MS Society Leadership Volunteers - MS Society Council Member - Government Relations and Advocacy


The Interior Regional Chapter council will consist of a group of leadership volunteers who will bring knowledge, expertise or interests in and will have responsibilities in one or more areas of the organization; fundraising, research, programs and services, government relations and advocacy, and public awareness. The purpose of the council is to exercise collective influence to provide insight and leadership to advance to advance the mission. 


BCY REGIONAL CHAPTER COUNCIL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & ADVOCACY LEAD ROLES are responsible for overseeing, leading, supporting, and advancing the MS Society’s work in this area across the Chapter with a focus on Municipal Government issues. The leads will work in close collaboration with their staff partners. 

Time Commitment

One year minimum. Attend Council meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities

May be involved in one or more of the following areas:


  • Builds capacity by working closely with staff partner to create strategies to advance goals and engage others in Government Relations and Advocacy activities 
  • Provides input to Chapter planning
  • Directly contributes time, skills and expertise to advance work within in Government Relations and Advocacy  
  • Form/leads Government Relations and Advocacy committees  
  • Reaches out to personal/business networks to engage them in Government Relations and Advocacy activities 
  • Informs the BCY Regional Chapter Council 
  • Participates in meeting with Government Relations & Advocacy Leads across the Division 


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Be knowledgeable and supportive of the MS Society’s plans, initiatives and key messages.
  • Participate in training and development.
  • Work with MS Society staff to further the aims of the MS Society.
  • Take a leadership role in Government Relations and Advocacy to achieve outcomes that will benefit people with MS.
  • Provide on-going input and feedback to the MS Society on matters that affect the Society.




  • Positive and constructive
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Knowledgeable about MS and the Society
  • Well spoken
  • Ability to devote adequate time and energy
  • Responsive to the needs of the Society
  • Passionate
  • Supports the values and mission of the MS Society



  • Updates on information and issues related to MS and the MS Society
  • Potential individual recognition
  • Work with a fantastic group
  • Acquire new skills
  • Make a difference
  • Participation in specialized leadership training
  • Part of MS Society leadership program


  • Orientation to the MS Society and ongoing training and support will be provided each year.