Summer 2021 (Volume 31, Number 2)

Looking Ahead Boldly

By Trish Barbato, President and CEO, Arthritis Society

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As the Arthritis Society heads into a new fiscal year, we’re excited about what lies ahead.

While the year was difficult for us and for so many people we support, it pushed us to innovate and change the way we do our work.

The year had many bright spots. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to fund four additional research projects in March, bringing our investment last year to almost $4 million.

Close to two million people visited our website for credible and timely information to help them manage the disease. Our pages about COVID-19, which are updated regularly with new information, such as the CRA’s vaccine decision aid, continue to be accessed frequently.

We reached 50,000 people from across the country through our monthly Arthritis Talks webinars. We encourage you to share information about upcoming Arthritis Talks with your patients, with topics including how to reduce flares, joint surgery 101, nutrition, physical activity and what research is revealing about medical cannabis. They are hosted in both English and French and all past webinars are available for viewing at

As we look to the year ahead, we’re ramping up our efforts to think and act innovatively. We’ve re-launched our Strategic Plan, with goals to fund more research and reach more people than we ever have before.

We’re thinking boldly, because we have to be bold, to get arthritis and the people living with it the attention they deserve. Thank you for partnering with us in that effort.

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