February-December 2015 - Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Calendar of Events
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Saskatchewan Division | February 2015
Upcoming events - Client Services
Telehealth - Tax Talk with Ralph Goodale
March 5, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Telehealth site nearest you
The honorable Ralph Goodale will be speaking to people with MS and their families about tax benefits and
services available to people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities in Saskatchewan.
This session will be broadcast from the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre Auditorium in Regina. To reserve your
spot please call (306) 522-5600.
To view the session in other areas, please contact your
local health region’s Telehealth Coordinator:
Athabasca: (306) 439-2200
Cypress: (306) 778-5444
Five Hills: (306) 691-2635
Heartland: (306) 463-6150 ext. 304
Keewatin: (306) 833-3373
Kelsey Trail: (306) 862-7256
Mamawetan Churchill River: (306) 425-4819
Prairie North: (306) 446-6699
Prince Albert Parkland: (306) 765-6082
Regina Qu’Appelle: (306) 766-3377
Saskatoon Health Region: (306) 655-1573
Sun Country: (306) 842-8605
Sunrise: (306) 786-0776
The MS Society coordinates 2-4 Telehealth sessions per year on a variety of topics. The sessions are broadcast from
either Regina or Saskatoon to over 30 communities throughout the province. This type of information delivery is very
cost-effective for the society and allows people to participate at a site close to their home. Participation is free and the
two-way conferencing technology can accommodate questions for the presenters from the participating sites. In
2015, session topics may include: progressive MS, optometry, home care, smoking cessation and ability aids. If you
have a topic to suggest, or for more information, contact Dawn Young at [email protected] or by phone at
(306) 522-5600 ext 5010.
MS Therapies Education Session
April 16, 6:30pm-8pm
Moose Jaw Library
461 Langdon Crescent
A Safeway Pharmacist will come out to speak on the MS disease modifying therapies (DMTs) as well as
symptom management and complementary and alternative therapies.
This event is proudly sponsored by Safeway Pharmacy.
Strength Training
Saskatoon: YWCA, 510 25th St E
Tuesdays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursdays from 1:30 2:30 pm
Includes lifting weights (free weights or machines) to improve or maintain muscle strength and the individual’s
overall wellbeing. Qualified trainers are available. For more information or to register contact Kathy at 306244-2114 ext. 5050.
A big thank you goes out to Saskatchewan Lotteries for helping make the MS Strength Training program
Regina: Saturdays from April 25 – June 13, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Saskatoon: Fridays from March 6 – April 17, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Regina: Bodhi Tree Yoga
Saskatoon: YWCA, 510 25th St E
Yoga involves series of poses meant to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Some people find that yoga
improves their energy level, their moods and much more. Yoga is particularly suited for multiple sclerosis
because it can be adapted to an individual’s ability.
Advance registration is required. For more information or to register for Regina classes contact Bodhi Tree
Yoga at 306-552-9642.
A pilot MS Yoga program in Saskatoon will be launched on March 6. Space is limited so please contact Kathy
Moorman to register by February 27. You can reach Kathy via email at [email protected] or by
phone at (306) 244-2114 ext 5050.
A big thank you goes out to Saskatchewan Lotteries and the Saskatoon Community Initiatives Fund for helping
make the MS Yoga programs possible.
MS Saskatchewan – Calendar of Events | February 2015
Ongoing; no classes July - August
Regina: YMCA, 2400 13th Ave
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Saskatoon: YWCA, 510 25th St E
Mondays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Doing aerobic exercise in a relatively cooler pool is ideal for people affected by MS. It helps to prevent
overheating while working out which avoids the onset of MS symptoms associated with elevated body
temperatures. Instructors can modify routines based on an individual’s ability so everyone can participate. To
arrange for a free pass in Regina call Maureen at 306-351-2270. In Saskatoon call Kathy at 306-244-2114 ext.
A big thank you goes out to Saskatchewan Lotteries for helping make the MS Aquafit program possible.
