2017 Community Awards –
Recognizing Outstanding Leadership from
our Community
Myeloma Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Community Awards for members across Canada. Find out more on the individuals who have made significant contributions to the Canadian myeloma community in 2017.
The Excellence in Advocacy Medal (TEAM) Award was created in 2009 to recognize outstanding achievements by patient advocates and their supporters who lead successful campaigns to fight for equitable access to myeloma treatments. In 2012, the award was renamed the Carolyn Henry Memorial TEAM Award in recognition of Carolyn’s pioneering advocacy efforts.
Left to right: Francine Ducas & Maryse Bouchard
Montreal, Quebec
This year’s award is presented to two women who, for many years and especially in 2017, have made significant strides in advocating for myeloma patients and for access to better care in Quebec. Myeloma Canada would like to applaud the efforts of Maryse Bouchard and Francine Ducas for leading a very successful Awareness Day at the Quebec National Assembly that was attended by half a dozen MNAs from across the province, as well as a representative from the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) . Congratulations for your well-deserved accolades and for advocating on behalf of myeloma patients across the province.
Erma Roung
Windsor, Ontario

Determined to help make a difference and support Myeloma Canada in memory of her husband Ken, in 2010 Erma Roung decided to roll up her sleeves and get involved by organizing the first Multiple Myeloma March in Windsor. This year’s event attracted 207 participants and raised $41,000, pushing the seven-year fundraising total to $215,000. Leading by example, Erma has been instrumental in bringing the community in Windsor together and has greatly inspired community engagement from others. In fact, in 2017, the Windsor myeloma community held the highest number of events in Canada, and local participation continues to grow. We would like to congratulate Erma for her achievement in surpassing the $200,000 milestone, and extend our gratitude for her constant and enthusiastic involvement in the cause.  

Julie Salsman’s was inspired to help found a local support group after attending her first Myeloma Canada InfoSession for patients and caregivers in Halifax. Her volunteer efforts in her own community over the years has grown in scope to include the national community, and her engagement has been invaluable in advancing our cause. Her involvement in the many aspects of patient and caregiver support has been exemplary. Locally, she continues to act as a co-leader of the Nova Scotia Myeloma Support Group, as well as a co-leader of the annual Multiple Myeloma March in Halifax. At the national level, Julie serves as vice-chair of the Myeloma Patient Advisory Council and is leader coordinator of the National Support Group Network. Launched in 2017, Julie also had an instrumental part in the development of the Support Group Leaders Toolkit and is a member of the Myeloma Canada Advocacy Committee, playing a major role in awareness days across the country. Thank you, Julie, for stepping up and acting to make myeloma matter.
Julie Salsman
Julie Salsman
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Rolland Manning
Thunder Bay, Ontario

In just a short amount of time, Rolland Manning, a caregiver from Thunder Bay, Ontario, droppable-1518549240585has made a significant contribution to making myeloma matter in Northern Ontario. Organizing the first-ever Multiple Myeloma March in Thunder Bay, which raised a total of $11,300, he has also spread awareness by making a splash in the local media 21 times and assisted in setting up the city’s first-ever Myeloma Canada InfoSession. As if that weren’t enough, Rolland initiated a new Support Group in Thunder Bay, allowing patients and caregivers from near and far to connect with a local network and find help. Thank you, Rolland for putting myeloma on the map in Thunder Bay.