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BC IMPACT E-Newsletter
January 2018

BC IMPACT E-Newsletter-January 2018

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Paint the town BLUE!

All-in for arthritis gala

The All-in for Arthritis Gala is on February 1 – have you got your tickets yet?  This casino style event at the Terminal City Club is raising funds for research into childhood arthritis, and YOU can help!

Emceed by CBC’s Fred Lee and Margaret Gallagher, the night promises excitement and surprise!  We supply the “funny money” so try your luck at the game tables and indulge in gorgeous food and drink as you explore the mystery balloons and our spectacular silent auction!  With something for everyone, you can bid on weekend getaways for two, fine dining, exquisite wine and art, electronics for the gamer in your life, a signed Canucks jersey for your favourite hockey fan, or a new Infinity city bike to help get you moving!

Vancouver landmarks are getting in on the spirit of the event too, by lighting up to help create arthritis awareness and in honour of people living with this disease.  You will see Vancouver City Hall, BC Place and the sails at Canada Place glowing blue in support of the cause.

What are you waiting for? Paint the town blue with us as we go “all-in” for arthritis together!

To purchase tickets or learn more, please visit or call 604.714.5583.

Please join us for this unforgettable night as we gather to play in support of kids living with arthritis.


Join our Webinar THIS weekend!

navigating arthritis care webinar

If you would like to learn more about navigating arthritis care on Vancouver Island, you are invited to join our free webinar this weekend.  As part of our Arthritis Connects Symposium series, this event has been carefully designed to deliver relevant, meaningful information to people living with arthritis and their loved ones.

The webinar will live-stream the in-person event, and will provide the opportunity for interactivity, questions and dialogue around the topics discussed.  This unique symposium has been directly shaped by the needs and requests expressed by people in the arthritis community.  The in-person symposium, taking place at the Victoria Conference Centre, filled to capacity quickly, and our webinar format makes it possible to include others from remote locations and for people choosing to connect through technology.

With a panel of medical and allied healthcare professionals, the Arthritis Connects Symposium aims to engage with the audience through presentations, discussion and a question and answer session.  Panelists include rheumatologist Dr. John Watterson, physiotherapist Michael Pohlman and RN Patricia Orme, both with the Mary Pack Arthritis Program in Victoria, as well as naturopathic physician Dr. Leah Hassall with Sage Clinic.  Executive Director for the Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, Christine Basque, will also be part of this dynamic panel.  Topics that will be covered include arthritis types, warning signs, treatments, coverage, referral for care, self-management techniques, medication and nutrition, as well as naturopathic medicine and how it may be helpful for people living with arthritis.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the conversation with their questions during the Q&A  following the presentation.  Together, we aim to address community specific arthritis issues with the goal of helping people improve their knowledge of arthritis symptoms, treatment and management, as well as community-based resources.

The Navigation of Arthritis Care on Vancouver Island webinar, through the Arthritis Connects Symposium series, is taking place on January 27, 2018, from 2:00-4:30pm.  The webinar is free, but registration is required so we can send you the link to join.  Please call 1.866.414.7766 or email  For more information, please visit.  Thank you for joining us!


Are you ready to part with your old car?

Donate a car

Cars mean a lot to us, and they become part of our family life and many memories.  When a car has served us well, but is no longer worth fixing or operating, it can be a difficult decision to say goodbye.  Together with Donate-A-Car, we can offer a wonderful solution!  They will come and pick up your car at no cost to you, and will help turn your vehicle into a cash donation for the Arthritis Society.  You will receive a tax receipt, and It becomes a win win for everyone, as your car will be making a difference to help a cause that is important to you.  So if you are having mixed feelings about getting rid of your old car, Donate-A-Car can help, and everything can easily be arranged online.  It’s a great way to support the Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, and all the details are taken care of when you call 1.877.250.4904 or visit