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Board of Directors



Gael James was diagnosed with Polymyositis in 1995 and is eternally grateful for modern medicine and that she has lived in countries with medicare (Canada, the UK, Australia and Taiwan). Gael's goal for Myositis Canada is to provide a safe and welcoming space for the newly diagnosed; to continue to support (online and in local groups) those living with and supporting those with myositis; and to raise awareness of myositis, particularly within the medical profession. Email president@myositis.ca




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A native of Colombia, Adrian is a manager and senior consultant in the tightly regulated consumer health products industry in Canada and around the world. A graduate of the University of Guelph and McGill University, Adrian joins the board of Myositis Canada with the goals of furthering its mandates to raise awareness of myositis in the medical community, supporting individuals with myositis locally and online and improving access to research funding. Adrian lives in Calgary, AB with his partner and two dogs. Contact Adrian at treasurer@myositis.ca


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Patient Chair

My name is Cécile Marie Henderson. I was born in France and I have lived in Scotland, England, Hong Kong, Ontario and Québec. I am an epidemiologist and I have mostly worked in research and in public health. I currently work in public health in Nunavik.

Over the years, I have enjoyed volunteering for various healthcare organisations. I am excited to have the opportunity to volunteer for Myositis Canada. I look forward to helping support people living with all forms of myositis, via an online network, local support groups and perhaps one-to-one emotional support. I have polymyositis (diagnosed 2015).

Contact Cécile at admin@myositis.ca.


My name is Barb Power and I have been living with dermatomyositis since 2017 and feel very fortunate that I was diagnosed quickly which has allowed me to receive good treatment. I have recently retired from owning and operating a retail establishment after 30 years. I have sat on a couple of boards in the industry. I hope that my experience will help to bring awareness of myositis as well as offer support to those living with the disease.


­­Pari Basharat, MD, FRCPC is Program Director of the Rheumatology Program. She completed her medical school training as well as fellowships in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario. She also completed a fellowship in Inflammatory Myopathies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Dr. Basharat has a special interest in both general rheumatology and inflammatory myopathies. She currently runs a specialized multidisciplinary clinic for Inflammatory Myositis bimonthly with Dr. Shannon Venance, a neuromuscular specialist from the Department of Neurology at Western University. The clinic serves to enhance the care and assessment of patients with possible autoimmune muscle disorders. In this clinic, neuromuscular trainees work alongside rheumatology residents in the assessment of a variety of patients with muscle diseases and are exposed to a wide breadth and depth of neuromuscular disorders. Trainees become familiar with the plethora of multi-systemic manifestations involved in these diagnoses as well as their investigations, management and treatment.


In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Basharat is also involved in research at the local, national and international levels in autoimmune myopathies. She has received the AMOSO Opportunities Fund Award from the Department of Medicine, Western University, for her research in this area. She has also authored articles on autoimmune necrotizing myopathies, statin-induced necrotizing myopathy and overlap myopathies. She also facilitates the annual joint injection workshop at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meetings.

Contact Pari at director@myositis.ca.