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Mission Statement

GBS/CIDP Foundation of Canada improves the quality of life for individuals and families affected with GBS, CIDP & Variants.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Foundation of Canada Inc. is a registered Canadian charity.
Registration number 887327906RR0001

3100 Garden St
PO Box 80060 RPO Rossland Garden
Whitby, ON
L1R 0H1

Phone: 1 (647) 560-6842

Patient Stories’

Recent GBS diagnosis? Read Story of 6 Sisters.

Upcoming Events

Vancouver Educational Afternoon – Richmond City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd #105, Richmond,BC  V6X 0L9 

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 1-5pm

Registration Open!

This is your Vancouver Educational Afternoon. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kristine Chapman, Dr. Gillian Gibson, and Dr. Kristin Jack  will be presenting GBS, CIDP and Variants, and Research.  Of course we’ll end the afternoon with the ‘Ask the Expert’ workshop. A chance to direct questions to the entire medical panel. We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver! For more details on registration and the agenda Click Here

If you are traveling from out of town, we have a limited amount of hotel rooms with Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotal at a special reduced rate for our attendees. The Marriott is across the road from the Richmond City Centre Community Centre.

For hotel reservations, please use the link below.

Book your group rate for GBS/CIDP October Event


Vancouver Volunteer Meet and Greet – Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel – 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X1A3

Saturday, Oct 22, 2016

9:30am – 11:15am

By RSVP Only

RSVP: Donna Hartlen, Exec Dir, 1-647-560-6842 email:

or:  Sherry Nejedly, VP, BC Liaison, email:

*Refreshments Provided

Be a Volunteer

Help support our GBS-CIDP-MMN Community !!

If you are interested in volunteering your time in supporting the foundation and its BC patients/families, come out and meet current BC and National volunteers. We need your help in any area including, support, fundraising, and awareness.


Toronto Support Group Meeting – Northern District Library Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd (One block north of Ellington, just west of Yonge Street)

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016


Contact: Jane Field, Toronto Liaison, Director  email:

*Refreshments Provided

I am pleased to announce that we will have a special guest speaker at this meeting, a physiotherapist, Scott Branny, who has personal experience with GBS.

“Scott graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science before completing his Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2010. Scott is currently working towards his Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and he has completed further education in acupuncture, soft tissue release, and taping. Scott currently works at the Sports Medicine Specialists in the Yonge and Eglinton area and has over 6 years of experience in treating a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. ”

We look forward to hearing Scott’s presentation as well as participating in some active exercises to the extent of our abilities and asking questions and sharing information.

Friends and family members are welcome!


News Release

Canadian Centre of Excellence, United Health Network| Sick Kids | Toronto General Hospital issues a Zika-GBS link Canadian Statement, March 31, 2016. For the latest World Health Organization update, please visit: WHO. Read the latest press release here.

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Articles of Interest

“GBS/CIDP Foundation of Canada is pleased to communicate the availability of the Octapharma Canada Inc. developed ‘My IVIG Infusion Diary’, a Free Mobile App, which is available for patients receiving Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Therapy…”  Read More Here

Vision Statement

The Canadian Foundation continues to support patients & families, & to be recognized as the Canadian resource for GBS, CIDP, & variants. Until a cure is found, we will increase public awareness by educating both the professional & lay communities, & we will raise funds for the research & treatment of the above mentioned disorders.


Executive Director

Donna Hartlen



Demetrios Strongolos

Secretary Treasurer

Sharon Ratelle

Vice President

Sherry Nejedly

Honorary Board

Larry Brenneman*
Dr. Tom Feasby
Serge Payer
Dr. Kenneth Shonk

Board of Directors

Deb Bernasky
Kim Brooks
Jane Field
Wilma Koopman
Sherry Nejedly
Sharon Ratelle
Demetrios Strongolos

Medical Advisory Board

Steven Baker, MD
Brenda Banwell, MD
Timothy Benstead, MD
Pierre Bourque, MD
Vera Bril, MD
Kristine Chapman, MD
Colin Chalk, MD
Angela Genge, MD
Gillian Gibson, MD
Angelika Hahn, MD
Hans Katzberg. MD
Kurt Kimpinski, MD
Rami Massie, MD
Elizabeth Pringle, MD
Zaeem Siddiqi, MD
Jiri Vajsar, MD
Douglas Zochodne, MD


Founding Director

Susan Keast


Contact Information

Name Email
Kim Brooks, Alberta
Jane Field, Greater Toronto Area
Demetrios Strongolos, Ontario
Donna Hartlen, Eastern Ontario
Wilma Koopman, Southwestern Ontario
Sharon Ratelle, Southwestern Ontario
Sherry Nedjedly, British Columbia
Deb Bernasky, Nova Scotia