Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada.
When Pallavi Shetty reached out to volunteer with the MS Society in 2013, she did not know much about MS or the fight to find a cure for it.
Having moved from India the year before, she was just seeking to build some experience in human resources. But by taking on different projects as a Volunteer Resources Assistant and a Co-chair for the MS Walk, Pallavi soon grew to love the vibe of the volunteers and the passion they bring to the cause.
Having worked with the MS Society for 18 months, Pallavi has fond memories collaborating with event volunteers, especially those who are battling MS. She remembers making a presentation about the event to the North Vancouver Mayor and Council alongside volunteers Jennifer Fraser and Ray Miller. Both have MS and yet display remarkable optimism and enthusiasm in their roles with the MS Society.
Pallavi explains that it is inspiring for her to continue having “the opportunity to learn more about MS and what gives volunteers the inspiration to keep coming back.”
Pallavi now says “it brings me so much happiness to be connected to the cause.” She feels the MS Society makes volunteers feel really important and “that sets the MS Society apart from other organizations”.
The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease.
Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.