Every day, JDRF Advocacy brings together people who have diabetes, or a connection to someone with diabetes, and are interested in making their voices heard.
When it comes to fighting diabetes, there is strength in numbers. JDRF is working together to build bonds among those who are personally affected by diabetes with their Member of Parliament (MP). These relationships strengthen our community, provide support for those who are living with diabetes, and deliver JDRF’s message – the need for a cure and the need to accelerate the pace of research through funding from our federal government.
Established in 1998, JDRF’s Government Relations Program is focusing on three main areas in 2013:
- Increase diabetes awareness, particularly type 1 diabetes (T1D).
- Actively participate in the legislative decision making process as it affects diabetes research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.
- Increase the amount of money the federal government gives to diabetes research to find a cure for diabetes.
While great strides have been made to increase federal support for diabetes research over the past few years, more still needs to be done.
Being a JDRF Advocate is easy and doesn’t require a lot of your time – which is the most important contribution you can make. It’s as easy as sending an e-mail, or calling or meeting with your Member of Parliament (MP) to share your personal story. As a JDRF Advocate, your personal story makes an added impact when you join forces with the thousands of other Advocates across Canada.
We need your help to increase the pace of research to help find a cure.
JDRF Advocates receive:
- Legislative alerts on when and how to write to your elected officials on matters of immediate importance;
- News on advocacy initiatives;
- E-mail updates on diabetes-related public policy events in Ottawa; and
- Updates on diabetes research initiatives in bills before Parliament.