Arthritis Matters - January 2020

New year, new you

January is a great time to introduce changes that can improve your overall health and ultimately your ability to cope with the challenges of arthritis. Check out these articles for simple tips you can incorporate into your daily life.


Your impact in 2019

We’re so grateful to the donors who helped us accelerate impact against arthritis last year. Watch this video with highlights from 2019.

Watch the video


New research projects launched

Read about the 14 new leading-edge projects we’ve started funding, thanks to your contributions. Research holds great promise for the future of arthritis.

Read the media realease


Questions about medical cannabis?

The Arthritis Society has launched a collection of interactive resources to help you get answers. Check out our FAQ Video and Online Learning Module.


Join us at Arthritis Talks

Explore how to age with optimism at this webinar and in-person event in Toronto on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Learn from experts in mental health and aging, and medical cannabis to manage pain.

Join Us


Arthritis-friendly products

We would like to thank Merck and Novartis for designing products and packaging that are easy to use for people living with arthritis and similar disabilities. We are proud to recognize them as part of our Ease-of-Use program.



British Columbia

Canadian Arthritis Research Conference

Taking Collaborative Action

Join us at the first-ever Canadian Arthritis Research Conference on Feb. 25-26, 2020 in Victoria, B.C. The conference will bring together researchers and people living with arthritis to share their perspectives and learn about the latest discoveries in managing pain, controlling inflammation and repairing tissues.

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Camp Cambria is on the move!

As the holiday season is all wrapped up, children are directing their excitement to the summer season and fun activities in the sun. For most Canadian children, summer camp is a quintessential rite of passage. Unfortunately, not all children have this opportunity, and that is especially the case for kids with arthritis. Traditional summer camps do not have the medical staff and facilities or a curriculum with modified games and activities that children with arthritis require.

Camp Cambria is a solution for children living with arthritis in Ontario. It’s a six-day overnight retreat for Ontario children and youth ages 8 to17 who are living with arthritis. Activities and programming are tailored to their needs, ensuring they are comfortable and able to be themselves.

This year, Camp Cambria will be moving to a new camp site! We will cherish all the fun memories we’ve had at Camp Kodiak, but we’re thrilled to be hosting Camp Cambria at Camp Timberlane in 2020. This new site in Haliburton, Ont. is larger and will allow the Arthritis Society to accommodate more children and expand programming. Camp Timberlane is the perfect place to grow the Camp Cambria program and provide even more children living with arthritis a safe place to experience the wonders of summer camp.

Thank you for everything Camp Kodiak, and welcome Camp Timberlane! The camp will be held Aug. 25 to 30, 2020. Registration will open Jan. 25, 2020 at 8 a.m. For more information or to register, visit the Camp Cambria website at

Photography of 3 young girls at Camp Cambria



Over 900 people gathered to discuss arthritis in French

Photography of people at the Quebec Forum

On October 26, for the 6th consecutive year, the Quebec Division held a series of conferences dedicated to arthritis at the Arthritis Forum held in Quebec City. Nine hundred and sixty people participated in the main event in Quebec City, in one of the province’s seven satellite events or in the webcast version available throughout Canada and Belgium. 

Featuring 17 conferences given by health experts, 5 workshops and 20 exhibitors, this day was dedicated to helping people find solutions to live better with arthritis. Olympic medalist Nathalie Lambert and Pace du Bonheur founder Nathalie Bisson opened the day with an inspiring message about the importance of physical activity for joint protection.

Photography of a participant with a volunteer  Photography of  Janet Yale, Arthritis Society CEO at the Quebec Forum




2020 Camp JoinTogether Dates

Camp JoinTogether is an exciting 6-day overnight summer camp for Atlantic Canadian children and youth ages 7-18 who are living with childhood arthritis. This camp allows kids living with arthritis to experience traditional camping activities, with the support of health professionals on-site. The 9th annual Camp JoinTogether will take place July 12 to 17, 2020. Stay tuned for registration details!


Celebrity Roast in Halifax

The 28th annual Celebrity Roast takes place in Halifax on Mar. 25, roasting brothers Don Mills and Jim Mills. This event is sure to be a great time and money raised will help send kids with arthritis to Camp JoinTogether.

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“Pretty in Pink” will Rock the Joint in Saint John

Mark your calendars for Mar. 28! Don’t miss this amazing night of dancing to 80’s music while raising awareness and funds for New Brunswick programs and services for those who live with arthritis. Tickets go on sale in February.

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