Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada  – Webinar Registration

MS 101: Newly Diagnosed Panel

Thursday October 27, 2022  3:00PM ET  (2 hours)

12:00PM  PT


1:00 MT




2:00PM CT


3:00PM ET


4:00PM AT


4:30PM NT


Have you, or someone close to you, been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)? Do you want to learn more about the disease, plus what the MS Society of Canada does to support individuals and families affected by MS? Join us for the MS 101 – Newly Diagnosed Panel session. Experts for this webinar include a neurologist, a young adult living with MS, and MS Society staff who will highlight how the society can help you on your MS Journey.


Dr. Laura Schiffer obtained her medical degree from McMaster University and completed her neurology residency at University of Toronto.  She obtained a fellowship in Behavioural Neurology, and a second fellowship in Facial Pain from the University of Toronto. She has been on staff at North York General hospital for over 25 years and has a general neurology practice in the community with a special interest in headache and multiple sclerosis, seeing patients in both North York and Mississauga. 

Jesse is a 34-year-old member of the MS community. Following his official diagnosis in August of 2020, Jesse has worked to establish a healthy routine in terms of diet, exercise and mental awareness to help manage his disease. He developed and facilitates the MS Society of Canada’s Newly Diagnosed Peer Support Group where his goal is to help build community of like-minded, newly diagnosed individuals, who can help support each other and share their knowledge and experiences.

Laurie has been with the MS Society for over 30 years. Her early years were spent on the fundraising team, in Saskatchewan, but she’s been involved with Programs & Services for over 25 years and recently took on the national role of Specialist for the Education Portfolio. “I’ve always found a tremendous sense of satisfaction when helping people find the information and/or supports they need. I was a ‘navigator’ before we had the MS Knowledge Network.”

Annette brings over 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, delivering client centered programs and services to very diverse groups of people. She is the Specialist for the MS Quality of Life (QoL) Equipment Grants. For over 17 years she has provided service and support to individuals living with MS and their families – to fund much needed medical equipment. She administered the day-to-day operations of the QoL Equipment Programs for over 15 years for Ontario Division and now manages the National QoL Grants for the MS Society.

Selassie has been with the MS Society as a bilingual MS Knowledge Network Navigator since June of this year, providing consistent, quality MS information and support for anyone in Canada. Selassie is passionate about assisting people affected by MS access a variety of programs and services and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Concordia University. “It is satisfying knowing that the information and resources that I share with people affected by MS have contributed to a greater sense of well-being. I am proud to be part of a team of MS Knowledge Network Navigators that are here to help!”