Arthritis forum in Old Massett this Friday

  • Feb. 28, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Submitted by James Rankin–On Friday (March 4) at 6:00 pm, Allen Lehman and James Rankin, from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and Michelle Brown and Lisa White of OMVC Health Services, will be hosting a community dinner and forum at the Old Massett community hall. James lived in Masset with his partner Nicole Spencer, the former community dietitian, until September, and organized two arthritis education workshops in Old Massett last year. On Friday, Michelle, Lisa, Allen, and James would like to share the plan for the new arthritis program, and ask for your feedback. The existing programs were not developed with aboriginal communities in mind, and this new program aims to be more culturally relevant to First Nations people. This program was made possible through a partnership between the Old Massett Village Council, the Arthritis Society, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada. It will take place over two years, and will involve people from Old Massett with arthritis, and one of their family members or close friends. Michelle, Lisa, James, and Allen are looking forward to introducing this program to the people of Old Massett, and hope many will be able to come. They want to be able to answer people’s ‘questions, and have a discussion about the community’s involvement in developing the program. The Culinary Arts School will be serving several dishes made from local delicacies, and there will be door prizes as well. Please bring a bowl, plate, cup, and utensils, so the dinner can be environmentally friendly.For more info, or to RSVP, contact the Haida Health Centre, 626-3911.