We provide specialized services designed for sufferers of arthritis and chronic pain


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   - Exercise Classes
   - Social & Support
   - Workshops
   - Upcoming Events

Complete the online registration form & (if applicable) submit your payment prior to start date in order to secure your spot!

Exercise Classes

Participants must pre-register
Full payment is required prior to start.
Held at 3 West Island locations: DDO, Dorval & Pierrefonds

Check back often to see what's offered!

Led by a certified, professional fitness instructor.
Designed to meet individual needs and abilities.
Joint and muscle-friendly whole-body exercises (resistance, aerobics, stretching and relaxation).

Chairs provided, if needed.
Optional to bring: towel, floor mat.
Free 1-class trial available.

Tax receipts are available upon request.

Pre-register here

Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Chem. du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore
Dorval, QC H9S 2E5

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

July 3rd to August 21 (8 weeks)
$52 (AWISH member) / $60 (non-member)

Pre-register here

Please consider joining the Pierrefonds Exercise Class offered.
Contact AWISH if you have any questions.

Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Chem. du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore
Dorval, QC H9S 2E5

Wednesdays (Option 1)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Wednesdays (Option 2)
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

September 25 to November 27 (10 weeks)
$65 (AWISH member) / $75 (non-member)

Pre-register here

DDO Civic Centre
12001 De Salaberry Boulevard

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

September 27 to November 29 (10 weeks)

$65 (DDO resident, any age) / $65 (AWISH member 55+) / Not available otherwise

Pre-register here

Gerry-Robertson Community Centre
9665 Blvd Gouin Ouest
Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 1R4

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

July 2nd to July 30th (5 weeks)
$32 (AWISH member) / $37 (non-member)

Pre-register here

Gerry-Robertson Community Centre
9665 Blvd Gouin Ouest
Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 1R4

Fall Pierrefonds Exercise Class = TBC (to be confirmed)

Potential dates: September 24 – November 26

If you are interested in a Fall exercise class in Pierrefonds, please let AWISH know as soon as possible, so that we can further arrange and set details!

Social & Support

Social outings are held on the third Sunday of each month at different West Island locations. These are informal, bilingual pay-your-own-way get-togethers at a restaurant or park setting.

Time: 12 pm

Contact the office to confirm attendance, and location.

Dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, April 21, May 19, Jun 16, July 21, Aug 18, Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15

To help those suffering with depression/mental health issues due to Chronic Pain related to Arthritis.

AWISH is looking for a qualified person to run this group. If you are interested, please contact AWISH to discuss how you can help others!

Workplace and Community Outreach: On-site interactive presentations and information kiosks to educate on arthritis with tips on exercise, nutrition and arthritis management. Possibility of special lecture, lunch-and-learn, exercise and Wellness Fair options.

Are you interested in an in-person presentation for a group?
Wanting to invite AWISH to set up an information booth at an event?
Would you like to learn more about what AWISH has to offer?

AWISH provides information, education and support in numerous ways: various classes and sessions; private presentations; community events (booth); and so much more… We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact AWISH – we’re here to help


Participants must pre-register.
AWISH invites adults of any age to participate.
Types & topics of workshops vary throughout the year.

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Series of 5 weekly interactive & informal information sessions where participants are encouraged to share their day-to-day experience, coping skills and ideas.
A comprehensive course for arthritics or related condition (i.e. chronic pain) learning to manage their pain by understanding it and developing strategies to live a better fruitful life.

1. The nitty-gritty of arthritis.
2. Nutrition – Creating the right habits.
3. Exploring your options – Relaxation, massage, posturology, therapies, etc.
4. Movement matters!
5. Staying engaged – Critical to your overall wellbeing.

Led by Health & Wellness Coach: Ariana Parolini

Tuesdays – 5 weeks (Sept 10, 17, 24 + Oct 1, 8)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

FREE for AWISH Members 
or $20 for non-members (join now for $25/year!)

Pre-register here

Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Chem. du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore, Dorval, QC H9S 2E5

Learn how to journal to deal with arthritis and chronic pain.

Led by Helene Brunet
Owner of Ink Well Journaling – 30+ years experience

Tuesday, September 3rd
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

FREE for AWISH Members 
or $20 for non-members (join now for $25/year!)

