JointHealth™ express   November 3, 2009

Arthritis Consumer Experts and The Arthritis Society, with the advice and support of Canada’s arthritis community, have launched a 12-month national arthritis awareness program across Canada.

During the “Arthritis is cured! (if you want it)” program, the arthritis community is “hitting the street” to debunk myths and change Canadians’ perceptions of the effects arthritis has on our communities, our families, and our lives.

One of the ways we intend to connect with Canadians, as part of the national and regional launches of this program, is by staging a street presence in six key markets: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, Vancouver, and Ottawa. We will unveil large billboard-sized banners in high-profile, downtown locations to mark the launch of the program. Ambassador Teams will be present at the site of the banner locations, handing out brochures and greeting pedestrians on downtown street corners.
Arthritis Consumer Experts and The Arthritis Society encourage you, your family members, friends and colleagues to participate on the Vancouver “Arthritis is cured! (if you want it)” Ambassador Teams. Your support is essential.

Please help us out by:
  1. Volunteering to be an Ambassador for this exciting and unique program for raising arthritis awareness in Canada.
  2. Communicating this opportunity to your family and friends.
The plan is to have teams of two to three Ambassadors, who will volunteer for a minimum of one morning shift (7:30 am – 9:30 am) or one afternoon shift (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm). Ambassadors are encouraged to volunteer for more than one shift and, if interested, for more than one day. As part of the Ambassador Team program, each Ambassador will receive a branded hooded sweatshirt and toque, an orientation via teleconference, and a script with talking points to help them answer questions.

Here is the Ambassador Teams schedule for Vancouver:

November 17 to 20
Shift #1: 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Shift #2: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you, your family, friends or colleagues are interested in helping us spread the word about arthritis and in meaningfully supporting the nearly 4.5 million adult Canadians living with the disease, please email us at and we will get back to you with further information and to confirm your participation.

If you have any questions, please contact either Cheryl Koehn (Arthritis Consumer Experts) or Lynn Moore (The Arthritis Society) at


Cheryl Koehn, Arthritis Consumer Experts
Lynn Moore, The Arthritis Society