Canterbury Branch

Welcome to the Canterbury Branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Canterbury branch of the MDA works alongside people with neuromuscular conditions and their family's from Nelson and Marlborough areas across to the west coast and down to the Waitaki.

The branch provides advice, support and information, networking opportunities and a range of social events. Staff and volunteers organise camps each year for members, a Christmas party and provide information at seminars and exhibitions throughout the year.

The branch relies on donations and grants and fundraises throughout the year so it can provide services and activities to its memebrship. Volunteering is also a vital part of the branches operating. If you would like to donate or volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association please contact the Office Manager,  Eris le Compte  (pictured below)   

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The Muscular Dystrophy Canterbury Fieldworker Service

The MDA Fieldworkers provide one on one advice, support and advocacy mainly by home visits, phone, email or specialised workshops.

The Fieldworkers understand about neuromuscular conditions and the New Zealand health and disability support systems. They can provide support letters and advocacy on behalf of members as required.

Membership of the Canterbury Branch is by voluntary donation. The Canterbury Branch heavily relies on all sources of funding on order to cover the costs of providing the Fieldworker Service.

MDA Fieldworkers Canterbury Branch

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Paul Graham
MDA Fieldworker  
Covering North Canterbury, Canterbury,
South Canterbury, Mid Canterbury 


Mobile: 021 126 1209

DDI: 03 377 3091

Marty Price 
MDA Fieldworker Nelson 
Covering Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast 


Mobile: 027 444 6681

Office: 0800 463 222














The Branch Committee

The Muscular Dystrophy Association Canterbury is managed by a Branch Committee who meet monthly. If you are interested in getting involved with the MDA and being part of the committee please contact, Eris le Compte by email


  • Andrew Munroe

Vice Chairperson:

  • Warren Hall


  • Philip Austin


  • Paul Freeman


  • Julie Jordan

  • Sue Robinson 

  • Earl & Yvonne Mason

  • Vivienne Palmer

Fundraising co-ordinators

  • Julie Jordan: (03) 3225227:  021314118

  • Sue Robinson: (03) 9811450:  0212357244

Canterbury Branch AGM 2015 - Held on 19th March 2016

The above committee members were elected. 

Committee meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 2pm. 1st floor BNZ Business Centre, 5 Sir William Pickering Drive, Burnside (just off Sheffield Crescent).

Canterbury  Newsletter

January 2015

June 2015

October 2015

What's Happening...

Rage against the dying light - Fundraiser Concert Event

Nearly 12 years ago I met someone that would completely change my life. Someone that would shape me into the man I am today. Kevin Jefcoate is a man I consider my brother.
Kevin was fully confined to a wheelchair by the time I met him due to muscle degeneration brought on by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. But we never let his wheelchair get in the way. 

As two growing teenage boys with interests in both Rugby League and music, we would go run around the park, helping me train for each Rugby League season. He would come to nearly every game when it didn't pour with rain. When I was old enough to drive we would go everywhere. Day trips and holidays around the country, sports events, and to countless shows. You name it we did it. We participated in everything that any other living being does. We changed the perceptions of those around us of what it is like to live with a disability and that life has no boundaries. Boundaries are only what you let them become. 

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MDA Canterbury Camps: 

  • Adult camp booked for 3-6 March 2016. This camp is fully booked.

  • Young Persons' Camp - details to be confirmed for 2016 - please contact the office if you are interested. 

 Physical Address:

314 Worcester Street




PO Box 80-025, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440


phone:  03 377 8010 or freephone 0800 463 222 

fax: 03 377 8951