Serving Toronto, York, and Durham Region.

2550 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M2J 5A9
Tel: 647.789.2000
Toll-Free: 1.877.287.3533
Fax: 416.491.2111


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New Venue Announcement!

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.

Conveniently located 20 minutes from Toronto off Highway 404, Bruce's Mill Conservation Area is a stunning, pristine park offering shady tree hiking trails, covered picnic areas and free parking!

In addition, Bruce’s Mill has wonderful onsite family activities where children can let their imaginations run wild as they explore tree-houses connected by hammock nets and slides.

And we haven’t forgotten about the “Kids at Heart!” Bruce’s Mill also offers Treetop Trekking!* Feel the rush as you fly across ziplines, and climb like a monkey on balance logs, cable traverses, hammock nets,  wooden bridges and Tarzan swings suspended high in the forest canopy.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Stouffville Go Train. More details coming soon!

Registration is now open, we look forward to seeing you there!

*Fees may apply

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).

T1D Adult Group


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

Join this informal monthly group from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loblaws, Maple Leaf Gardens (Upper Level next to the LCBO). Underground parking in validated at customer service.

Meeting Dates:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 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 1.877.287.3533

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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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School Fundraisers 

Five Mazo de la Roche P.S. students, who have type 1 diabetes, raised awareness by doing presentations for all of the 600 grade 1 – 8 students and the staff.  The campaign culminated in an “Active-a-thon” fundraiser at the Newmarket, Ontario French Immersion  public school located in York Region.   Mazo’s “vedettes du diabète” (Superstars) raised over $1,500 for diabetes research for JDRF.   In the photo are Mazo’s “vedettes du diabète”.  Front Row (left to right):  Nicole, Teagan, Jeffrey, Chloe    Back Row (left to right) Claire and Principal Michael O’Reilly.   Anyone interested in looking for information about having an educational  fundraising campaign can contact the Principal at: michael.oreilly@yrdsb.ca.

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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


Jason Kelly Classic


2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Exciting news for all you runners! JDRF is one of the participating charities for the 2015 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 18; Lace Up to Turn Type One into Type None.

It’s very simple; sign up today and start fundraising for JDRF!

Here's what you need to know:

  1. To participate in the 2015 STWM, register through Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and select JDRF as your charity
  2. Start fundraising…all donations will be directed to JDRF

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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

Ivy Law
Fundraising & Development Assistant
ilaw@jdrf.ca / 647-789-2037

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

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