Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada-Quebec Division

December 07, 2006 06:00 ET

Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Launch a Success for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 7, 2006) - On November 28, the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada held the first networking cocktail reception for its new Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) event. The reception was held in le G restaurant at Le Germain hotel in Montreal. Over 70 businesswomen attended and made this first event a great success.

France Nadeau, a member of the WAMS committee, was master of ceremonies for this first WAMS cocktail reception. The WAMS Committee Chair, Christiane Thouin, President of CommunicAction, gave a short but touching speech and thanked the women for their commitment to a cause that affects her personally. Ms. Thouin was diagnosed with MS two years ago. The guest speaker for the event, Jocelyne Cazin, a journalist with LCN and TVA, explained the reasons for her commitment to the MS Society: she has been the MS Golf Challenge spokesperson for two years.

Funding for the event was provided by Serono Canada, represented at the reception by Ross Glover, Allison Zavitz, Bernard Fortier, Donald Farley and Stephen Riby.

WAMS provides an opportunity for businesswomen in various fields to network and participate in personal and professional development, as well as philanthropy. Three receptions per year will be held for this activity, which will close with a gala luncheon next May.

This initiative originated in the United States in 1999. Since then, $2.5 million US have been raised through these events. In Canada, the activity was launched by the Ontario Division in 2005 and so far has raised over $115,000 for research and services for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disorder of the central nervous system.

MS is the most wide-spread neurological disorder among young adults in Canada. Still incurable, it mainly strikes between the ages of 15 and 40. Between 55,000 and 75,000 Canadians have MS. Multiple sclerosis in women has almost tripled in the past 60 years and the ratio of women to men now exceeds three women for every man with MS (3.5:1). Every year in Canada, about fifty children are diagnosed with MS.

For more information, visit the Web site www.mssociety.ca/qc or call 1-800-268-7582.

Members of the 2006-2007 WAMS Committee

WAMS Committee Chair

Christiane Thouin, President, CommunicAction

WAMS Committee Members

Jacqueline Bissonnette, Attorney, Partner of law firm Grondin, Poudrier, Bernier

Marie-Pierre Dufort, Co-owner and President of Synetik Conseil

France Nadeau, Media Training - Public Relations, France Nadeau Inc.

Manon Piche, Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, Orleans Express

Francine Plante, President, Anima Express inc.

Elyse Turmel, Executive Vice-President, CROP

Claudine Vachon, Operations Director, Reseau Exposium Canada (SIAL Montreal).

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