Claudine Cook – I have found a united family

As the holidays approach, we’re often inclined to look back on the past year. What were the highlights? What are we thankful for? What do we want for the coming year? We asked members of the ALS community to share their thoughts about the year drawing to a close.

When I started working at the ALS Society of Quebec in 2004, I found more than a job, I found a family. One that is united, supportive, diverse, and tightly knit.

This December, you were introduced to a few members who have taught our team so much over the years.

From Carole, we learned that you should never wait for “someday” to come to make your dreams come true. Thanks to your donations, mothers with ALS like Carole can hold on to their independence long enough to do what they’ve always wanted to do, like take a ride in a hot air balloon.

The generous and always attentive Guy and Dr. Richard Robitaille remind us that we must never give up. The spark of hope we saw in Guy’s and his companions’ eyes when they visited Dr. Robitaille’s lab is the same spark that glows in everyone affected by ALS who relies on the advances made through research. Without your donations, this spark would surely fade away.

Diane and Isabelle are amazingly strong and resilient women. In honour of their late spouses, their actions, have had and will have a direct impact on other families for years to come. They are proof that beauty can emerge from the struggles of our everyday trials and tribulations. The creations of the Vincent-Bourque Foundation and of new online resources for caregivers are perfect examples of this.


I hope their stories have inspired you to make a difference. If you’ve already donated as part of our matching campaign, thank you! If not, there’s still time for you to make a gesture of support and compassion, for which you will be issued a tax receipt for 2018.

On behalf of our entire team, the board of directors, the volunteers, and the families who benefit from your support, please accept my very best wishes for 2019.

With warmest regards,

Claudine Cook
Executive Director
ALS Society of Quebec

Your donation to ALS Quebec will immediately provide families touched by ALS with:
  • Assistive technology, e.g., the rental or loan of a wheelchair, an assistive communication device, or coverage of the monthly costs of a medical alert/monitoring service;
  • Financial support to adapt their homes;
  • Respite programs to give caregivers and ALS patients a breather;
  • Psychosocial support and an information and referral service;
  • Social activities to give them an opportunity to forge relationships with others;
  • The hope that researchers will find a cure.

During this holiday season, make a donation to ALS Quebec in support of families touched by ALS.
Thank you to the Reed family and to the Tenaquip Foundation for matching all donations received before
December 31, 2018, up to $50,000, in memory of its founder, Kenneth Reed, who succumbed to ALS in 2006.