You Are Here: Home > About Arthritis > Arthritis in the News > Celebrity Roast commemorates 30 years of transformative impact in Atlantic Canada

Celebrity Roast commemorates 30 years of transformative impact in Atlantic Canada

Last night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, more than 500 guests joined Arthritis Society Canada in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Celebrity Roast, an evening of humor and philanthropy dedicated to raising lifechanging funds for nearly half a million people in Atlantic Canada living with arthritis. 

Featuring iconic CTV News broadcaster Steve Murphy as emcee, a side-splitting performance by actor and comedian Shaun Majumder from This Hour Has 22 Minutes and attendance from prominent Halifax figures including Mayor Mike Savage, this year’s milestone event proved to be an unforgettable night of laughter and heartfelt generosity. 

The evening honoured and recognized the impact of previous roastees over the past three decades, highlighted inspirational stories of strength and resilience from members of the arthritis community, and raised funds for innovative research and support for programs such as Arthritis Line, Arthritis Talks and summer camps for children living with arthritis. 

“Our Celebrity Roast is instrumental in driving Arthritis Society Canada’s research, programs and search towards a future free of arthritis,” said Trish Barbato, president and CEO at Arthritis Society Canada. “Through the generosity of our donors, sponsors and community members, we are able to ignite change and offer crucial support to the 475,000 people in Atlantic Canada living with the debilitating effects of arthritis.”

The 30th Celebrity Roast was a tremendous success thanks to the kind support of Arthritis Society Canada’s presenting sponsors McGillivray Law and CTV, Flame sponsor TD Bank and the many like-minded volunteers, donors and visionaries who helped make this evening possible.

See the photo collection


About Arthritis Society Canada
Arthritis Society Canada represents the six million people in Canada living with arthritis today, and the millions more who are impacted or at risk. Fueled by the trust and support of our donors and volunteers, Arthritis Society Canada is fighting arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation, information and support. We are Canada’s largest charitable funder of cutting-edge arthritis research. We will not give up our efforts until everyone is free from the agony of arthritis. Arthritis Society Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit    

Media Contact:
Jenny Ng
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Media
Arthritis Society Canada

Back to News