JointHealth™ express   March 15, 2007

Message to people with arthritis from the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada...

The Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada is looking for three volunteer consumer advocates from the Lower Mainland to serve on our Board. We are looking for members who represent various forms of arthritis disease (in particular, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis and who are also reflective of BC's racial and ethnic diversity) -- but these are desirable attributes rather than essential qualifications. This is a two year term, with the potential to participate for a further two years.

About the Consumer Advisory Board and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada...
The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of volunteer advocates with arthritis who bring personal experience and arthritis knowledge to research decision making at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). In the capacity of expert consumers, they ensure the consumer perspective is represented on research matters related to prevention, treatment and self-management of arthritis. Individually and collectively, they communicate research information and findings to arthritis consumers, professional organizations and the general public.

The Mission:
CAB participates in arthritis research decision-making and serves as a bridge between researchers, people with arthritis, and the community at large.

The Vision:
CAB partners in research to create a world without arthritis.

Membership Criteria for CAB Members
Selection criteria for new CAB members includes, but is not restricted to, the following:
  • A strong interest in arthritis research;
  • Availability and energy;
  • Have a confirmed diagnosis of arthritis;
  • Informed, or be willing to be informed, on a broad range of arthritis issues;
  • Experience in consumer-centred arthritis organizations;
  • The ability to articulate the needs and concerns of people with arthritis while participating in ARC research projects and advising ARC researchers;
  • The interest and desire to receive appropriate training in order to participate in ARC research;
  • An interest in mentoring and building capacity, empowering people living with arthritis to take an active role;
  • A desire to advocate for practical arthritis research for arthritis consumers in established and innovative ways;
  • Email and internet access;
Consumer Member Responsibilities include:
  • To support arthritis research within ARC and in Canada;
  • To take an active role in the different research projects brought forth by ARC;
  • To participate in continuing educational training to broaden input into arthritis research;
  • To train and mentor fellow CAB members;
  • To collaborate with other consumer-centred arthritis organizations on consumer and research initiatives;
  • Participation in at least 70% of all CAB monthly meetings;
Core strategic areas of CAB:
  • Research
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Community advocacy
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Government relations
If you are interested in being considered for a volunteer position with the Consumer Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada please submit your resume by April 30, 2007 to Please include information on your arthritis background, including any volunteer work or paid work that you have done in the area of arthritis, advocacy or other work experience. As well, please tell us which of our core strategic areas interests you most and how you could positively contribute to the CAB.

Thank you for your interest in CAB. While all applicants will be contacted in May, we will only be able to select three people to fill the currently posted positions. In the event that you are not chosen as a full-time CAB member, please specify on your resume if you would be interested in participating on a periodic basis in CAB special projects and sub committees in our strategic areas.