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Vision, Mission & Values

Our Mission

Vision:

To live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.

Mission:

To invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.

Our Purpose:

To embrace and empower the resilient spirit of people who live with arthritis, as we tirelessly pursue a future without it.

Our values:

  • We share a passionate commitment to our mission
  • We fiercely seek the bold, the innovative and the truth
  • We exemplify courageous leadership and spirited teamwork
  • We bring the utmost integrity to everything we do

About the Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society is a national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.

The Arthritis Society began 70 years ago with one very clear goal; to alleviate the suffering of people crippled by arthritis. Founded in 1948 by Dr. Wallace Graham and his medical peers from across the country, it was Mary Pack, a fiercely driven community advocate who worked tirelessly to put peoples’ needs truly into the spotlight. Today, that same passion exists in communities across Canada.

The Arthritis Society is proud to have the trust and support of donors and sponsors who provide the ability to invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis.

With funding, the Arthritis Society develops and disseminates evidence-based information and education with the goal of improving quality of life for people living with arthritis and invests in scientific discovery as Canada’s largest source of charitable research funding in arthritis.

The Arthritis Society benefits from the advice of subject matter experts on our National Board, our Division Advisory Boards and Medical, Scientific and Patient-centric committees along with the energy and passion of over 13.000 volunteers.

What we do matters

Arthritis is Canada’s largest chronic health condition and there is no cure. The disease greatly affects the lives of over 6 million Canadians today- that is 1 in 5, and nearly half of people over 65 have arthritis. Without a greater spotlight, there will be significantly more people affected by arthritis in less than twenty years, rising to 1 in 4.Through the generous support of donors, sponsors and volunteers the Arthritis Society will achieve the vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives.

Our Accomplishments are ongoing

Through the generosity of our supporters, the Arthritis Society has:

  • Proudly led to the establishment of the practice of rheumatology by making sure all teaching hospitals were funded to provide the specialty practice to physicians in the 1940 and 50’s
  • Founded and financially support Arthritis Centres, which provide expert care in hospitals across Canada
  • Provided advanced on-site physio and occupational care for arthritis patients through Ontario Government funding
  • Established a strong network, facilitating advocacy at the Federal and Provincial level. For example, we were a champion for the life-altering introduction of Biologics in the late ‘80’s, and most recently, the need for research and adequate legislation including access to treatment for Medical Marijuana as a viable pain solution
  • Helped to fund extensive education programs at the professional level for Clinicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Supported a proactive focus for facilitating self-management of the disease, with advanced online learning modules, webinars and in-person learning forums and national conferences
  • Established Family Days and Children’s camps in nearly every province, giving children who have arthritis and their parents, a sense of community, as well as a backpack program to help school-aged children adjust to their everyday challenges
  • Raises awareness and community engagement with an annual fundraising walk, in more than 40 communities across Canada