Arthritis Society presents Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals to 32 Canadians

March 18, 2013

Canadian physicians, advocates and volunteers recognized for helping fight arthritis

32 Canadians nominated by The Arthritis Society have received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of their contributions to the fight against arthritis in Canada.  Some medals were presented at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) last month, others at a recent meeting of The Society’s Board, and others at individual events across the country.

Among the Medal recipients are many of the most renowned and respected leaders in the Canadian arthritis community, from physicians and researchers to consumer advocates to volunteer trainers: people whose initiative and commitment have made a real difference in the lives of Canadians living with arthritis.

“We’re inspired by their example”, said Janet Yale, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society. “These Medals stand as testament to their incredible efforts on behalf of all Canadians living with arthritis today, and to our shared hope for a future without arthritis. If we continue to work together with the kind of passion and determination that these individuals exemplify, I know we’ll get there.”

There are currently 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. In addition to the terrible toll the condition takes on people and their families, arthritis is now Canada’s number one leading cause of workplace disability. Within a generation, fully seven million Canadians will suffer with arthritis, generating an annual economic burden of some $68 billion.

ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY

The Arthritis Society is dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis. It is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to 4.6 million Canadians with arthritis and their loved ones. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada by investing more than $180 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. Visit The Society at www.arthritis.ca.

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Douglas Emerson
demerson@arthritis.ca
tel: 416.979.7228 ext.3348