“With the right support and knowledge, many of the most devastating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be managed. Parkinson Canada does a wonderful job helping people with Parkinson’s maintain a good quality of life and its extensive funding for research holds out the promise of continuing symptom relief and eventually finding a cure.”

Sprague is a retired school principal and part-time University of Ottawa professor. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 12 years ago at the age of 58. Since that time he has been very active in serving people living with Parkinson’s both locally and nationally.

Sprague is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Society Eastern Ontario and was a member of the Parkinson Canada Council. He served as Chair of the Ontario Advocacy Committee, and was a member of the National Advocacy Committee and the Parkinson Society Canada Research Advisory Committee. Sprague is currently Chair of the Parkinson Canada Government Relations and Advocacy Committee.

Sprague has comprehensive training and experience in counselling and conflict resolution, including experience in team-building, developing a shared vision, and implementing action plans.

As a person living with Parkinson’s, Sprague has had extensive experience with related aspects of the health care system during the last 12 years and provides valuable insight to help Parkinson Canada better support others who are living with Parkinson’s.