A Tillsonburg woman was recently recognized for her contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, both for her fundraising efforts and her participation with the organization over the past several years.
Henriette Benoit was recently presented with an award at a banquet, Dinner of Champions, in Toronto on Nov. 9.
“When I was awarded, I hadn’t any idea. I wasn’t going for any specific amount. I just try my best and it’s been averaging over $10,000 every year,” said Benoit. “When it hit over $100,000 (over 10 years) this year I couldn’t believe it.”
Benoit received recognition for raising more than $10,000 in the 2012 Super Cities Walk for Multiple Sclerosis and over $100,000 for the MS Society since 2002. Lori Anne McNulty, senior manager, fundraising events of the MS Society chapter in London, presented Benoit with a medal during the awards banquet in Toronto.
In addition, Benoit was also honoured for her time spent volunteering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and presented with a certificate of appreciation by Glenna Heggie, volunteer coordinator for the MS Society in late October.
Benoit has been involved with the MS Society of Canada for close to 15 years and first began to participate in the Super Cities Walk in 1998, after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with the disease.
“My daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” she added. “I try my best every year for people that have this disease because there’s no cure.”
Benoit has worked with local chapters of the MS Society across Ontario including London, Toronto and Cambridge, where her youngest daughter now lives.
Benoit credits her fundraising success to the people of Tillsonburg, who continue to support her efforts in helping find a cure for this disease.
“It’s because of the people who are donating this money – the people in Tillsonburg are wonderful,” she said. “I want to thank the people of Tillsonburg for their support for over ten years. They are truly amazing.”