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Ride for Diabetes Research

Get ready... the 2015 Ride for Diabetes Research is coming!

How far would you go to raise funds for cutting edge, innovative and life altering research? How far would you go to better the lives of over 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)?

We would go to the moon and back to raise awareness for T1D research and to find that cure!

Will you join us?

Wednesday October 7, 2015

Waterloo Town Square

Register your teams today and help us knock T1D right out of this world!

Interested in participating but need more information? Give Sharon call at 519.745.2426 , or click here to send her an email!


2015 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes



Thanks to you, the 2015 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes was a HUGE success!

Thanks to your hard work and dedication, we have reached our goal of $300,000!

From the families who struggle everyday with diabetes, to the companies dedicated to making a difference within our community. It's your passion and community spirit that has allowed for this amazing contribution to diabetes research.

Thank you to everyone who went that extra fundraising mile! We truly appreciate your efforts, and we can't want to see you all again in 2016!

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, contact us!


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Events Calendar

Don't Forget!

The KIP Group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kitchener. If you would like more information on these meetings, please contact our office!


August 9 | Sports Bike and Car Show | Uptown Waterloo

August 9 | Ride Against Diabetes (R.A.D)

August 29 & 30 | Friesen Family Fishing Camp | Valens Lake Conservation Area 1691 Regional Rd 97 (R.R. 6), Flamborough ON.

Please contact our office for more information regarding this fishing trip!


Back to School!


October 7 | Ride for Diabetes Research | Waterloo Town Square


November 7 | 2nd Annual James Bond Gala

November 9 | Boston Pizza Night

November 14 | World Diabetes Day

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R.A.D: Ride Against Diabetes

Exhale Entertainment is hosting the 2015 Ride Against Diabetes on August 9!

This car and motorcycle ride will start in Mississauga at Meadowvale Town Centre and finish in Waterloo at City Hall to join the fun at CrazeFest!

Drivers and Riders from all over the tri-city area, and the Toronto area will drive together, show off their vehicles and show their support for JDRF!

Please visit our fundraising page to register for the Ride Against Diabetes

Stay tuned for more updates to come!

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Community Engagement

Through our mailing list we send out helpful information about living with T1D, information about upcoming events, and new and exciting research updates! If you are not part of our email list and would like to be, let us know!

Online Resources

If you have a young one in school, be sure to review the JDRF School ToolKit

Volunteer Profiles

Research Information Volunteer (RIV)

Nancy Tout

What is an RIV?

An RIV is a Research Information Volunteer who learns about all of the JDRF research going on around the world through a variety of resources that JDRF provides, including monthly webinars and seminars, and then shares it with their local chapter, from families to corporations and everything in between.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a RIV?

After 12 years of getting involved with JDRF, mostly through the annual walk for a cure as Family Chair, through government advocacy efforts I participated in both federally and provincially, I wanted to give back in a different way, in a way that aligned with something that I love to do, which is science and research.  The RIV program was a perfect match.

What makes you qualified to spread the word about the great research that JDRF is funding?

I have a Ph.D. in the sciences and work in a highly regulated industry and I understand the ups and downs of research projects and am familiar with the pathway from discovery to a cure or a treatment.  I also feel confident that I can communicate the complex science to a wide range of audiences so everyone feels a sense of excitement around where their research dollars are going without feeling overwhelmed about the science.

What are you most excited about in this new RIV role?

I’m most excited to share the information that I have been privy to over the past couple of months that I’ve been training as an RIV and be able to provide the T1D community and Southwestern Ontario Chapter of JDRF with a sense of optimism and encouragement around the research that is going on.  I am looking forward to communicating the research pathway towards a world without T1D.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I connected with JDRF 12 years ago, at the time my two year old son Alex was diagnosed with T1D.  I’ve been able to thrive over those 12 years because of JDRF and the people that I’ve met along the way.  Outside of my volunteer work with JDRF, I am Head of R&D for a company in Guelph and lead a team of scientists that help farmers feed the world.  Science is my middle name.  Outside of work, I enjoy winter sports with my family, including two teenagers, and all that nature has to offer at our cottage during the summer months.

Government Relations Chair

Derryck Lowe

My name is Derryck Lowe and I've been a volunteer with JDRF Waterloo for 10 years now-- ever since our daughter Julia was diagnosed at the age of five. I currently serve as your Government Relations Chair. The purpose is to introduce, update, and maintain relationships with our local federal government, to bring awareness of  JDRF, its goals and accomplishments.

In November 2014, we had three youth ambassadors and their parents from our chapter attend Lobby Day. This day-long event on Parliament Hill saw over 40 families meet, educate and advocate for JDRF with MP's in Ottawa

Our plan for Government Relations over the next year is to spread the word about JDRF, educate our elected officials and let them know about the amazing research and development that not only is happening right here-- but actually had its beginnings here in Waterloo Region with MP Gary Goodyear and FedDev Ontario.

Government Relations is a federal directive that we would like to spread to the provincial, regional and local level.  We need to let everyone know what great things are being done in the name of research and cure therapies right here in our backyard.

If you know your local councillor, MP, or MPP, would like to know them, or just get involved - then let's talk!

Carolyn Bricker

Community Engagement - Outreach Chair

As the proud mother of Isaiah and Elise, Carolyn Harewood Bricker and her husband Shan Bricker are Cooperate owners of BrickWood Financial Solutions Inc.  She has worked alongside her husband for 12 plus years in the Financial Services Industry.  Carolyn has also held the post of Co-chair of the Women’s Ministries and Ladies Prayer Director at International Gospel Centre for several years.

August 9th, 2011 life changed for the Bricker family as Isaiah, at the age of 12, was diagnosed with T1D.  The Bricker family remains grateful for the help and support of JDRF.  As a result, Isaiah has served as a Youth Ambassador for the Ride for Diabetes Research. Each year since diagnosis, Carolyn, Shan, Isaiah and Elise have been involved as a family fundraising for JDRF.  With Carolyn’s perceptive & compassionate ability to encourage and support others, she is pleased to have recently accepted the post of Outreach Chair.

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