Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) movement
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects three times as many women as men. This revealing statistic is at the heart of the Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) movement. Made to measure by and for women from different professional backgrounds, WAMS brings together influential personalities who are ready to act now to build a world without MS. Since its creation, WAMS has enabled the Quebec Division of the MS Society to raise near 2 million dollars.
The growing success of WAMS is largely due to the exceptional women who have joined the group in the last few years. We are grateful to these predecessors : Céline Hervieux-Payette (2016 PC Senator), Anne-Marie Hubert (2015 EY), Carole Chapdelaine (2014 Scotiabank), Anna Martini (2013 Groupe Dynamite), Isabelle Hudon (2012 Sun Life Financial, Quebec), Isabelle Marcoux (2011 Transcontinental), Jacynthe Côté (2010 Rio Tinto Alcan), Christiane Bergevin (2009 then at SNC-Lavalin), Johanne Lépine (2008 Aon Parizeau Inc.) and Christiane Germain (2007 Groupe Germain) who have supported WAMS; thanks to their outstanding professional and personal qualities, they have helped the MS Society take another step towards a world free of multiple sclerosis.
This year, Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Senior Vice President, People and Culture at Air Canada, joins us to stop MS.
*The positions listed above correspond to the ones held by the honourees when they received the WAMS Award of Distinction.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society and its mission
The mission of the MS Society of Canada, founded in 1948, is: To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.
The Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is the principal resource in the province for information about multiple sclerosis, services for people with MS and family members, and education programs. Services and programs are delivered usually through the 18 local chapters which serve communities across Quebec
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada funds research to find the causes and cure for this disease. It also provides services to people with MS and their families. Please visit mssociety.ca for more information.