Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Calgary & Area Chapter

Through every area of our work – research to discover new treatments, advocacy to help people qualify for AISH or CPPD, support groups and social programs – we aim to help people live better with multiple sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often disabling disease, with no cure at present. It has a profound impact on every area of a person’s life. It is unpredictable and presents in different forms. Many people can live normal lives for many years, others develop more progressive forms of the disease resulting in various degrees of paralysis. We often refer to MS as Canada’s disease because:

  • Over 100,000 Canadians live with MS
  • Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world and we don’t know why


Through generous contributions from donors, corporate sponsors, and fervent fundraisers, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has:

  • Invested over $140 million dollars in research since its inception in 1948
  • Canada continues to remain at the forefront of MS research around the world
  • MS Society funded studies have gone the distance in areas such as imaging, diagnosis, genetics, tissue repair, rehabilitation, stem cell research and disease-modifying therapies that have significant positive results for people affected by MS. 
  • With each passing year research continues to reveal new knowledge around the cause of MS, as well as the mechanism by which MS impacts the central nervous system.

When the MS Society was founded, there were no treatments for those living with MS. Now, with the help of the MS Society, there are 11 different disease modifying treatments available through Alberta Health Care. However, because of the unpredictability of the disease, there is still work to be done.

For the latest in MS research go visit our website.  The MS Society has various programs to help those affected by the disease. We support those living with MS and their families through:

Support and Self-help groups

  • Self-help groups – peer or volunteer led program offered throughout our boundaries in order to reduce barriers and improve social isolation. Groups meet in the community.
  • Peer match program through our National office – This program matches peers, and uses the conveniences of telephone or internet thereby allowing individuals access to support and information as needed.
  • Friendly Visiting Volunteer Program – This program matches individuals, under 65, living in long-term care with a volunteer in order to reduce social isolation and increase.

Information and Referral

  • MS Knowledge Network – Nation wide bilingual service that connect individuals with information and support, either by phone, email or on-line. Navigators will have extended hours of service and be link to the most up-to-date information.
  • Public awareness/ community presentations/booths – Through our awareness we engage the public and educate individuals about the challenges of living with MS and disability issues in general. Through this awareness we reduce barriers and promote a more inclusive community.


  • Provide education for individuals/families in order to empower them to make decisions for their on-going health care and wellness needs.

Advocacy, Individual and Systemic

  • Individual advocacy around issues of housing, employment, income replacement. We assist with applications and appeals and advocate for needed services to enhance the individual’s quality of life.
  • Work in collaboration with other agencies and organizations to affect change and reduce stigma related to disability.  By reducing barriers, we provide an opportunity for individuals to fully participate within our communities.

Systems Navigation

  • Assists persons affected by MS to identify, navigate, and access services and supports, thereby enhancing the individual to access what they need.

Quality of Life Equipment Funding

  • A fund of last resort providing individuals with necessary equipment.

Make a DonationDonors to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada are making a difference. Your donations mean we can fund MS research that is helping doctors diagnose MS, discover better treatments and find a cure for this disabling disease.

There are many ways individuals can help support the MS Society of Canada. By participating and fundraising in one of our events, volunteering, organizing a fundraiser, or donating directly to the MS Society.

Johnson MS Bike–Airdrie to Olds:

Embark on an extraordinary journey with over 800 cyclists through scenic rural Alberta. On this two-day, 180km road ride you will enjoy rest stops along the way stocked with food, beverages and smiling faces. Weekend celebrations include Beer Gardens, live entertainment and more! Bring friends, family and supporters alike to cheer you on. The tour is equipped with transportation, mechanical and first aid support. We invite everyone age 10 and up of all abilities to challenge themselves by registering today. Enjoy a weekend of excitement, fun and profound accomplishment as you join the fight to end MS.

Jayman BUILT MS Walk–Calgary:

Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. When you join the Jayman BUILT MS Walk, you join our country’s collective effort to help improve the lives of Canadians affected by MS. The dollars you raise are invested in world-leading MS research happening right here in Canada. It’s an exciting time for MS research, and your fundraising will help improve the quality of life of Canadians affected by MS today, and those who may receive a diagnosis tomorrow.


VolunteerThe Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is an organization founded by volunteers and continually fueled by the initiative and dedication of thousands of volunteers across the country.

Click here to read the stories of our exceptional volunteers and their impact in furthering our mission to be leaders in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. If you are interested in volunteering for the Calgary chapter, don’t hesitate and call us today.

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Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Calgary & Area Chapter

Zachary Champoux



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