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The Arthritis Society Presents 12 Outstanding Canadians With Queen Elizabeth Ii Diamond Jubilee Meda

Canadians Honoured for their work fighting the leading cause of workplace disability 

12 Canadians nominated by The Arthritis Society received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals this evening at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) . The medals were presented by The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources & Skills Development, The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, and Janet Yale, President and CEO of The Arthritis Society.

“We’re inspired by their example”, said Janet Yale in speaking of the Medal recipients, “and it reminds us that, when working to address the issue of workplace health and living well with arthritis, we need champions of all kinds.” 

Among the recipients were several CRA members – clinicians and researchers who have worked to improve our understanding of the disease, who have advanced the development of the profession and clinical practice, or who have helped foster collaboration within the arthritis community. The Arthritis Society also recognized volunteers whose contributions on everything from advocacy to education have helped pave the way for all Canadians living with arthritis to get more involved.

“Workplaces across the country should provide all individuals with the opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to Canada's economic prosperity,” said Minister Raitt in addressing the conference about the importance of workplace health. The Minister called for a national strategy to accommodate the needs of employees with arthritis, keeping them in the workforce to both contribute to the economy and maintain their individual sense of self-worth.

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

About The Canadian Rheumatology Association

The mission of the Canadian Rheumatology Association is to represent Canadian Rheumatologists and promote the pursuit of excellence in Arthritis Care, Education and Research. Today, the CRA comprises over 500 members throughout all 10 provinces and territories. For more information about the CRA, visit

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