Garth Lancaster is our November Volunteer of the Month
Garth with sons Eric and Tyler.
Garth Lancaster, from Winnipeg, MB, is our November Volunteer of the Month. Two of Garth’s three sons have type 1 diabetes (T1D). His son, Michael, was diagnosed 13 years ago at age 15 and his other son, Tyler, was diagnosed 11 years ago, at age 18. Garth’s interests include volunteering at JDRF, minor hockey and other local community sports. Garth also enjoys building in his spare time, and spending time with his family.
Q. How did you become involved with JDRF?
A. I have run a charity hockey tournament in Manitoba for the past 16 years in support of another charity, but when my son Michael was diagnosed with T1D I wanted to do something to help. That’s when I decided to support JDRF and the mission to find a cure for T1D. Since then, JDRF has been the charity of choice for our annual hockey tournament.
Q. How long have you been involved with JDRF and what kinds of programs or activities are you involved in?
A. I became involved with my local Chapter 12 years ago. Soon afterwards I was elected to the Chapter Board, and then elected to be the Chapter President. Three years ago I was nominated and selected to be on the National JDRF Board of Directors. I have Chaired the local JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research for the past ten years and have helped out with a number of Gala events.
Q. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with JDRF?
A. The thing I enjoy most about volunteering with JDRF is the satisfaction I get from raising much needed funds towards research to find a cure for T1D. Every dollar raised helps and makes a difference in the lives of people living with T1D.
Congratulations Garth and thank you for being an exceptional volunteer for JDRF! To learn more about how you can become a volunteer with JDRF, please visit jdrf.ca/volunteer.