Steph Schumann photo Staff and students from Langley Christian School were honoured for their support of the ALS Society.

Langley folks support ALS Society through various means

A recent award ceremony in Richmond lauded Langley efforts.

Fort Langley’s Jim Williams has been recognized for his contribution in supporting the ALS Community.

He has been named an Honorary Life Member of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of BC. This year’s ALS Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held on April 4 in Richmond.

“Jim is an amazing volunteer who has given so much of himself for the betterment of others. He lives by the motto, ‘if every person contributed one volunteer hour a week, poverty could be eradicated from the face of the world,’” said Wendy Toyer, executive director of the ALS Society of BC.

Williams has been volunteering for the ALS Society of BC for 30 years, since he came forward to take the place of his father, George “Sonny” Williams, when he was diagnosed with ALS. Since 2010, he has served on the board of directors of the ALS Society of BC, and the finance committee. Williams was chairman for the ALS Memorial Golf Tournament Committee from 1990 to 2016. When the society received a donation from the Canadian Armed Forces of medical equipment, it exceeded the needs of ALS patients in B.C. Williams decided to contribute the excess equipment to the ALS Society of New Brunswick, which did not have an Equipment Loan Program at the time. Working with his colleagues in the moving industry, Williams transported the equipment, a 27-day trip using multiple carriers at no cost to either charity.

“My experience with the ALS Society of BC has been very rewarding. I feel like I receive more than I give,” said Williams. “The people I work with every day and the passion they bring to the entire organization are what motivate me in volunteering for the Society.”

Honorary Life Member recognizes extraordinary volunteers contributing to the support of the ALS community for at least than five years.

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