The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) allocated funds to support educational activities of our Affiliate Members through the Tanny Nadon Affiliate Members Grant (2015-2021). Eligible projects included, but were not limited to, websites, pamphlets, newsletters and endeavours that served to raise visibility or awareness. 

Tanny Nadon was an inaugural member of the CSPA Board of Directors and a founding member of the Alberta Society of Melanoma, (that has since merged with Affiliate Member, Save Your Skin Foundation). Ms. Nadon's legacy will continue to be honoured by CSPA through a new initiative set to launch in summer 2021. 

Past Winners:

2021- April Canadian Psoriasis Network and Hidradenities & Me Support Group.
2020 - October Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF)
2020 - April DEBRA Canada
2019 - October Canadian Burn Survivors Community
2019 - April The Alberta Society of Melanoma
2018 - October

Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF) 

2018 - April

Scleroderma Society of Canada

2017 - October

Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation

2017 - April

Canadian Burn Survivors Community 

2016 - October

Save Your Skin

2016 - April

Scleroderma Association of BC.

2015 - October

Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation


A number of organizations work together with us to improve the lives of skin patients and their families in Canada. They are:


20 0550 ABOUTFACE Logo STACKED RGB ENWe’re here for advice and support. We provide education and we’re a useful source of information. And we also see it as our role to generate as much public awareness and understanding of what living with a facial difference means to those affected. We had to sum up what AboutFace:

AboutFace ENCOURAGES – We believe knowing you are not alone is the first step in embracing the journey.

AboutFace EMPOWERS – We believe building on strength and character helps develop a sense of purpose.

AboutFace EDUCATES – We believe education is critical to nurturing understanding and acceptance.

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Alberta Lymphedema Association

Alberta Lymphedema IMAGEThe Alberta Lymphedema Association (ALA) is a charitable organization founded in 2003 by a team of people who recognized the need to help people living with, or at risk of, lymphedema. A learning association committed to the ongoing education of its stakeholders, ALA works to make a difference and empower affected individuals and their families to help manage this condition. ALA works from the patient standpoint.


Alberta Lymphedema Infographic

Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada

Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada logo EngThe Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada’s mission is to improve the lives of 7 million Canadians suffering from acne and rosacea by raising awareness and by providing independent, reputable information. Our society comprises dermatologists, educators, communicators and patients. Since acne and rosacea appear on the face in most people and affect appearance, there can be significant emotional distress in addition to the visible signs. There may also be permanent skin damage such as scarring.

For in-depth information on acne please visit our website www.AcneAction.ca (bilingual). For information on rosacea, please see our www.RosaceaHelp.ca site.  

Acne and Rosacea Society Infographic

BC Lymphedema Association

The BC Lymphedema AssociationBC lymp is the provincial resource for promoting healthy and hopeful living with lymphedema.   Our goals are to build awareness across BC and provide information about lymphedema and available treatment/management options.

 BC Lymphedema Infographic

Camp Liberté

camp liberteCamp Liberté Society provides a summer camp experience for Canadian children with moderate to severe skin conditions. Campers are provided an opportunity to grow in confidence and self-esteem through a multi-cultural outdoor camping experience in a fun, safe, bilingual, environment.

Campers return from Camp Liberté with more confidence, a greater appreciation for nature, and long-lasting relationships.


Camp Liberté Infographic

Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation

canaafOn behalf of Canadians who have been diagnosed with alopecia areata, the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation supports those affected by alopecia areata, promotes awareness and education of this auto-immune disease and raises funds for research.


Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation Infographic 

 Canadian Burn Survivors Community

cbscThe Canadian Burn Survivors Community (CBSC) is a community comprised of burn survivors, firefighters, burn unit staff, and advisors who have come together to offer support and education to any person or people that have been affected by burns. 

 Our main objective is to help support the development of the psychological well-being of burn survivors in Canada.  We provide an avenue for the sharing of materials and programs in our quarterly newsletter, we try to assist in the prevention of burns in Canada, and we encourage professional development of firefighters, health care providers, and anyone affected by the trauma of burns in Canada. We ensure that there is a conference held every second year in Canada so that burn survivors can come together to share their stories and heal. 

