Janice Thomson, MRICS BA
I have volunteered with the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre – Lothian since 2009 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 before becoming Chairperson in 2017. Originally from the Island of Arran, I now live in East Lothian with my husband and two labradoodles. We can often be seen birdwatching along the coastline or up in the Lammermuir hills.
I am also a Trustee of HcL Handicabs Lothian, the East Lothian Community Care Forum and our local Community Centre Management Committee.
I was born in Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland when I was 8. I studied Secretarial Studies at Dundee College and I am now a qualified Executry Paralegal. As well as dealing with deceased’s estates, I also complete clients’ Income Tax Returns, look after the day-to-day running of Queen Street Gardens and deal with some Charitable Trusts which were set up by Wills.
I was diagnosed with MS in 1989 and live in Musselburgh with my husband, Jim, and our two daughters.
I have had ME since 1994. I became ill while doing a D.Phil. in Biochemistry at Oxford University and had to return home to Scotland. I was convenor of the Edinburgh ME Self Help group for a few years in the early 2000's.
I started coming to the centre for oxygen therapy in 2015 after being housebound for a couple of years. It helped me so much that I joined the Centre as a volunteer in 2016 and joined the Board in 2017. I like to think of myself as our boffin in residence.