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MS Society Announces Media Award Winners, Canada

Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Article Date: 20 Jun 2008 - 0:00 PDT

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada announced the winners of its annual John Alexander Media Awards, recognizing excellence in print and broadcast journalism.

The awards were established to honour the late John Alexander's contribution to increasing public awareness of MS in Canada. The goal of the awards is to encourage excellence in writing and broadcasting about multiple sclerosis.

Print Award

Celia Milne receives the print award for an examination of how MS researchers are trying to find the answers to why MS is more prevalent among women. MS and the Canadian female connection highlighted an essential point - there has been increase in ratio of women to men who get MS now, compared to a few decades ago. The article was published in the Globe and Mail in July 2007.

Broadcast Award

Larry Read is recognized for The Faces of MS, a broadcast story about the Faces of MS: Public Education Project, an exhibit about Kamloops, B.C. residents affected by multiple sclerosis. Read's work illustrates the power of the community in raising awareness of the disease. CFJC News broadcasted the story in November 2007.

"We are pleased to honour the latest winners of the John Alexander Media Awards," says Yves Savoie, president of the MS Society of Canada. "Their outstanding work demonstrates how everyone can be involved in ending MS - from researchers to your next door neighbour."

Entries for the 2008 awards are now being accepted. The eligibility period is from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. Submission deadline is on January 31, 2009. For more information, visit

About multiple sclerosis and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. It is the most common neurological disease of young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. 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 or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

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