CAPA is not a 'bricks and mortar' organization. The Internet connects us and we communicate by email. Information is conveyed through our newsletter, CAPA Voices, and in NewsAlerts. Although CAPA is a young organization we have already accomplished a great deal. For example, CAPA members participate as advisors and collaborators in major research projects, serve as appointed members on expert panels with the same privileges and responsibilities as all other members, and are considered stakeholders with the same status as all other stakeholders by government agencies. We help inform health policy, meet with researchers, government staffers, MPs and Senators, and present at major national and international conferences. In all of these examples we provide the patient experience, perspective and voice. CAPA has helped to make Canadian arthritis patients/consumers visible and recognized as individuals and valuable contributors to the health care agenda.