Summer 2021 (Volume 31, Number 2)
Looking Ahead Boldly
By Trish Barbato, President and CEO, Arthritis Society
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 arthritis.ca.
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.