2023 Exceptional Advocacy Award – Jan Bruce

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

Celebrating Jan Bruce: A Beacon of Hope for ALS Advocacy

Recipient of the 2023 ALS Society of BC Exceptional Advocacy Award
– Jan Bruce from Vancouver, BC.

RICHMOND, British Columbia – The purpose of this award is to recognize an exceptional advocacy initiative that sought to improve quality of life for a person or persons with ALS during the previous 12 months.  This award recognizes; individual advocacy on behalf of a person affected by ALS and/or an initiative that changes public policy to the benefit of people affected by ALS.

Jan Bruce appeared in the October 2023 Multimedia Campaign for PROJECT HOPE. She appears in the PSA, ALS BC website masthead; the Corus Entertainment and ALS BC social media channels to advocate for support for PROJECT HOPE.

“Jan’s positive outlook on life, despite living with ALS for 11 years is inspirational. She always has a smile to share lighting up the room. Jan is an active member of the ALS community attending Living with ALS Support Groups, ALS events such as the ALS night at the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Canadians games and cheering on golf professionals supporting the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS. Thank you, Jan for your courageous support of others living with ALS.” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. 

Jan Bruce’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.