Canadian Burn Survivors Infographic

Canadian Association for Porphyria

cap logo RGBThe mission of the Canadian Association for Porphyria/Association Canadienne de Porphyrie is:

  • to deliver evidence-based information and support to patients with porphyria, their families, health care providers and the general public across Canada
  • to achieve standards and evidence-based comprehensive care for all people with porphyria throughout their lifespans.


Canadian Psoriasis Network

CPN Logo 150We are the Canadian Psoriasis Network (CPN). Our goal is to improve the quality of life of all Canadians who are living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis while vigorously pursuing a cure. Our mission is to provide all current information on treatment and continuing care through education, outreach, research and leading by example.

Infographic for the Canadian Psoriasis Network

Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation

The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundationcanadian skin cancer logo has a vision: a world without skin cancer! Because skin cancer is a highly preventable disease we believe we can achieve this vision through education around awareness around prevention and early detection. Our mission statement is: To prevent and eradicate skin cancer through education, awareness, advocacy and research.

Chronic Urticaria Society

Chronic Urticaria SocietyChronic Urticaria official logo is a group of specialists, and patients with chronic urticaria, that aims to:

  1. improve the health and quality of life of people dealing with chronic urticaria;
  2. find ways to support the advancement of knowledge and research on chronic urticaria;
  3. search for relevant, updated information on chronic urticaria, validate it, and make it available;
  4. influence decisions within the medical community, governments, and other stakeholders;
  5. raise awareness of this condition;
  6. inform and train medical staff so they can diagnosis correctly and better refer patients to the specialists they need.

DEBRA Canada

DEBRA Canada DEBRA Canada LOGO FINAL HR CMYK   We stand together for Canadians affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) in raising awareness, supporting the community through our programs, services, education, advocacy, and research.


Debra Canada Infographic

Eczema Québec

Copy of Eczema QuebecEczéma Québec was created as a branch of the McGill University Hospital Network Center ofExcellence for Atopic Dermatitis. It is a network of patients and healthcare practitioners, and it was created to build resources based on international best-practice guidelines. Eczéma Québecaims to partner with patients to improve education and experience of care, to increase knowledge of atopic dermatitis by researching disease factors, as well as to promote awareness and the health of our population.

Eczema Society of Canada

Eczema Society of Canada ESC LOGO TMMC15(ESC) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians living with eczema.  Our mandate includes eczema education, support, raising awareness, and research.  To find help living with eczema, contact us.  We're here to help.

Eczema Society of Canada Infographic

Fire Fighters Burn Fund

ffbfThe Firefighters Burn Fund was created in March 1978 and is a registered charitable organization, duly incorporated in the Province of Manitoba. Originally organized by Winnipeg firefighters, the Burn Fund now involves and is supported by members of the Fire Service throughout Manitoba.

The Firefighters Burn Fund is a volunteer-run organization. No salaries are paid to any Board Member or volunteer. The Burn Fund is not a member agency of The United Way, nor does it receive government grants. Therefore, we rely entirely on donations and proceeds from fundraising activities.

The Burn Fund supports ongoing educational opportunities for members of the Burn Team (Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists). This includes continuing educational seminars, conferences, developing research skills, etc.

Hidradenitis and Me

HS and Me logoHidradenitis & Me Support Groupis a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote self-care and awareness.  Organizers facilitate monthly support group sessions via Zoom the last Tuesday of the month (7pm - 8:15pm EST).  Those interested in joining a Support Group session are invited to register/email via the website.  

 When Covid restrictions are lifted, Support Group Sessions will resume, in-person, in Toronto, Ontario as well as online. 

Hidradenitis & Me Infographic 

HS Heroes

HS Heroes logoHS Heroes (HSH) is a volunteer-run, registered, Not-for-profit organization. We are a community and resource for people living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). HSH is dedicated to Education, Awareness, and Advocacy for; 

        • Those currently diagnosed 
        • Those who don’t yet have a diagnosis 
        • Those who don’t have the illness but are caregivers, friends, or relatives of those who suffer 
        • Health care professionals

Infographic for HS Heroes

Melanoma Network of Canada

MNCMelanoma Network of Canada (MNC) was founded in 2009, to respond to the needs of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer patients in Canada. MNC is a National organization dedicated to coordinating education and prevention efforts, raising awareness, providing a strong voice for advocacy, and support services and programs for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer patients and caregivers. MNC works tirelessly to develop and implement programs and offer services to meet the needs of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer patients and their caregivers from initial diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, and in case of recurrence.

