Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver’

Vancouver ScotiaBank MS Walk 2015

Written by on May 25th, 2015 –

Yesterday was the Vancouver ScotiaBank MS Walk. This year. the walk was held at a new location, at The Plaza of Nations right along False Creek in beautiful downtown Vancouver. This meant that the route ran right along the seawall. It was a gorgeous walk for everyone who participated.

The turn out was fantastic-about 500 people showed up and there was so much to see-teams in costumes…


Teams with signs…


Teams whose participants were doing the course their own way…

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Written by on August 26th, 2014 –


(Kits Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

So a few months ago, you may have read my post about Taryn Lencoe’s 12 hour solo ocean marathon swim for MS. My husband has known Taryn’s dad since he was a kid (he was my husband’s swim coach) and we had crossed paths at Vancouver Open Water Swim (VOWSA) events, but the day I interviewed Taryn to write the post was the first time we’d met.

Taryn is a beautiful woman-she is warm and funny and has a gentle, thoughtful spirit that belies the fierce competitive streak that lies beneath. When I met her, I just wanted to hug her and by the time we’d finished talking, I did just that. You can’t help but like her instantly.  (more…)

F.U.MS in Vancouver

Written by on November 1st, 2013 –

Billy Talent was here in Vancouver the last two nights, playing concerts at the Commodore. Loribelle and I were invited to come and help Aaron out by manning his F.U.MS booth. We had a great time meeting Aaron’s fans, sharing information about and letting them know about Aaron’s new “Ask Aaron” section in the forum, as well as selling t-shirts to help raise funds for the Canadian MS Society. We did a lot of tweeting and even gave away a signed copy of their latest album to one lucky couple who saw the tweet to be the first to visit the F.U.MS booth to win it.

Last night Aaron came to meet Loribelle, her husband and I before the doors opened. It was nice to finally put a face to a name, after all this time. We had the chance to chat and I gave Aaron an NMO awareness bracelet, which he immediately put on. He very kindly asked us which of the band’s t-shirts we would like to have and then took them and had them signed by the entire band.

Loribelle and I had also never met before, so doing this volunteer gig was the first time we’ve crossed paths. It was great hanging out and getting to know her and I am sure we’ll get together the next time she’s in town.

THANK YOU Aaron for the opportunity to help out. Have a great time on the European leg of your tour!


NMO Information Day 2013

Written by on September 10th, 2013 –

Hello Everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer!

I wanted to share with you that the UBC NMO Clinic & Research Program will be hosting a FREE public information day about Neuromyelitis Optica on Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 from 9 am-2:30 pm. The event will be held at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, which is located at 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC. Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in attending, please register here.

Last year’s event was the first time many local NMO patients had a chance to meet others living with this rare disease. It was also a valuable opportunity for those who had been or were in the process of being tested for NMO to gain important information. If you are in the Metro Vancouver area and have questions about NMO, I strongly encourage you to come. Attending last year armed me with enough information that I was able to advocate for a consult with an NMO specialist which ultimately led to finally getting a proper diagnoses. Knowledge is power!

I also wanted to share that I will be one of the guest speakers at this year’s NMO Information Day. I’ll be presenting about my experience with the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program. If you attend, please be sure to come find me and say hello!