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BC IMPACT E-Newsletter
May 2018

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BC Walks Together!

Arthritis Connects Symposium - Arthritis Care From Children to Adults

The Walk for Arthritis on June 2 and 3 is going to be an amazing day around the province and across the country - all it needs is YOU!

Have you registered yet? If you have, thank you! And there’s still time to raise money for the Walk for Arthritis! And if you haven't, you can still be a part of this amazing day by registering for the Walk for Arthritis in one of these locations across BC; Vancouver, Trail, Kelowna, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Victoria, Parksville or Campbell River!

Here are 5 great reasons to get involved:

  1. Walking is good for you and good for people with arthritis. You can choose between a 1km and a 5km distance, whichever suits you best.
  2. Walk, run, roll or stroll! How you do it is up to you! This is a family friendly event, and four-legged family members are welcome too!
  3. You are making a difference by being a part of this day! Everyone is welcome, so whether you bring your friends, colleagues, sports team or your walking poles, every donation will help improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.
  4. Arthritis is Canada’s largest chronic health condition. It affects 1 in 5 Canadians, and nearly 1 in 2 people over the age of 65.
  5. The Walk for Arthritis is fun! It’s a one-day community-based event that brings people together across Canada for a common cause.

We also have an exciting online auction! Supporting by Kelowna Now, this auction offers amazing auction prizes like an ELLE Time Women’s Classic Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch valued at $600, and an Essential Oil Basket valued at over $150! It’s a great way to contribute to the cause! Visit the online auction here

Thank you for supporting this year’s Walk for Arthritis and the 6 million people across Canada living with this disease. Register or fundraise today!



Summer Camp for Kids – Two Exciting Options!

You can help revolutionize arthritis healthcare in BC!

Do you know a child living with arthritis who would like to go to Camp this summer? We now have two camps available for kids in BC with a confirmed arthritis diagnosis!

This summer will mark the 36th year of our educational retreat at Camp Capilano in North Vancouver, and for the first time ever, we are also able to offer Camp All-In-This-Together, hosted by Camp Kindle in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills of Alberta. Here in BC, we have teamed up with our colleagues in Alberta making it possible for kids in BC to have a choice of summer Camp. Registration is currently open, and spots are still available for Camp All-In-This-Together, with a wait list for Camp Capilano. Travel bursaries are available to facilitate kids getting to Camp. If you would like to find out more, please email and specify which Camp you are interested in.



Shining a Light!

Arthritis Connects Symposium - Arthritis Care From Children to Adults

Our Walk for Arthritis is on June 2, and Lighthouse Chiropractic, our newest sponsor for the Kelowna event, has an incredible offer! For every initial exam appointment in May, they will donate $50 to the Walk for Arthritis! And what makes this even better for you? They will take $50 off the cost of YOUR initial exam too! It’s the ideal time to make your appointment to learn how they can help you, knowing that you will also be helping people living with arthritis through the Walk for Arthritis – it’s a win win! Call Lighthouse Chiropractic at 250.870.9136.



Penticton – Home of the Mary Pack Arthritis Program

New workshops in the Hindi community

Did you know that there is a Mary Pack Arthritis Program in Penticton? For people with arthritis living in and around Penticton, this valuable program offers occupational and physiotherapy, as well as educational classes. While a doctor’s referral is required to see the therapists, all of the educational classes are free and readily accessible.

The Mary Pack Arthritis Program sees all kinds of arthritis; inflammatory, osteoarthritis, Connective Tissue Disease, lupus, scleroderma and more. The trained professionals there are able to provide education on disease, footwear, adaptive aids and pain management, in either a class setting or one-to-one.

They are also able to make orthotics and splints, design home exercise programs and activity modifications, and connect people with their community resources for help with self-management. With a doctor’s referral, all services are free, with the exception of splints and orthotics, which must be purchased, but are often reimbursed by extended medical coverage.

The Mary Pack Arthritis Program is located in the Physiotherapy Department at the Penticton Regional Hospital, and the free classes offered cover a range of topics from osteoarthritis in various joints to stress and sleep. For more information and to find out how the Mary Pack Arthritis Program can benefit you or your loved one, please call 250.492.4000 ext. 32186



Mentoring New Rheumatologists

All in for arthritis gala 2018

The Arthritis Society has created our new Mentorship Program in collaboration with Dr. Michelle Teo. The overall goal is to help promote rheumatology careers in underserved regions, while improving access for new and existing rheumatology patients throughout the province. Dr. Teo, who is based out of Penticton, has blazed a trail with her Nursing Model of Care, and has agreed to mentor new rheumatologists in the set-up of their practices using this model.

Dr. Teo has successfully implemented this innovative model of care, and will be acting as a mentor for Dr. Greg Marcotte as he sets up his new practice in Prince George. Pairing a practicing rheumatologist with a new rheumatologist will assist in the imperative building of this model at the beginning stages of setting up a new clinic, as well as providing guidance to support this endeavor and its success.

With the Nursing Model of Care currently being used by Dr. Teo, the results have been astounding. Dr. Teo has been able to take on a full-time practice on a part-time basis while doubling the number of patient visits. This model has allowed her to increase overall access in her community while maintaining optimal patient care, and her guidance will help provide the best possible foundation for Dr. Marcotte’s new practice.

Dr. Marcotte is opening the first rheumatology practice of its kind in the North.