Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

August 19, 2009 06:00 ET

Quebec Students Receive Scholarships Thanks to the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Program

The program is supported by Billy Talent and Friends

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2009) - The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MSSC) is proud to be able to assist 16 young Quebecers who have MS or a parent with MS. The young people will receive scholarships from the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Program, with the goal of encouraging their determination to pursue an education.

Making a difference

"It's important for us to acknowledge the courage and leadership of these young people. We hope to make a difference in the achievement of their educational and professional goals," says Louis Adam, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The MS Society of Canada Scholarship Program is supported by Billy Talent and Friends. This year, the Society awarded 76 scholarships in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,000, for a total of $75,000.

A group's solidarity with the cause

The scholarship program was born when Aaron Solowoniuk, drummer of the Juno Award winning punk rock group Billy Talent, told the MSSC that he was looking for a creative way to use his influence to help young people dealing with multiple sclerosis. Aaron himself was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 22 years old.

"I am very proud of what we have accomplished but there is still so much to do", points out Aaron, who is constantly searching for new donors. His commitment to the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Program and other initiatives for young people is now an integral part of the activities the MS Society organizes for children, teens and young adults.

Registrations for the next competition will be accepted starting in January 2010, and scholarships will be distributed during the summer of the same year.



The Quebec recipients of MS scholarships are as follows:

Lisa Bellemare, Jonquiere
Yasmine Beninal, Montreal
Genevieve Bouchard, Montreal
Guillaume Brault, Saint-Colomban
Jeremie Caron, Amqui
Jean-Philippe Gagne, Gatineau
Marie-Michelle Genois, Quebec City
Eve-Marie Girard, Blainville
Emilie Godin, Saint-Jerome
Anne Goulet, Montreal
Julie Hautcoeur, Sainte-Therese-de-Gaspe
Maude Martin, Anjou
Andreanne R. Gagne, Jonquiere
Andreanne Samson, Quebec City
Shahrzad Shab Afrouz, Saint-Laurent
Thomas Tremblay, Dewittville


To find out more about the scholarship program presented by Billy Talent and Friends, visit www.scleroseenplaques.ca/qc/Bourses_EN.html or contact the MS Society at 1-800-268-7582.

Contact Information

  • For an interview with one of the scholarship recipients
    Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
    Catherine-Eve Roy
    Communications Coordinator
    514-849-7591 / 1-800-268-7582
    catherine-eve.roy@scleroseenplaques.ca