MS Support Groups
Support Group Contacts
Big River, Canwood & Debden
Nokomis & Area
Prince Albert
Swift Current
Regina MS under 35
Regina Caregiver
Dana Alexander
Wendy Breker
Nicole Smigiel
Phyllis Sinclair
Tracy Wilson
Shirley Birtles
Susan Bain
Dawn Young
Carole Carter
Arnold Wiebe
Debbie Cummins
Gail Schutz
Amanda Matechuk
John Smith
Leader Phone
(306) 445-5572
(306) 469-4926
(306) 634-3936
(306) 862-9289
(306) 363-4889
(306) 522-5600
(306) 374-4727
(306) 873-5849
(306) 744-2608
Leader Email
[email protected]
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MS Support Groups help those affected by MS cope with their symptoms while learning more about MS. They
provide social connections for those who know what it is like to live with this unpredictable disease. Each
group has a designated facilitator to help direct conversation and questions, and occasionally there is a theme
and a presenter. The groups strive to create a positive approach to learning about living with MS. For more
information, please contact your local Support Group leader.
MS Saskatchewan – Calendar of Events | February 2015
Upcoming events - Fundraising
Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk
25 Anniversary Regina and Saskatoon MS Walks (April 26) and Community MS Walks
across Saskatchewan (May 3, 23, and 24)
Every year more than 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country support the MS
Walk and raise vital funds for people living with MS. In Saskatchewan there are 14 Saskatchewan Blue Cross
MS Walks each year, and this year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Regina and Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Blue Cross MS Walks!
The Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk is a celebration of the power we have to change the lives of Canadians
with MS. By coming together at your local Walk and through your fundraising efforts, you can make a tangible
and life-changing difference to thousands of people with MS. The Walk is a heartwarming and meaningful
community gathering, and it’s a chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones along the way!
The Saskatchewan Blue Cross MS Walk is a family-oriented, community-supported event that offers walking
routes of varying lengths including a wheelchair-accessible route and features start/finish line activities
including inspiring words from MS Ambassadors.
Visit www.mswalks.ca or call our office for more details.
Mr. Lube Founder's Day
May 8-10
Since 2007, Mr. Lube has hosted this campaign and raised more than $350,000 towards MS research,
programs and services for people with MS by donating $2 from every oil change performed at any Mr. Lube
across Canada during the Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10, 2015). Mark your calendars with a reminder to
help support this campaign!
Hit-A-Ball for MS
Registration opens May 11
Hit-A-Ball for MS is a fun and easy feature to add to your golf tournament that also helps the MS Society
connect with a cure! Each year approximately 60 golf tournaments in Regina and Saskatoon incorporate HitA-Ball for MS at one of the holes. We welcome volunteers to assist us in tournaments or share this fundraising
initiative with tournament organizers. For more information, please call 1-800-268-7582.
MS Saskatchewan – Calendar of Events | February 2015
Cruisin' to End MS
August 20
Your local A&W
Mark your calendar for the annual A&W Cruisin’ to end MS campaign, when $1.00 from every Teen Burger sold
goes to the MS Society. On the day of the event, A&W stores often host additional activities for the whole
family, such as a classic car shows, silent auctions, and kid zones. This campaign began in Saskatchewan and
has raised more than $5 million in the past five years. We welcome you to do some good while you eat
something good! For more information, visit http://cruisintoendms.ca
K+S MS Bike
Moose Jaw (August 15 & 16) and Waskesiu (September 19)
MS Bike is the largest cycling series in North America. Since 1989, cyclists of all ages and fitness levels have
joined together for the MS Bike every year. The K+S MS Bike tours provide participants with the opportunity to
ride through scenic parts of the province while raising money to help end MS. All you need to participate is a
bike and the passion to end MS! Take advantage of discounts on early registration, and start fundraising and
training now! Check out www.msbike.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information.
Upcoming events - Government Relations
Research Luncheon
Date and location TBA
Every year in May, the MS Society is pleased to host an informative and exciting education and Q&A session
on the topic of leading Canadian MS research that is important to our members. Watch for updates at
mssociety.ca and member communication coming soon on the specific topic and researcher that will be
coming to Saskatoon in May 2015.
MS Saskatchewan – Calendar of Events | February 2015
Calendar of Events
President: Erin Kuan
Division Board Chair: Brian Duck
Editor: Virginia Percy, Communications Manager
The MS Saskatchewan Calendar of Events is published by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Saskatchewan Division.
The contents may be reprinted with customary credit.
Contact us
150 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4R 2N2
Tel: 306-522-5600 • Fax: 306-565-0477
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mssociety.ca
22-1738 Quebec Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 1V9
Tel: 306-244-2114 • Fax: 306-665-3376
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mssociety.ca
Our mission
To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected with MS to enhance their quality of life.
Office hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Please feel free to contact us prior to your visit to let us know how we can best serve you.
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MS Saskatchewan – Calendar of Events | February 2015