Serving Toronto, York, and Durham Region.

2550 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M2J 5A9
Tel: 647.789.2000
Toll-Free: 1.877.CURE.533
Fax: 416.491.2111


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Join us for the 2015 JDRF Walk Kick-Off Event at the Ontario Science Centre!

Please join us on Sunday, March 29 for our Second Annual Walk Kick-Off Event! This will be an opportunity to learn more about the 2015 Toronto Walk, meet other families and participants, and share fundraising ideas. You can also have a chance to win a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge!

Registration opens at 9:00 a.m., with a delicious hot breakfast served until 9:45 a.m.  After the presentation concludes, please feel free to enjoy the rest of the day with your family at the Science Centre!

Please note, you must be registered for the 2015 Toronto Walk to participate. Not registered? No problem! Click here to register for free!


Date: Sunday, March 29

Registration/Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.

Presentation: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Ontario Science Centre 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3

As Toronto prepares to welcome the world for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer, the 2015 JDRF TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, taking place on Sunday June 14, has relocated for one year to the beautiful Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area.

Of course, we are happy to answer any questions you have about these exciting changes. Please feel free to call Kimberley at 647-789-2325, or Sherry at 647-789-2038.

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Welcome to the 2015 Toronto Promise Ball - A 'Fun'draising Gala

Since the very first Toronto Promise Ball in the early 80’s, this amazing event has raised over $19 million - critical funds that have been directed to the most promising and innovative diabetes research.

Although the format has changed over the years, the event continues to be one of the largest and most successful galas in Toronto. With a focus on great food, entertainment, amazing auction items and raffle prizes, and the opportunity to support the ground breaking research being funded by JDRF, the 2015 Promise Ball will continue this tradition.

This year, the Promise Ball will be taking place:

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015                                                                                      

Time: 6:00 p.m.                                                                                                                  

Venue: Paramount Conference and Event Venue                                      

             222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge

To learn more about:

• Purchasing a table/seats

Making a donation

• Participating on one of the gala committees

• Volunteering in the office or at the event

Please contact Sharon Anisman at sanisman@jdrf.ca or 647-789-2010.

Your support will help JDRF accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of advances that cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Adult Support Group

Would meeting other type 1 adults and sharing common experiences be of interest to you?

Join our upcoming meeting, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loblaws, Maple Leaf Gardens (upper level next to the LCBO). Underground parking is validated at Customer Service.

Future meetings:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Please contact Sherry at splant@jdrf.ca or 647-789-2038 for more information.

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Bag of Hope

JDRF is pleased to provide our complimentary Bag of Hope to newly diagnosed children to help them and their families become more familiar with type 1 diabetes (T1D).  The Bag of Hope contains a variety of educational and reference materials.

As a special gift, children under 12 will also receive a Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes™ designed to help children cope and learn about insulin injections.

To receive your Bag of Hope, please contact outreach@jdrf.ca or 1.877.CURE.533.

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Mentor Program

You or a family member has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D); what do you do now? When faced with such a diagnosis, it can be a traumatic and stressful time possibly leaving you and/or your family feeling alone and overwhelmed but you're not alone.

JDRF’s Family Network Volunteers can provide much needed emotional support, information about diabetes resources, education about what families can do to help find a cure and most of all, be a good listener...
we are here to help. Please note, our volunteers are not healthcare professionals and are not authorized to provide medical advice for which, you should consult your doctor or other healthcare professionals.

To learn more about:

• Our Mentor Program

Volunteer opportunities as part of our Outreach Team and/or

Having our Outreach Booth at your next Community Event or Health Fair, please contact Sherry Plant at splant@jdrf.ca or 647-789-2038

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Get Involved - Volunteer!

Help Shape a Future Without Diabetes

JDRF relies on its dedicated volunteers to achieve its mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. These individuals, organizations, and companies commit their time, energy, money, and services – we couldn’t do it without them!

Whether it’s the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, the JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research, the Promise Ball, Office Administration, Outreach, or other JDRF initiatives, we require a considerable amount of volunteer help.

Please contact Asha Lewis at alewis@jdrf.ca or 647-789-2035 to learn how you can get involved.

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Hold a Community Fundraiser!

A third party fundraiser is a fundraising event or initiative for JDRF, organized independently by an outside (third) party.

Plan or Join a Community Event, Personal Campaign or Challenge Event!

If you wish to host a third party fundraiser in support of JDRF, or for more information, please contact Asha Lewis at alewis@jdrf.ca or 647-789-2035.

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Upcoming Community Events


Let the bidding begin!

Auction for a Cure has returned, celebrating 7 years of fundraising for JDRF. During the month of March, proceeds from auction items purchased through Auction for a Cure's eBay store will be donated to JDRF.

JDRF will also be featured at eBay Give at Checkout, so make a donation of $1 or more whenever you make a purchase on eBay Canada!

Lace up those skates in support of JDRF!

For the second year, the Bate Family will be hosting a fun community skating event and fundraising for JDRF. Join them on Saturday, April 11 at the Bill Bolton Arena in Toronto. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Support JDRF by participating in the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon

Don't miss the exciting 19th annual Toronto Marathon. On Sunday, May 3 over 14,000 participants from 50+ countries will hit the streets of Toronto in support of their favourite charity.

On your mark, get set... go! For details on how you can support JDRF in the marathon, visit the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon.

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Staff Directory

Catherine Davies
Regional Manager, Toronto Chapter
cdavies@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2042

Sherry Plant
Outreach Manager
splant@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2038

Cristin Talentino
Manager, Fundraising & Development - JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research
ctalentino@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2322

Danielle Benson
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research
dbenson@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2034

Erin Welsh
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research
ewelsh@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2031

Leigh Cudia
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research
lcudia@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2020

Kimberley Locke
Manager, Fundraising & Development - TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
klocke@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2325

Areeba Younus
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator, TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
ayounus@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2012

Sharon Anisman
Manager, Fundraising & Development – Gala
sanisman@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2010

Anna Borges
Fundraising & Development Coordinator – Program Support
aborges@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2033

Jessie Harding
Fundraising & Development Assistant
jharding@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2037

Asha Lewis
Fundraising & Development Coordinator – Volunteers
alewis@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2035

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