Patient Support group link: https://www.melanomanetwork.ca/supportgroups/

Monthly melanoma support group offered the first Wednesday of the month 6:30PM EST, registration is done online. 

NEW Monthly Caregiver Support Group Link: https://www.melanomanetwork.ca/caregiversupport/ registration is done online. 

French website: https://www.melanomanetwork.ca/fr/

 Melanoma Network of Canada Infographic 

Myositis Canada

myositisMyositis Canada is a non-profit agency formed in 2015 by people with myositis who wanted an agency dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by myositis. Our mission is a world where each new case of myositis is diagnosed and cured within months, and where full rehabilitation from myositis damage is routine.

MyMyositis describes inflammation or swelling of the muscle tissue. Dermatomyositis includes inflammation of the muscles and the skin. DM is the easiest type of myositis to diagnose because it typically has a visible skin rash caused by inflammation of blood vessels under the skin. The DM rash looks patchy and reddish or purple and is found on the eyelids, elbows, knees and knuckles. Additional rashes may occur on the cheeks, nose, back and upper chest. Some people also have calcinosis, hardened little bumps under the skin. There is a sub-type of DM where the person affected only suffers from inflammation of the skin with no muscle involvement. 

Neurofibromatosis Society of Ontario

Neurofibromatosis OntarioNFONLogo 4C raises awareness and supports individuals living with neurofibromatosis (NF) in Ontario. We hold meetings and social events to bring individuals with NF and speakers from the medical community together. We provide a safe environment in person and virtually through social media to provide individuals with NF an opportunity to meet others with this condition and access information.  Through donations received, we also fund NF research.

Save Your Skin Foundation

SYSF Logo Eng Fre CMYKThe Save Your Skin Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the areas of skin cancer and skin disease with a focus on education and awareness, research and program development, patient support, and ensuring equal and timely access to treatment for all Canadians. Please visit www.saveyourskin.ca for more information.

Save Your Skin Foundation Infographic

Scleroderma Association of B.C.

Logo BC pngThe Scleroderma Association of B.C. promotes patient outreach, support, and education as well as creates public awareness.  We also continue to raise money for research locally and across Canada. www.sclerodermabc.ca


Scleroderma Association of BC Infographic

Scleroderma Canada 

SSC logoScleroderma Canada serves as an advocate nationally for those affected by scleroderma and works collaboratively with regional scleroderma organizations and the international scleroderma community to achieve common objectives. We are committed to promoting public awareness, supporting those affected by Scleroderma and funding research to find a cure. 

Scleroderma Manitoba

scleroderma manitobaScleroderma Manitoba advocates for the scleroderma community across the province and is committed to promoting disease awareness and improving the quality of life for all patients. 

Scleroderma Manitoba Infographic 

Scleroderma Society of Ontario

The Scleroderma Society of Ontario5654c7f1461fdSSO Logo 2015 is committed to promoting increased public awareness, advancing patient wellness, and supporting research in scleroderma.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Canada

SJS Canada’ssjs tens vision is to facilitate an umbrella of services for the SJS/TEN patient community in Canada, through health promotion by providing people suffering from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (SJS/TEN), their families, and caregivers with access to related counseling, education, support groups, and information programs

SJS Canada Infographic

 Tumour Foundation of BC

1200255348642514.7u72gYPsC52C9mV8ZFwJ height640The Tumour Foundation of BC is a registered nonprofit charitable organization that has been supporting individuals and families affected with neurofibromatosis since 1984. Through our support, education, and research programs we strive to improve the lives of patients and families living with this genetic disorder. 

The CSPA collaborates with Canadian not-for-profit patient groups and organizations that deal with skin conditions, diseases and traumas. By working together, we can strongly advocate for the needs of skin patients across the country and provide comprehensive education and support.

