Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

December 19, 2008 06:30 ET

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division Pays Tribute to Four Quebec Personalities at Its 60th Anniversary Gala

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2008) - The 60th Anniversary Gala of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC) took place on Wednesday, December 10, at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. This prestigious event, which was hosted by Roger Laroche, paid tribute to four Quebec personalities who have made their mark because of their exceptional achievements and social engagement. This year, the 60th Anniversary Gala enabled the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division to raise just over $110,000 in donations and services. The money raised will fund research and services for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

Jennifer Burgess Pevec, a volunteer in the field of communications, received the first tribute of the evening, the Distinguished Volunteer 60th Anniversary Award, for her social engagement within the MS Society. Her efforts have raised the profile of the Super Cities WALK for MS in the media and supported people who, like Ms. Pevec, have MS.

The second Distinguished Volunteer 60th Anniversary Award was given to Micheline Larose for her involvement in the MSSC since 1994, mainly in the Super Cities WALK for MS and in writing informative articles about multiple sclerosis. She herself has the disease, and has shown courage and leadership since her diagnosis.

A third Distinguished Volunteer 60th Anniversary Award went to Diane Menard for her dedication to people with functional limitations. Ms. Menard, a physiotherapist, has helped to improve the quality of life for people living with multiple sclerosis. She has also been a member of the Client Services and Social Action Committee for the last 10 years.

Finally, Eddy Savoie, founder and chairman of the board of Groupe Savoie / Residences Soleil, received the Grand Merit Tribute 60th Anniversary Award to salute his professional accomplishments and involvement in charitable organizations. His vision and his commitment to improving the quality of life for seniors have won him many honours in recent years.

MS is the most widespread neurological disease among young adults in Canada. It mainly affects people between the ages of 15 and 40, and it is still incurable. From 13,000 to 18,000 Quebecers have the disease.

For more information about the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, visit www.mssociety.ca/qc.

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