Welcome to JDRF's new blog!

Hello, and welcome to the first blog from JDRF Canada!

Philip WelfordMy name is Philip Welford and I am Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for JDRF Canada. I joined JDRF in April 2011 and feel that now is the time to start talking about my experiences, as well as what it is that we do.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about three years ago. Nine months ago, that diagnosis was changed to type 1 diabetes (I am hearing more and more stories about this misdiagnosis). Being the obsessive-compulsive person that I am, I am trying to really control my A1C levels and – with great help from my endocrinologist and nurse (thank you, Ashleigh) – I am doing very well. More about my journey with diabetes will creep into posts as I get used to blogging.

This is my first serious attempt at a blog, so please bear with me. I hope that you get as much enjoyment in reading this blog as I am sure I will get in writing it.  Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts as I go. I welcome your feedback, and would like to hear any suggestions on what you would like me to blog about.

I will try and keep it light and not too research-heavy (you can always visit the “Our Research” section or our JDRF CCTN website for more research information). While I might occasionally mention the names of some companies that JDRF partners with, please note that this is not a sponsored blog. Any company or brand mentions is not a JDRF endorsement. Please always consult with your health care professional before using any medications or technologies. To any companies who may feel that I am mentioning their competitors too much, I say: I look forward to your cool innovations, and I’ll be more than happy to talk about them!

With that said, I hope you enjoy this web site and blog, and keep coming back – if for no other reason than to feed my ego.


Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, JDRF Canada
Former political staffer, businessman, entrepreneur, truck driver, and – best of all – farmer.

Be sure to check back often for more posts from Philip and JDRF staff, as well as our supporters, volunteers, and celebrity advocates.

Lets turn type one into type none