Dave Walman

Recognized for helping those with Lou Gehrig’s disease

Dave Walman of Surrey wins Roy Slater Volunteer of the Year Award from the ALS Society of British Columbia.

  • Apr. 18, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Dave Walman of Surrey has won the 2015 Roy Slater Volunteer of the Year Award from the ALS Society of British Columbia

Walman is a director on the ALS Society of BC board and chairs the Patient Services Committee. He dedicates his time to help those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Walman received the award on April 5.

In 2015 he took over as support group leader for the Abbotsford Living with ALS Support Group.

He supported the walk committees and attended the Vernon, Abbotsford, Kamloops, Richmond-Vancouver and Dawson Creek Walk for ALS events.

Walman makes himself available to represent the ALS Society of BC at numerous third-party fundraising events. Though he does not log all the hours he volunteers, a conservative estimate of his volunteerism in 2015 exceeds 250 hours.

“Dave is an essential part of the ALS Society of BC family,” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of B.C.

The award is named after Roy Slater, who was a dedicated volunteer with the ALS Society of BC, before passing away in 1993 from the disease.

The award is given to those who epitomize volunteerism through selfless contribution to the ALS Society of B.C. and those it serves.

ALS is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. There is no cure.

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