Accepting the Certificate of Exceptional Achievement on behalf of Local 258 IBEW is Brother Dan Klassen, ABM, with Janet Palm, President, BC & Yukon Division, MS Society of Canada, right and Paula Springman, Director of Development, BC & Yukon Division, MS Society of Canada.
Local 258 IBEW was pleased to accept a Certificate of Exceptional Achievement - Community Group, recently awarded by the MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon Division, on behalf of members who have supported fundraising efforts directed at the MS Society over the years through attending the union’s annual golf tournament and other events.
Citing Local 258’s commitment, initiative and dedication above and beyond that which would normally be expected in response to multiple sclerosis, the MS Society presented Brother Dan Klassen, ABM, with the certificate at their offices. They have also acknowledged Brother Klassen’s and Brother Mark Davison’s commitment with helping organize the union’s contribution to the annual golf tournament in their newsletter and on their website.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has a long standing relationship with the MS Society that goes back many years when Brother Jim Wolfgang initiated the union’s involvement.
Brother Wolfgang began his career as a construction electrician with Local 230 and in 1958, became an Assistant Business Manager with the Local before taking on the role of International Representative working out of the Toronto office.
Brother Wolfgang was diagnosed with MS in the mid-60’s and continued to work until his doctor advised him to retire in 1985. It was then he became involved as a volunteer with the MS Society, eventually becoming Chair of the MS Society’s Central Island Chapter, a position which he recently stepped down from due to his health. Brother Wolfgang has made an immense contribution to the successful relationship between IBEW and the non-profit charity organization.
Over the past 13 years, Local 258 has raised over $83,000 for the MS Society, funds that have helped make programs and services available, free of charge, to those affected by this chronic and life-changing disease. Local 258’s contributions have also helped fund research into finding the cause and cure for MS.
The MS Society of Canada is the largest single funder of MS research in Canada and Canada is a leader in research internationally.