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The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division

The Arthritis Society was founded in 1948 by Mary Pack and Dr. Wallace Graham and has been setting lives in motion ever since. The Arthritis Society is Canada’s principal arthritis charity providing education, programs and support to over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis.

Mary Pack dreamed about a world without arthritis and that one day people whose lives were affected by the disease would live without pain. The Arthritis Society’s many generous donors allow the organization to fulfill its mission – to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

As a leader in the arthritis community, The Arthritis Society conducts research to better understand the impact of arthritis, advocates for progressive policies, works with stakeholders to promote appropriate standards of care and delivers educational programs to empower those living with arthritis to self-manage their disease.

Some people give what they can to support a worthy cause. Some people go even further…dedicating their whole lives…daring to change the world.  - Mary Pack

In 1951, The Arthritis Society established their first endowment fund to provide a consistent stream of income to support their organizational goals. In 2004, they established three additional funds to ensure financial stability for practical research, education and pain management, so the support for people with arthritis can continue.

For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please contact Claire Vivier at 604-630-5026.

The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon 895 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC V5Z 1L7
  • To properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
  • Donations to these funds will support the charity’s general charitable purposes. Statements about the fund’s purpose or how donations will be applied are reflective of the charity’s current intent and are subject to change.
  • All donations to these funds will be permanently endowed.
Arthritis Society Endowment Fund

This fund supports the work of The Arthritis Society and its passionate commitment, spirited teamwork and courageous leadership in creating a future without arthritis.

Joyce Lam/Novartis Arthritis Patient Care Endowment Fund

This endowment provides funding to create new programs and services to help reduce pain and disability for people living with arthritis. When progressive joint damage and disability make patient care a necessity, people with arthritis can depend on support from this fund.

Mary Pack Centennial Arthritis Education & Services Endowment Fund

This fund invests in education for people with arthritis and health professionals through programs on self-management. These programs provide information on different types of the disease, available medications, treatments and exercises that can help people live well with arthritis.

Mary Pack Centennial Arthritis Research Endowment Fund

This fund provides support for clinical research in advancing the existing knowledge about the causes of arthritis, while creating practical solutions on how to manage the disease with the help of medications, physical therapy and joint replacement surgery.