Welcome to

The Go-To Arthritis
Support Resource

AWISH – Arthritis West Island Self Help Association:
In service to those affected by arthritis living in the West Island of Montreal and surrounding areas.

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Our Vision

We envision a community where everyone suffering from any form of arthritis is aware and can access information about our services aimed at improving their quality of life.

AWISH is an independent, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1987 and unique in the West Island of Montreal. We’re funded by provincial and community, individuals and corporations, and are guided by a Board of Directors, all committed volunteers. 

We provide reliable information, education and support programs for arthritis sufferers and their caregivers. We are the only grassroots, adult arthritis resource centre in the West Island of Montreal and surrounding areas.


Activities and Services

The activities and services offered are provided by volunteers and/or trained facilitators.
We provide specialized services designed for sufferers of arthritis and chronic pain:

Older woman leading an exercise class of senior citizen adults arm stretches

We value these

Guiding Principles

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many upheld hand palms painted with a big purple heart


a couple's hands held together between them to make a heart


4 hands held together wrist by wrist in solidarity


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Canada Stats

1 m+

Canadians *

1 %


1 %

Working Age*

$ 1 b

Health Care Costs*

More About Us

Who We Serve

AWISH primarily serves individuals and caregivers dealing with arthritis in the West Island of Montreal and the surrounding territory.

The West Island consists of: Dorval, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Beaconsfield, Baie D’Urfé, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Senneville, Pierrefonds, Roxboro, Île-Bizard and Sainte-Geneviève. The surrounding territory includes Lachine, LaSalle, Ville Saint-Laurent, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Hudson, Rigaud, Île-Perrot and Pincourt.

There is no other organization in this territory providing support services to individuals suffering from arthritis. Our sphere of interest is expanding however with new friends and arthritic contacts in the province, nation and internationally.

Helpful Tools


Our ever expanding resources include tip sheets, videos, information and more. 

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