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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 Finding Balance



Upcoming Community Events
Toronto Argos Vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Support T1D at the Toronto Argos game on November 6 vs. the Winnipeg Blue Bombers!
In support of this great cause $10 from each ticket will be donated to JDRF Canada

Call Anthony Melillo at 416.341.2716 or email at to start building your mini-section!

Go Argoooos!!

Cabaret for the Cure

Life is a Cabaret! Please join us for a fun-filled family-friendly evening in support of JDRF featuring some of Canada's top Musical Theatre Talent! Our cast members have performed in in the Dora Award winning Mirvish production of 'Once', the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival and more! Local talent will also be featured including students from Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Jaymor School of Dance and Theatre Aurora.

Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., in the beautiful Frank D'Andrea Theatre at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, 11300 Bayview Avenue.

Ticket Price:
Adult: $50 (14 years of age and older)
Child: $20 (13 years of age and younger)

For more information, please contact Jody Butler at:

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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: 5:30 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 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, November 19, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Please contact Sherry at or 647-789-2038 for more information.

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Thank you to all 5,181 riders that came out to support our Real Estate, Toronto and York Rides this year and raised over $1.4m for diabetes research.  We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

A friendly reminder that riders have until December 31 to show us how far you would go for JDRF!

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Thank you for supporting the 2015 TELUS Walk To Cure Diabetes!

Thank you...for your participation in the 2015 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes! We are blown away by the incredible effort that you've put into fundraising to date! Although you've already reached the finish line on Walk day, IT'S NOT TOO LATE to reach your goal!

Many of you took the very important step of setting a fundraising goal. If you have reached your target or have plans underway to do so, please accept our sincerest gratitude! If you're nearing that finish line, by saying "I am the reaching my goal type" you can help raise an additional $1.8 million for JDRF, ensuring our funding commitments are met. You can continue to raise funds through to December!

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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 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 or 647-789-2038

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School Fundraisers 

Five Mazo de la Roche P.S. students, who have type 1 diabetes (T1D), raised awareness by doing presentations for all of the 600 grade 1 – 8 students and 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:

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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 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 or 647-789-2035.

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Staff Directory

Catherine Davies
Regional Manager, Toronto Chapter / 647-789-2042

Sherry Plant
Community Engagement Manager / 647-789-2038

Cristin Talentino
Manager, Fundraising & Development - JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research / 647-789-2322

Danielle Benson
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research / 647-789-2034

Erin Welsh (Maternity Leave)
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research / 647-789-2031

Leigh Cudia
Senior Fundraising & Development Coordinator – JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research / 647-789-2020

Kimberley Locke
Manager, Fundraising & Development - TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes / 647-789-2325

Sharon Anisman
Manager, Fundraising & Development – Gala / 647-789-2010

Anna Borges
Fundraising & Development Coordinator – Program Support / 647-789-2033

Ivy Law
Fundraising & Development Assistant / 647-789-2037

Asha Lewis
Fundraising & Development Coordinator – Volunteers / 647-789-2035

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