Pre-register here

Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Chem. du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore, Dorval, QC H9S 2E5

Recent & Upcoming Events

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AWISH info booth at Summer BBQ (hosted by MNA Brigitte Garceau – Robert-Baldwin)
Monday, August 18
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Centennial Park
3000 Lake, DDO
H9B 2M1

Visit the AWISH INFO BOOTH – we can’t wait to meet you!

June 9 – 1:30pm
Salon A – Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre
1335 Lakeshore, Dorval

Wellness Through Journaling by Helene Brunet
Learn how to journal to deal with arthritis and chronic pain +  information on the upcoming Workshop on Sept. 3 (don’t forget to pre-register!)

* William Timmons (Retired Westmount Fire Chief)
Open discussion & information on crisis emergency management, critical incident stress: its impact on arthritis/chronic pain. 

* Kiwanis Lakeshore Montréal
Learn about groups they support & information on their upcoming golf tournament on June 18.

* Ariana Parolini (Health & Wellness Coach)
Learn about the upcoming 5-week workshop: Living Well With Arthritis and pre-register!

* Somnolence Canada Fondation
Learn about their organization that aims to improve health, wellness and fitness outcomes through sleep.

* Friends for Mental Health
Learn about their services and information they offer to individuals and families to better cope with their loved one’s mental health.

* AWISH: Discover who we are & what we have to offer.
Our mission is to provide information, education and support to caregivers and individuals suffering from arthritis and chronic pain.

Interested in volunteering? Want to become a Board Member?
Would you like us to do a presentation in a private, group session? 

Visit us at our AGM – we can’t wait to meet you!


  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Approval of the Minutes of June 11, 2023
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Appointment of Accountant
  6. President’s Report
  7. Amendments to By-Laws
  8. Nominating Committee Report and Election of Board Members
  9. Question Period
  10. Adjournment

Visit the AWISH booth!
Fête en Famille – May 31 
4:00pm – 8:00pm
9625 Blvd Gouin Ouest, Pierrefonds

coffee mug beside blank paper and a pen

The Fine Print

– Unless indicated as a public event, all AWISH services require pre-registration and/or to confirm your attendance.
– Either complete the online registration form (see top of page) OR download a PDF copy and either email a copy or print & send to AWISH.
– Full payment is required to ensure your spot.
– AWISH will confirm you have been pre-registered. Please contact the office if you do not hear from us within a reasonable length of time.

Simply pre-register here: online registration form

– Full payment of service must be paid in full prior to start date (no exceptions)

Payment methods accepted:
1. e-Transfer (auto-deposit): send to
2. Cheque: Payable to Arthritis West Island (Mail or deliver to: AWISH, 640 Lakeshore, Suite 103, Dorval QC H9S 2B6)
3. Cash: Please call or email office ahead of arrival.
4. PayPal: send to

(Tax receipts available upon request for Exercise Classes) 

– AWISH members receive preferred rates, or free access, for services.
– Some services are only available to AWISH members.
– Become an AWISH member today for only $25/year!

– If AWISH is no longer able to offer the service: a) full credit prior to start date OR b) reimbursement of remaining sessions (or amount credited towards a future seasonal session)
– If you become ill and can no longer attend, please contact the office. A $10 administrative fee may apply.

Contact AWISH if…
– You would like more information on our various programs & activities.
– You have a service or skill you’d like to offer (ex: lead the Caring & Sharing Support Group; run a Chair Yoga Exercise Class; etcetera)
– You would like a private presentation of information by AWISH (ex: senior homes, companies, etcetera)
– You would like to invite AWISH to have an information booth at a public event/setting
– You have any questions or concerns.

AWISH is here to provide: Information | Education | Support

July 2024
Social Brunches (Bilingual)
12:00 pm
Call the office to confirm your attendance and location.


Services Registration Form

AWISH – Arthritis West Island Self Help Association
640 Lakeshore, Suite 103, Dorval, QC H9S 2B6


(Income tax receipts are available, upon request, for Exercise Classes)
Charitable reg. #: 89055 8893 RR00012

NOTE: Income tax receipts are available, upon request, for Exercise Classes - contact AWISH