found to play a significant role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This landmark discovery is the result of an 11-country research collaboration that was funded through the Ice Bucket Challenge. The research team included 3 Canadians, one of whom was directly funded by the ALS Society of Canada for their work during this discovery.

Magna Hoedown & Prospector’s Raffle

You’re invited to the 28th Magna Hoedown! As York Region’s largest annual fundraiser, the Hoedown has raised over $9 million for local charities, non-profits, and community groups.

ALS Canada is pleased to be one of 15 charities selected as a recipient of this year’s Hoedown proceeds! Join us on September 16 or 17, or buy raffle tickets for a chance to win $75,000!

Classification: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: ALS Canada is moving its office to the downtown core in the late fall of 2016. Applicants should be prepared to work out of our Markham office for the first few months.

About ALS Canada

ALS Canada is looking for an energetic professional to join our team. We are looking for someone who understands the critical contribution they will make to our vision to make a difference in the lives of people living with ALS today and to a future, where ALS will be a treatable, not terminal disease.

Community Engagement Coordinator, Events

Classification: Full-Time, Permanent

Location: ALS Canada is moving offices in the fall of 2016 to Toronto’s downtown core. Applicants should be prepared to work out of our Markham office for the first few months.