Abbotsford – For 34 years, Abbotsford resident Joanne Craven has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS). Instead of letting her diagnosis take over her life, it fueled her to raise awareness about the disease which resulted into helping more people affected by MS than she could have imagined.
Over the years, Joanne has been involved with the MS Walk, MS Bike, Muck MS, Abbotsford Self Help Group and was the former chair of the MS Society of Canada Fraser Valley Chapter Board. Her inspiring efforts in volunteering, public awareness and community leadership has made a significant impact to the MS community in Abbotsford.
“Being a member of the MS community is important to me as I feel that I can help others affected by MS. With my many local connections I can help put staff members in touch with local people,” says Joanne.
She was presented with the 2018 BC & Yukon Division’s MS Champion Award along with Sherri Mytopher from Fort St. John, BC. They were among the seven individuals who were recognized for their exceptional volunteer efforts for the organization, on Nov. 3 at the inaugural MS Connect ’18 conference in Sheraton Guildford Vancouver Hotel.
“Winning this award means the world to me,” exclaims Joanne. “My daughter has followed my footsteps in volunteering extensively with the MS Society and I am very proud of her for doing that.”