MS programs will continue after office closure

The South and Central Vancouver Island Chapter of the MS Society of Canada is proud of the service we have been providing.

The South and Central Vancouver Island Chapter of the MS Society of Canada is proud of the service we have been providing to the Cowichan Valley for more than 15 years.

During this time, we have delivered programs and services to people living with multiple sclerosis in our local and surrounding communities, as well as their families and loved ones who are also affected by this disease.

To improve access and provide consistent service to all people living with MS in our region, the Duncan office of our South and Central Vancouver Island Chapter is moving to a mobile arrangement — modelled after successful operations in other areas of the province, such as Nanaimo.

This change allows us to improve our flexibility and availability via phone and email and to travel throughout our region to meet with our members in person, while significantly decreasing expenses.

To ensure that the donations we receive are being directed to where they are needed most — funding much needed research, programs and services — we will be closing the physical office space in Duncan as of Nov. 30.

It is important to share that all high-quality programs, services and events will continue in the Cowichan Valley.

The arts and crafts support group, tai chi classes and education sessions will remain centrally located in downtown Duncan.

Our six MS Walk events on Vancouver Island (including the Duncan MS Walk) and our MS Bike–Cowichan Grape Escape will continue to raise funds for the entire region, from Victoria through the south and central island to Parksville/Qualicum and Port Alberni.

The public and members may continue to call 250-748-7010, and one of our staff members will be happy to provide information and answer questions.

Information and resources will always be available on our website at

We thank our members of the Cowichan Valley for their support during this time of transition.


Tania Vrionis

President, B.C. & Yukon Division

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

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