As a champion fundraiser and advocate, Joanne Craven is a key member of the Fraser Valley MS Society (MSS.) Currently as Vice-Chair for the FV Board, Joanne devotes her time to MSS fundraisers and to making Abbotsford more accessible.
Thirty years ago, Joanne was diagnosed with MS and immediately got involved with the MSS by volunteering for the Carnation campaign. Over the years she’s participated in the first Fraser Valley MS Walk and MS Bike. To mark her 30th year with MS, Joanne recruited a team of over 30 family members and friends for the Abbotsford Walk. She’s now looking forward to Muck MS, the new 5KM outdoor obstacle event happening at Dicklands Farms this October.
In addition to fundraising, Joanne’s very proud of the board’s collaboration with the Abbotsford Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) department. Recently implemented, the PRC Special Needs Access Program (SNAP) provides Abbotsford residents, who have permanent disabilities as confirmed by a physician, with a 50% discount on recreation centre drop-in admissions and memberships. Joanne is a firm believer in the benefits of staying active and she is very hopeful that this initiative will help others live a healthy lifestyle.
Looking back on the past 30 years Joanne believes the MSS has made a real difference in the lives of those affected by MS. She is thankful that the Society provides easy access to information, education, and support.
Joanne has really enjoyed working with the MSS and says the best part is “feeling like you’re helping people like yourself, by creating things and making them happen.” She looks forward to continuing to make a difference and raising much needed funds!
For complete details on the Abbotsford SNAP program, please contact the Parks, Recreation & Culture Office at 604.859.3134.