Williams Lake residents Bill Montgomery (front left) and Angus Morrison lead the way in the Seventh Annual Walk for ALS in Boitanio Park Saturday. (Greg Sabatino photos)

VIDEO: Williams Lake Walk for ALS raises $18,000 for research, support

A sea of purple flooded Boitanio Park Saturday for the Seventh Annual Walks for ALS

A sea of purple flooded Boitanio Park Saturday for the Seventh Annual Walks for ALS in Williams Lake.

Volunteers, organizers, families, friends and supporters of those affected by the disease — in all upwards of 100 walkers — helped raise $18,000 toward support and awareness for people living with ALS.

“I think this is a record here,” said Wendy Toyer, executive director of the ALS Society of BC, who was visiting Williams Lake for the walk.

“I’m amazed how much this has grown, and I want to thank everyone for coming out, and thank the community for its support.”

Eileen Campbell, one of the event’s organizers who originally started the walk in Williams Lake seven years ago, echoed Toyer’s sentiments and said she can’t believe how much the walk has grown.

“When we first started my vision was to have more people,” she said. “We didn’t have a support system here, and now I feel we’ve got a whole community. It’s important to know people, share the same journey and support people.”

The walk began with speeches from dignitaries including Toyer, Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb, Campbell and Williams Lake Walk for ALS co-ordinator Chris Seibert, and two local residents, Bill Montgomery and Angus Morrison, who are living with ALS.

Following the walk through Boitanio Park there was a silent auction and barbecue for participants, along with entertainment from local musicians Rosetta Paxton, LeRae Haynes, Al Giddens and Bernadette Ducharme.

READ MORE: Golfers raise funds for ALS

The walk is a nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for patient services and ALS research.

Proceeds from the Walk for ALS go to the ALS Society of BC to provide support services for people living with ALS in BC and to the Canadian ALS Research program to strive toward a world without ALS.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Angus Morrison speaks to the participants prior to the start of the walk.

Bill Montgomery speaks to the crowd in attendance.

ALS Society of BC executive director Wendy Toyer speaks to the crowd.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb and volunteer Kelly Walls.

Williams Lake’s Bill Montgomery, who is living with ALS, and his granddaughter Amanda Pearson (back from left), wife Elsie Montgomery, son-in-law Mike Pearson, daughter Koralee Pearson and granddaughter (front right) Emily Pearson.

Don Taylor signs the Memory Board in Boitanio Park during the Walk for ALS Saturday.

Volunteers Chris Seibert, Eileen Campbell, Connie Haeussler and Leo Rankin work the registration desk.

Just Posted

Falcons looking to rejuvenate hoops program; provincial berth targetted

Lake City Falcons senior boys basketball coach Harrison Stupich couldn’t ask for a better group

Greenland and Nunavit to be featured at Travel and Dessert Night

One Arctic — Two histories at St. Andrew’s United Church Feb. 20

EDITORIAL: Hold your family close

What are your plans for Family Day?

Robbery of local pizzeria foiled

The Williams Lake RCMP are seeking a charge of robbery following the incident

T-wolves claim home-ice advantage for playoffs

Saturday, Williams Lake breezed to an 8-0 trouncing of the Thunder.

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

The can’t decide the pipeline’s fate until a new round of consultations with Indigenous communities

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read