WAMS Gala Luncheon April 21, 2017 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

About WAMS

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About Women Against MS (WAMS)

BCY WAMS Led by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, WAMS is a collective of women committed to raising funds to achieve a world free from MS while participating in exclusive and meaningful networking opportunities. Through MS research-focused fundraising, WAMS strives to enable professional and personal growth for Canadian women. The BC chapter was formed in 2015 and since then has raised over $680,000.

In addition to raising valuable, important funds towards a cure for MS, the information and support generated from WAMS will empower women with MS to continue living their lives with strength and courage.

Past WAMS honourees

  • Christine Sinclair, Captain of the Canadian women's soccer team and highest scoring soccer player of all time
  • Cyndi Millar, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Karimah Es Sabar, former CEO, Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD)
  • Dr Dessa Sadovnick, Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Director, Canadian Western Pacific
  • Regional Research & Training Centre for MS
  • Darcie & Kevin James, MS Community Champions from Vancouver Island.

Past WAMS keynote speakers

  • Zahra Al-Harazi, Entrepreneur and Transformative Leadership Expert
  • Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, the women behind the eye-opening Dove Campaign for Real Beauty.
  • Christine Sinclair, Captain of the Canadian women’s soccer team for the 2012 Olympics and role-model for a generation of young aspiring Canadian female soccer players.
  • Jacqui Cohen, President and CEO of Army & Navy, and Founder of Face the World Foundation
  • Dianne Doyle, former President and CEO, Providence Health Care

The facts about MS

  • Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
  • Women get MS three times more often than men.
  • The average age of diagnosis is often at the prime of people's life between 14 and 40 years.
  • MS is unpredictable and often disabling.
  • We are in the midst of a remarkable era in research, and with your support, our learnings will continue and translate to real, tangible impacts.