684 Belmont Ave. W., Unit 103
Kitchener ON N2M 1N6
Table of Contents
- TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
- Events Calendar
- Sex and the City Ladies Night Out!
- R.A.D: Ride Against Diabetes
- Community Engagement
- Ride for Diabetes Research
The 2015 Walk to Cure Diabetes is on its way! It's time to start thinking about how we are going to raise the most money we have ever raised to continue our fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D)!
Let's work together to strengthen our community and show the world that T1D can be beat!
2015 TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes dates:
Cambridge: May 31, 2015
Guelph: June 7, 2015
Waterloo: June 14, 2015
Owen Sound: June 20, 2015
Look for updates in our upcoming e-bulletins!
If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, contact us!
Upcoming Local Events
Finding Balance Workshop: This event is about the emotional and psychological effects that type 1 diabetes has on those living with the disease. This event will take place at St. Mary's High School, on March 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m and includes breakout sessions and guest speakers.
A Night to Cure Forever: March 28 from 5:30 p.m until 1:00 a.m. at the Portuguese Club of Cambridge. There will be dinner and dancing, a silent auction, raffle prizes and a 50/50 draw! The cost is $35.00 for adults, and $20.00 for children (4-12 years.) Please contact Kelly Camara for more information and tickets.
Boston Pizza Community Night: April 8 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Come and enjoy delicious food and a magic show at Boston Pizza 597 King St AND 651 Erb St W. in Waterloo!
Sneaker Ball: Join us as we kick off the 2015 Walk season! On April 19 at Chicopee Tube Park come and enjoy delicious food, great company and a silent auction as we get ramped up for the biggest family event of the year!
Family Event: All of our Grey Bruce families, this one is for you! An exciting, family friendly event is being planned for your area! If you have any suggestions on how to celebrate your hard work and dedication to JDRF, let us know!
Sex and the City Ladies Night Out: May 2 at the Crowne Plaza Kitchener come and see the fashion show, check out the vendors, enjoy delicious food and participate in the live and silent auction!
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!
We are proud to announce that JDRF is the charitable partner for Exhale Entertainment's Second Annual
Join us for a fun and exciting night out featuring a fashion show, vendor tables, delicious food, drinks, and a live and silent auction!
All proceeds from the auction goes directly towards our life changing research! If you or someone you know are interested in donating an item to the auction, please let us know!
May 2, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. | Crowne Plaza Kitchener
Exhale Entertainment is excited to celebrate our largest festival ever...
In support of JDRF & Community Connections Meals On Wheels and More, CrazeFest will see an anticipated 10,000 people celebrating all that is fun and crazy in Uptown Waterloo this summer.
AN AMAZING 2 DAYS AND 1 NIGHT! AUGUST 8 & 9 2015
A wide array of events all at uptown Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina Street. Join us for a fantastic weekend!
Events include: 5 KM Fun Run, Food Truck Wars, Kids Fest, Soap Box Derby, Sports Bike and Car Show, Vendors and more!
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!
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!
If you have a young one in school, be sure to review the JDRF School ToolKit
Research Information Volunteer (RIV)
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
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!
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.
Be sure to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with all of the amazing things JDRF is doing!
Congratulations to our Corporate Challenge Cup Champions, Sun Life FC 46 for their amazing efforts toward the 2014 ride!
Thank you to all those who participated in the 2014 Ride for Diabetes Research. We couldn't have had such a great event without you! We look forward to seeing you when we get ready to ride again in 2015!