Paying it forward to benefit people with ALS in the future

Deirdre O’Connor and her husband, Floyd, became ALS Canada donors 15 years ago. At the time, they had no personal connection to the cause, but they liked the fact that ALS Canada was a small, cost-effective charitable organization without a lot of overhead. Deirdre’s generosity extends to half a dozen or more organizations she supports […]

Fulfilling a promise and a passion

National Volunteer Week: Tara Wingrave With two 18 year-old daughters, a 19 year-old son, and a highly demanding job, life is hectic, but that won’s stop me from making the time to organize the Barrie WALK for ALS again this year. It’s something I feel passionate about, and it’s one of the most important ways […]

Finding support, hope, and community through volunteering

National Volunteer Week: Jacqui Devine They always say ALS is rare, so it’s surprising how many times you hear about people who have been diagnosed with the disease. In 2012, I was working as a personal support worker and my favourite client was living with ALS. Since I knew very little about it, I decided […]

Fighting for Genetic Fairness

National Volunteer Week: Benjamin Ritsma I am a physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry), a specialty that aims to help people function better as they deal with a neurological or musculoskeletal condition. My career path was influenced by my own family’s experience with ALS. As a Physiatrist at the ALS clinic, I work with […]

Making a meaningful contribution

National Volunteer Week: Caroline Price The hardest part about retiring for me was losing the daily connection with my “family” of colleagues. It was one of the reasons I was actively looking for a volunteer role when a position with ALS Canada turned up in an online search. If an opportunity presents itself at the […]

Living, Loving, Laughing… and Volunteering

National Volunteer Week: Carol Skinner When I received my ALS diagnosis in 2013, I was given two to three years to live. I was 41 years old. I had settled into a rewarding career – art therapy – and I was happily married to the man I love. Learning I had ALS and that “there […]

“Compassion is what drives us.”

National Volunteer Week: Geneviève Bertrand Many of us who contribute to the work of ALS Canada as volunteers have a personal connection to ALS, whether we are living with the disease ourselves, or supporting or remembering a close family member, friend, colleague or acquaintance. We are spurred on by the hope for a cure, and want […]