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Peoples Drug Mart/Peoples Pharmacy Supporting ALS

Peoples Drug Mart CEO Ian Maxwell and Ed Sue Marketing and Advertising Manager, present ALS BC Executive Director Wendy Toyer with a $25,000 cheque as the title sponsor of the Walks for ALS in BC & the Yukon.

Peoples Drug Mart/Peoples Pharmacy has been the title sponsor of the walks for ALS in B.C. and the Yukon since 2005. 

Over the past 11 years, Peoples Drug Mart has donated in excess of $480,180 to support patient services provided by the ALS Society. 

Winner of the WestJet Ticket Raffle Draw

Congratulations to Steve White of Lumby, BC for winning the WestJet  Raffle draw.  

The draw was held during the Walk for ALS in Vernon on September 11, 2016 at Polson Park.

We would like to thank everyone who bought  tickets and helped market the ticket sales.  The raffle raised $7,880 for ALS patient equipment loan program.


ALS Societyof BC Victoria Chapter elected

VICTORIA - Sunday September 11, 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the ALS Society of BC Victoria Chapter was held tot elect the 2016/17 chapter executive committee was elected.  

Elected for a one year term were.

Treasurer - George Stewardson
Secretary – Shannon Ngongo-Underdown
Directors at Large
- Cheryalee Hutchinson
- Dianne Nadeau
- Peter Barriscale
- Jerry Underdown

Standing down after two years of service were Joyanne Plewes (in photo with ALS BC VP Paul LeBlanc) and Susan Brice.



Summer has come and gone, but my 2016 Golf-A-Thon for ALS is about to launch… Off the Dock!

In past years I have golfed up The Golden Hinde, the tallest mountain on Vancouver Island. I have also golfed teeing off on every hole with a baseball bat in honour of  Yankee great Lou Gehrig, whose name is synonymous with the disease, donning a Gehrig jersey and Yankees hat, playing 184 holes in a day to match his single season RBI record. This year I am taking the ALS message to the sea, and the Gulf Islands!

2016 ALS Doctoral Award Recipients

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2016 recipients of the Doctoral Research Awards. It is imperative that promising young investigators are supported and encouraged into a career focused on ALS research if we are to reach our vision of making the disease treatable. Attracting the brightest young minds to ALS research will contribute to a succession plan for the Canadian ALS research community and will enhance the potential for younger perspectives to bring new ideas to the field.

Jamie Laycock completes 3,000 km cycle for ALS

Jamie Laycock of MND Scotland has completed his 3,000 KM cycling trip from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego in one month. 

Jamie's Ride

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge leads to new gene discovery

July 28, 2016 –  Researchers announced that the gene NEK1 has been found to play a significant role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This landmark discovery is the result of an 11-country research collaboration that was funded through the Ice Bucket Challenge. The research team included 3 Canadians, one of whom was directly funded by the ALS Society of Canada for their work during this discovery.

Vancouver to Mexico by Bike, 3000KM for Motor Neurone Disease (MND/ALS) Scotland SEND OFF

Today Jamie Laycock from Helensburgh, Scotland departed from the ALS Society of BC’s office, Richmond B.C. Canada on his 3,000km trek on bicycle to Mexico.  Jamie, whose father is living with MND/ALS, is doing the ride in honour of his father, and to raise funds and awareness for voice banking.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is referred to as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) outside of North America.

Peoples Drug Mart Stars of Hope