JointHealth™ express   November 23, 2018

The 2018 Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award goes to John Coderre and Michael Mallinson!

The awards were presented to John and Michael at the Arthritis Alliance of Canada’s Annual Meeting in Toronto on November 21, 2018.

The Qualman-Davies Arthritis Consumer Community Leadership Award was created in 2014 to recognize one person’s contributions to helping Canadians living with the disease to be heard in decision-making processes that affect millions. That’s what Ann Qualman and Jim Davies did as early pioneers in arthritis advocacy in Canada. Their tireless and selfless efforts helped millions of Canadians. This year, two winners were selected.

About this year’s winners

John Coderre

John is a retired officer of the Canadian Forces who served in the Military Engineering branch for over 22 years. Following his military career, he was the Campaign Director of the United Way of London & Middlesex for many years. For nearly eighteen years John was an active member of Patient Partners in Arthritis, demonstrating muscular-skeletal examination techniques to medical students and other health professionals. From 2008-2013, he was on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Canadian Arthritis Network. During that time, he was a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee and participated in the peer review of many applications for CAN grants. He has carried that experience to the present day, still participating on grant review panels for the Arthritis Society and the Canadian Institute for Health Research. John also sat on the Steering Committee of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada from 2010-2013. For the past five years, John has been the consumer advisor on the Board of the Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre. John is currently Vice-Chair of the Research & Business Advisory Committee of the Bone and Joint Institute for Research and Innovation in Musculoskeletal Heath at Western University.

Since OA has taken away his ability to participate in his favourite sports of golf, volleyball and slo-pitch, John has taken up lower-impact activities such as swimming, cycling and cross-country skiing. He has been a member of the games organizing committees for the Ontario provincial summer and winter senior games. He also participates and has won Gold and Silver medals in both sets of games. John, and his wife Patricia, a retired nurse, enjoy travelling and have enjoyed such diverse activities as hiking in a New Zealand rainforest to cruising the rivers and canals from St Petersburg to Moscow in Russia.

John received his BEng in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and an MSc in Operational Research while attending the University of Birmingham, UK, on an Athlone Fellowship.

John and Pat live in Almonte, Ontario where they are involved in community organizations such as the Civitan Club, Hub Hospice and the duplicate bridge clubs in Almonte and Arnprior. John also volunteers every Tuesday morning in the Physiotherapy Department of the Almonte General Hospital.

Michael Mallinson

After being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 1991, Michael joined the Ontario Spondylitis Association. In 1993, he was appointed a director and later became its fundraising chair and then president. In 2007, he was elected president of the recently-formed Canadian Spondylitis Association. Michael’s motivation to volunteer came from the ten years it took for his AS to be diagnosed. “I just didn’t want anyone else to have to struggle that long for a diagnosis if I could help raise awareness”. Michael retired as President of the Canadian Spondylitis Association in June, 2017 after establishing it as a part of the arthritis landscape in Canada.

Michael has been a member of the Patient Advisory Board of the Ontario Best Practices Research Initiative and a consumer representative on the board of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada. He has served on the Expert Advisory Panel of the National Arthritis Awareness Campaign and on the Committee of “A Day at the Races”, a fundraiser for the Arthritis and Autoimmune Research Centre. Michael has also been a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and Covenant House in Toronto, a shelter for homeless and trafficked youth. Michael has served as the Canadian representative to the Ankylosing Spondylitis International Federation (‘ASIF’) and from 2011 until 2016 was its Secretary. Recognizing the need for ASIF to grow to better serve its members, after retiring as its Secretary, Michael continued as a volunteer and is currently the Chair, New Membership, responsible for encouraging AS patient organizations to become members and working to establish AS patient organizations where none exist.

Apart from volunteering, Michael enjoys outdoor activities including rowing (in a singles scull he made himself), performance arts and home renovations.

Michael holds a B.A. in Special Studies Economics from the University of Leeds in the U.K. and an M.A. in Economics from York University in Toronto. Michael retired in 2011 after a 35-year career with a major Canadian bank, where he worked in private wealth management. He lives in Toronto with his wife Katharine. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

The Qualman-Davis Award was created and awarded by these consumer- patient member organizations of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada: Arthritis Consumer Experts, The Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of Arthritis Research Canada, Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, and Canadian Spondylitis Association.