Arthritis Matters - March 2020

Food for thought

Arthritis and nutrition

An arthritis diagnosis changed the life of Kia Peters. At the age of 24, she changed her eating habits – and her career path. She’s now on the way to becoming a registered dietician. During March, which is Nutrition Month, we are reminded that what we eat can make a difference.

Read Kia’s story  Visit our nutrition model


Meet Trish

Arthritis Society welcomes New President and CEO

We are delighted to welcome our new President and CEO, Trish Barbato, to lead the Arthritis Society into a new decade and further strengthen our efforts to support the six million Canadians living with arthritis. Trish takes over the position from retiring chief executive Janet Yale.

Trish, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Revera Inc., brings more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the fields of health and senior living, and a focus on innovation.

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Arthritis Talks: Age with Optimism

Videos now available

The latest edition of our Arthritis Talks symposium series featured two dynamic experts talking about Aging with Optimism. Dr. David Conn explains the power of positivity on aging with arthritis, and offers strategies for maintaining and strengthening your mental health. Dr. Shelley Turner provides insight into the world of medical cannabis and the role of edibles, topicals and oils in helping to manage arthritis pain. Check out their presentations here (you may need to log in to view):

We thank the following for their support of the Arthritis Talks

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Report highlights unequal drugs access

Patient voice must be heard

Canadians face serious inequities in access to and affordability of prescription arthritis medications depending on where they live and their access to employer-funded drug programs, according to a new research report from The Conference Board of Canada. We’re calling for patients to be included at the table in pharmacare negotiations, to ensure that any proposed program addresses patient needs.

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British Columbia

All hail Prince George!

More than 90 people came to our Understanding Arthritis education workshop in Prince George, B.C. in January, which was funded through our B.C. gaming grant. A packed house in one of the province's many underserved communities heard from Dr. Greg Marcotte, who covered the different forms of arthritis, how arthritis is diagnosed and treated and how to self-manage the disease.

Dr. Marcotte, who started Prince George’s first ever rheumatology practice, is a recipient of the Care Capacity Fund in B.C., which is supporting a nurse-led care model. This has enabled him to see more patients with complex rheumatology conditions in a timely manner. Attendees really appreciated having a rheumatologist as speaker and walked away with valuable tips on how to advocate for themselves and manage their pain.

That same month in Prince George, Ron Gallo, a local volunteer and avid cyclist, put on a 50/50 draw that raised more than $3,400. Ron’s wife has rheumatoid arthritis, which made this a personal mission for him to improve the lives of those who live with the disease.



Camp Limitless

Registration for Camp Limitless 2020 is now open! The Camp for children with arthritis will run the week of July 26-30. Donate today to send a child with arthritis to camp and give them lifelong memories.

Informing government

We’re working to build relationships and raise our profile as the critical patient voice across Canada. We recently attended a budget consultation to provide our recommendations and made a written submission. In January, we met with senior officials in Manitoba Health and Shared Health to discuss our recommendations around wait times and access to care. It was a productive meeting and a first step in developing opportunities to collaborate with government and provide input focused on improving care and health outcomes for Manitobans living with arthritis.



Camp All in This Together

Registration for Camp All in This Together opened in December. Thirty-three children who live with arthritis are currently registered to attend camp from July 6-10. Donate today to send a child with arthritis to camp and give them lifelong memories.

November Education Forum

We will be partnering with the McCaig Institute of Bone & Joint Health’s Wood Forum to host a half-day education forum in November. Stay tuned for more information.



We are busy preparing our advocacy plans for the provincial election that was called for November 2.



Join the Arthritis Society team as we participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on April 25 and 26 at Jean Drapeau Park in Montreal. Help raise funds to support the Arthritis Society by walking or running 5 km, 10 km or 21 km. A 1 km track is also available for kids. Come move with us and show that arthritis will not stop you! To register or to speak with a team member, please follow this link.




Celebrity Roast, March 25

The Arthritis Society Celebrity Roast In Halifax will honour Don Mills and Jim Mills as its “roastees” on March 25. Bruce Rainnie, the event emcee will welcome Halifax’s business community to the Cunard Centre to show their support for the Arthritis Society and raise funds to send children and youth with arthritis to Camp JoinTogether. The Celebrity Roast has raised an incredible $3.3 million for arthritis and looks forward to roasting a duo of local celebrities at the 28th annual event. For more information, visit


Rock the Joint, March 28

The Arthritis Society will Rock the Joint in Saint John, N.B. on March 28! The 2nd annual event will feature Pretty in Pink (That 80s Band), so get ready for an amazing silent auction, delicious appetizers, cool prizes and righteous dance moves. Funds raised will help send New Brunswick children with arthritis to Camp JoinTogether, support New Brunswick educational programs, research and more. Don’t miss this fantastic event! Tickets are $55. Get yours today!

Location: The Cornerstone - Uptown Saint John
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

2020 Camp JoinTogether Registration is Open!

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, while under the care of onsite health professionals. The 9th annual Camp JoinTogether dates are July 12-17, 2020. Click here for more information and to register.

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