Organizations or local support groups who join the CSPA benefit greatly by sharing information and having a wider audience. Skin patients and their families benefit by becoming part of a bigger community and gaining access to information about treatment, care, and research in skin disease.

How the CSPA supports Affiliate Members

Who are we, and what do we do?

We are the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) - a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating on behalf of all Canadians living with skin diseases, conditions, and traumas. Our mission is to promote skin health and improve the quality of life of Canadians living with disorders that affect skin, hair, and nails.

As an organization for all Canadian skin patients and the organizations that represent them, we:

  • advocate for the needs of skin patients across the country
  • educate patients, healthcare professionals, and policymakers by providing a broad range of resources and supports
  • share cutting edge information that empowers our community to have informed discussions with their healthcare professionals and get the best possible health outcomes
  • network and connect skin patients to emerging education, advocacy, and research opportunities.

The CSPA is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating on behalf of all Canadians living with skin diseases, conditions, and traumas. Our mission is to promote skin health and improve the quality of life of Canadians living with disorders that affect skin, hair, and nails.

Are you involved with a skin patient support group and would like your group to be part of the CSPA network? Large or small, every not-for-profit group that is patient-focused is welcome to join!

Application to become a CSPA Affiliate Member

If your group would like to join the CSPA as an Affiliate Member, please read the following section on requirements, and request the application form at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Contact Mary Pagnotta, Stakeholder Relations & Fundraising Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or would like more information about the benefits of having your organization become an Affiliate Member of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance.


A CSPA Affiliate Member is a federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit organization or registered charity that exists to help Canadians deal with a skin condition, disease or trauma by providing support, education, information, undertaking or supporting fundraising, research, or advocacy on their behalf. The Board of the CSPA must agree with the submitted membership.

As a matter of policy, which is designed to maintain the CSPA’s good standing in the community, the CSPA invites only organizations that share its vision and its approach to carrying on its affairs. Of particular importance to the CSPA and its stakeholders are the following:

  • Patient-focused programming and initiatives
  • Transparency
  • Fiscal responsibility/transparency
  • Unbiased neutrality concerning recommendations for treatments for diseases (no direct advertising for sponsors’ products in any materials or websites)
  • A functioning governance model with structured clinical advice from a relevant health-care professional or team
  • The organization cannot be solely funded by a single commercial entity

Please request an application to become a CSPA Affiliate Member at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Why become an Affiliate Member? What do you get by joining?

The CSPA can help you:

  1. Expand your reach
  2. Keep up-to-date on advances in skin disease treatments, care, and research
  3. Advocate for better care and more effective treatments
  4. Build connections with other skin patient organizations

If you would like to join CSPA as an Affiliate Member, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would be happy to provide you with the application form. To see the current Affiliate Members please go to https://www.canadianskin.ca/affiliate-members/current-affiliate-members

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 613-224-4266; toll-free at 1-877-505-2772; or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A.       Expand the reach of your organization

Your organization can benefit from having a stronger voice and having your information shared with a larger audience through CSPA’s digital and social media:

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facebook         instagram          twitter 


Canadian Skin & À Propeau magazines

Canadian Skin Spring2020 Eng smThese free magazines are published three times per year and contain up-to-date information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of skin disorders as well as helpful resources for patients in your community. The magazines are available in dermatologists’ offices across Canada as well as by mail directly to patients, their families, and other interested readers. Affiliate Members are automatically added to the magazine distribution list. You can have your name added to the distribution list now by subscribing, calling 1-877-505-CSPA (2772) or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 fall cover 2019 englishThe magazines include a section that features the work and experiences of our Affiliate Members, called “Living With.”  You are invited to submit an article about the impact of a specific skin disorder on a patient from your community and how they navigated treatment decisions for inclusion in the “Living With” section. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


Dermatologist of the Year

We also announce and present the prestigious Dermatologist of the Year award at the Canadian Dermatology Conference Annual Conference. The nominations for this award are submitted by all Affiliate Members and the winner is vetted through a committee. For further information, please contact Mary Pagnotta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

B.       Keep up-to-date on advances in skin treatments, care, and research

Our website provides detailed information on the diagnosis and management of specific skin conditions as well as important information on coping and support and additional resources in English and French. There is currently information about approximately 40 conditions that have been reviewed for medical and scientific accuracy, which the CSPA is constantly expanding. As well, the CSPA provides educational resources about clinical practice guidelines, treatments and clinical trials.

Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada)

The CSPA is also leading patient engagement in the Skin Investigation Network of Canada (SkIN Canada). This Network was founded to support collaboration between leading researchers, experts and patients from across the country. SkIN Canada seeks to embed patient experience and input in skin research undertaken across Canada. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee of the Network, the CSPA’s Executive Director chairs the Patient Advisory Council.

C.       Advocate for better care and more effective treatments

There is strength in numbers! The CSPA supports Affiliate Members by:

  • Advocating for access to specific treatments through patient input submissions, pre-budget submissions and on other important policy issues such as national pharmacare, drug pricing, drug shortages, teledermatology, phototherapy, and rare disease and cancer policy
  • Supporting positive policy changes that impact patient input submission processes, such as changes to the Common Drug Review, the Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review run by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Participating in consultations and interactions with healthcare providers, policy- and decision-makers, and partners, including at meetings and conferences
  • Engaging with policymakers to share the diversity of skin patient perspectives, and being a voice for those that feel they have no voice for their condition, and
  • Sharing links to your surveys, campaigns, and consultations.
The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)

The CSPA shares updates about our community with dermatologists through the CDA eBulletin and is invited to participate at the CDA Annual Conference each June as the only patient organization. At this leading national event, we take the opportunity to showcase the work of our Affiliate Members by sharing your information with dermatologists and other leaders in dermatology at our booth.

Skin Patient Charter of Rights

In 2019, the CSPA created the Skin Patient Charter of Rights to raise awareness of your rights, to empower you and promote the fair treatment of all people with skin diseases, conditions and traumas.

As an Affiliate Member, you have free access to the Skin Patient Charter posters, postcards and banners to use at meetings and events. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today for a free copy of the Skin Patient Charter.

D.       Build connections with other skin patient organizations

Biennial Face-to-Face Affiliate Member meetings

CSPA hosts these all-expenses-paid meetings every two years. Attendees have the opportunity to discuss common issues facing skin patients in Canada and connect with pharmaceutical partners to enhance Affiliate Members’ networks. This allows our members to discuss common challenges faced by skin patients in Canada and offers an opportunity to identify areas where the skin patient community can work together to improve patient outcomes across disease areas.

Prior to the meetings, a survey will be circulated to help define priority issues for organizing workshops and discussions. In fact, the Skin Patient Charter of Rights grew from a discussion at one of these meetings.

Affiliate Members Workplace

The CSPA Affiliate Members Workplace is an online space where collaboration, conversation and information sharing can happen between CPSA's Affiliate Member organizations.  All users are encouraged to offer resources and input as well as celebrate our successes and discuss how all Affiliate Members can better serve their respective skin patient communities. The platform looks and feels like Facebook.  Complete with member profiles, groups and chat features, it is an effective, private way of communicating with one another.  Our goal is to help empower our Affiliate Members to identify strengths and build camaraderie and connections between one another.

Affiliate Member Toolbox

The Affiliate Member Toolbox contains helpful information on working with the CSPA and includes resources from other groups, such as Charity Village.

CSPA Members discount

As an Affiliate Member, you can take advantage of and benefit from discounts with UPS, Avis, Budget, and Lenovo. It’s easy to apply!

Fostering patient communities & sharing information

Whether your organization is seeking to develop its Board of Directors, advocate, grow its social media presence, fundraise, make connections with other patient organizations, or develop itself into a new organization, CSPA can be a resource to you.

Coming Soon: Mentorship Program!

Stay tuned for news about the new Mentorship Program we are working on for our Affiliate Members.

What are Affiliate Members’ commitments?

There are no fees to join as an Affiliate Member. We ask our Affiliate Members to:

  • put our “Proud Affiliate of CSPA” logo on your website
  • permit us to share their logo on our website as an Affiliate Member
  • share the Skin Patient Charter of Rights
  • participate in relevant campaigns
  • share information and surveys, and
  • attend the face-to-face meeting.



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