Message from our CEO


Joyce Gordon, President and CEO
Joyce Gordon,
Chief Executive Officer

A brighter future

When Parkinson’s disease comes into a person’s life and their home, it changes everything. We’ve been changing too. The recent union of six Parkinson’s organizations into one Parkinson Canada shows that we are taking the bold steps needed to grow our capacity to reach more people with Parkinson’s, effectively and efficiently. This is more important than ever given that the number of people with Parkinson’s is growing by more than 25 people each day.

It takes a community to live well with Parkinson’s, and you are an important part of the Parkinson’s extensive and global community. This past September marked the fourth World Parkinson Congress in Portland, USA, where more than 4,400 researchers, clinicians, people with Parkinson’s and caregivers alike joined forces to share the latest information and advancements. We are inspired by the global Parkinson’s community. Parkinson Canada is more determined than ever to support you and all of our clients to tackle the challenges you face each day.

Parkinson Canada is the source of credible information for individuals living with Parkinson’s and their families. We are committed to expanding our offerings to you, using new technologies, as well as familiar vehicles, to share information that you and your loved ones can really use – accessible when, and how, you want it. All of this is made possible through the ongoing generous support of valued donors.

In the coming year, the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s disease will be updated to address gaps in care. More health care professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists and various therapists – will have access to these guidelines, and additional professional education, helping to ensure that you and your loved ones receive optimal care.

With continued donor support, we will plant more seeds for exploration and collaboration. The impact of the Parkinson Canada Research Program goes beyond an investment in discovery-stage research. Canadian scientists gain access to new funding from other sources, based on proven early results from their Parkinson Canada funded projects. This leads to new treatments, greater understanding and improved quality of life. Above all, we know that for you and others, a cure can’t wait.

We’ll talk with you and listen to you, and be your voice in the political arena, to make your life better. We continue to blaze the trail and join forces with others to increase our influence on policymakers and elected representatives. Parkinson Canada and our nationwide network of Ambassadors – people just like you from each province – will speak out for all Canadians living with Parkinson’s.

Connect with us on the telephone, in person out in the community and online. Simply put, we share a unity of purpose to expand our reach and increase our effectiveness in all that we do. That’s our commitment to you.