WAMS Gala Luncheon May 25, 2018 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Keynote Speaker

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Rona Maynard

Rona MaynardRona Maynard led Canada’s number one magazine for women during the most ambitious rebranding in its history, during which her team attracted a new generation of readers to “my mother’s magazine.” On her watch, Chatelaine won international honors for excellence.

Rona says the greatest reward from her time with Chatelaine magazine was the trust of all the readers who shared their lives with her and followed her own life as chronicled in her popular Editor’s column. It was in this Editor’s column that she shared her decades-long journey with chronic depression, proving that a history of mental illness is not a barrier to joy or success. Her editorial inspired myth-shattering conversation among millions of readers, and Rona has been speaking out about mental illness ever since.

Rona Maynard has received the National Champion of Mental Health Award, Woman of Distinction Award, Woman of Action Award, Media Award, Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Health Award, and has written a memoir, My Mother's Daughter.