JointHealth™ express   March 26, 2007

Message to people with arthritis from the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)...

Are you interested in arthritis research and how it impacts the treatment and health of people with arthritis?

Do you believe that people with arthritis should have a meaningful voice in deciding the priorities of arthritis research in Canada? Are you an advocate for people with arthritis or would you like to be?

Do you want to work together with people with arthritis and researchers from across Canada?
  • The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) of the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) is looking for a volunteer representative from the province of Manitoba
About the Canadian Arthritis Network & the Consumer Advisory Council...

As its name suggests, the council is a diverse group of people living with arthritis who are responsible for articulating the needs and concerns of Canadians with arthritis as they relate to Canadian Arthritis Network research initiatives, government and the arthritis public at-large.

Council members participate on all Canadian Arthritis Network Committees and are full voting members on the Network's peer-review panels.

Membership Criteria

Selection criteria for new Council members includes, but is not restricted to, the following:
  • A strong interest in arthritis research;
  • Informed on a broad range of arthritis issues;
  • Experience in consumer-centered arthritis organizations;
  • The willingness and ability to articulate the needs and concerns of people with arthritis at all CAN meetings and activities;
  • Barring unforeseen issues or complications with one's arthritis, willingness to serve a minimum two year volunteer commitment to the Council;
  • The interest and desire to receive appropriate training in order to participate in CAN and CAC responsibilities;
  • The ability and interest to train and mentor other arthritis consumers interested in research participation;
  • Willingness and commitment to advocate for arthritis research in established and innovative ways.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Canadian Arthritis Network, have any questions or would like to submit your curriculum vitae and your personal and professional experience, please send an email to Diane Gerhard ( and Anne Fouillard (, co-chairs of the Council, by April 15, 2007.

We appreciate it if you would include information on your arthritis background, including any volunteer work or paid work that you have done in the area of arthritis, disabilities, research, advocacy or other related issues.

For more information on the Consumer Advisory Council, including our terms of reference, participation expectations and our roles and responsibilities please visit our website by clicking here.