2023 Corporate Partner Award

The ALS Society of British Columbia’s 43rd Annual Volunteer Celebration & Awards Presentation

Contact: Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
Cell: 778-999-6257
[email protected]

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Fore a Cure: Vancouver Golf Club Takes Home ALS Society of BC Award

Recipient of the 2023 ALS Society of BC 2023 Corporate Partner Award
– Sean Thompson, Director of Golf at Vancouver Golf Club.

RICHMOND, British Columbia – The members of the Vancouver Golf Club have supported the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS since 2012. In 2023, $18,029 was raised to support ALS BC patient service programs. Golfers were Jordan Rourke, Sean Thompson, Michael Grabowski, Rachel Weibe, Shania Remandaban who golfed a collective 427 holes that day.

Over the past 12 years over $244,642 has been raised at the Vancouver Golf Club.

“Having only moved to BC in 2021, I have been blown away by the relationship that The ALS Society of BC has been able to establish with the PGA of BC and Golf Professionals within our province. Even prior to my arrival at VGC, we have been strong supporters of the Golfathon for ALS, and I am thrilled that my new team has been able to grow our involvement with this great cause. ALS has affected a number of families that are Members at Vancouver Golf Club, and the Golfathon for ALS has been a great way to hear their stories and get to know them better. In particular, it has been amazing to play multiple rounds with one of our Members – Bob McCusker – who has been influential in growing support for the ALS Society of BC at our Club.

While I only view myself to play a small part in facilitating the large contribution our membership makes to the Golfathon for ALS, I am extremely proud of our involvement, and I hope we can make 2024 the most successful year yet.” said Sean Thompson, Director of Golf at Vancouver Golf Club.

“In their post Golfathon report the group of 5 shared they had set a goal of completing 100 holes each in a day, as last year’s maximum for any individual golfer was 90 holes. Michael and Jordan played a 100-hole match with Michael the winner on round 5 and round 6, which was the last round of the day. Rachel holed out for Eagle on 17th hole on her first round cashing in on some member incentive donations.  At the end of the day, the five had completed staggering 40,800 yards which is equivalent to 37.3 Kilometers!” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. 

Sean Thompson’s award was presented at a “Celebration of Volunteerism and Service” ceremony hosted by the ALS Society of BC on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, in Richmond, BC.

Download logos and a high-resolution photo of the award recipient here.

About ALS BC: The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of British Columbia (ALS BC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Andrew Eisen, ALS patients and family members to meet the physical and emotional needs of people living with ALS and their caregivers. Our mission is to cure ALS through funding research, while advocating for and supporting people living with ALS. 

About ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere. Typically, the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.