Greetings from the CRA President

Dear Members, Future Members and Friends,

Welcome to The Canadian Rheumatology Association’s website.  I am honoured to assume the role of President of the CRA, and would like to thank my predecessor Joanne Homik for all of her outstanding contributions during her presidency.

The CRA continues to make an extremely significant impact on our community through its commitment to creating strong educational programs and opportunities for valuable research in the field of Rheumatology.  Our Annual Scientific Meeting brings together the best minds in Rheumatology, and continues to grow in its reach and breadth of offerings year upon year.  All of this success has been driven collectively by our very dedicated board of directors as well as our hardworking and forward thinking staff.  I look forward to continuing this important work alongside them to stay true to our mission: to represent Canadian Rheumatologists and promote the pursuit of excellence in Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease care, education and research.

As always, our members remain our number one priority, and we shall continue to strive to bring fresh ideas, innovative programs and unique networking opportunities to you – our almost 600 members’ strong community!  I must take a moment to acknowledge our very generous member volunteers, who give of their time and talent in support of the CRA’s endeavours.  We could not have achieved what we have thus far without you!  There are many opportunities for members to volunteer within the CRA, whether it is through actively participating on one of our committees, mentoring a summer student or even join the board of directors; and I encourage you to volunteer. Giving back to your organization will reward you in ways you never realized possible.

So, if you are an existing member, make sure and continue to check in with our website regularly to stay abreast of all that is coming, and if you aren’t a member yet I encourage you to jump on board and join us for the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

We at the CRA are very proud of the progress we have made so far, and look forward to what we will accomplish together in the future.

Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia
President, Canadian Rheumatology Association