Central Alberta

Contact Us:

P.O. Box 4258
Olds, AB T4H 1P8
Tel: 780-887-3722 | Fax: 780-428-0348

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Upcoming Local Events

  • March 30 - Office Closed

Wildcats Spin-A-Thon


On February 22, 2018 - A community rallied together to remember a family that was tragically taken too soon. Because of the kind actions of this tight-knit community, their Wildcats Spin-A-Thon was able to raise a total of $10,978.10 towards type 1 diabetes research in honour of the Carson family. 
The Carson Family of Hughenden, AB, lost their first daughter, Savanah Leigh-Ann, in April of 2016. Then on Monday, February 27, 2017, the rest of the family was taken in an instant. Tim Carson, his wife Michelle, their 12-year-old daughter Niki and their 9 year old son son Shawn all died at the scene of a head-on collision near the town of Hardisty in east-central Alberta. 
Those closest to the Carsons say they want the family to be remembered as kind people who helped others. JDRF would like to thank the community for allowing us to be part of their healing journey; we are so fortunate and extremely blessed to be part of such a caring and compassionate community that embodies the values and beliefs that the Carson Family exuded in their daily lives. 

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JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Get your sneakers ready! We invite you to be part of something bigger than just a Walk. Join us as over 40,000 Canadians unite in a powerful movement to create a world without T1D. Together, we will continue to fund the brightest minds in T1D research and help turn type 1 into type none.  

Save the date for your community walk:

June 10 - Red Deer - G.H. Dawe School

For more information please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

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2018 Revolution Ride

A great way to build team spirit and have fun for a good cause, the JDRF Revolution Ride is a unique fast paced stationary cycling event. Teams of 5 register, raise pledges and take turns on a stationary bike for 7 minutes per rider. The festive and inspiring atmosphere features fantastic music, friendly competition and fabulous prizes. 

Join us October 3, 2018 - fun costumes optional.

Visit Revolution Ride to Register

Community Engagement & Newly Diagnosed

Support for Newly Diagnosed

A new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D) can trigger a range of reactions, including anger, sadness and guilt. Whatever your feelings, they are normal and you are not alone. 

Life with T1D can pose challenges for every member of the family. Whether you have T1D yourself, are the parent or have a loved one with T1D, it takes time to adapt to the day-to-day demands of diabetes. Treatment options are improving all the time, and T1D does not need to prevent you or your child or loved one from living a full and active life. As time goes by, everyone will gain knowledge and confidence, and be able to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and move away from the intense feelings common immediately after diagnosis. 

Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens T1D can impose, and take advantage of the help that is presently available. For more information, please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

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Bag of Hope

JDRF’s Bag of Hope program is a free resource which provides information and support to families with children who are newly diagnosed with T1D. The Bag of Hope is filled with relevant diabetes education materials and supportive materials. If your child is 12 years or younger, you will also receive a Rufus Bear. This bear with diabetes is designed to help little ones cope and learn about insulin injections.

In addition to the Bag of Hope, you will automatically receive JDRF's newsletter to keep you abreast of JDRF’s efforts to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. You can request your Bag of Hope by clicking here. 

For more information please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

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Coffee Support Group

Join us at Starbucks in the Bower Place Mall Food Court to connect over coffee with other T1D parents or caregivers at our coffee meet up - the third Saturday of every month at 2:00 pm from September to June. Look out for the JDRF Sneaker on the table and we hope to see you there! 

Please contact Amy Smart or the events section of our Facebook page for more information. 

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Apply for A Mentor

Through our mentorship program, families and individuals touched by diabetes, can be paired with a trained mentor - someone who has experienced the challenges of being newly diagnosed. Family Mentors can provide information about diabetes resources and educate families about how they can help find a cure. Our mentorship program is free of charge and membership never expires! 

Please note: our team can only share their personal experiences with you. We are not healthcare professionals and are unable to provide medical advice. The information provided by our team is not intended to take the place of medical advice, for which you should consult your doctor or other healthcare professionals.

For more information please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

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We are always looking for good people to help with a variety of fundraising events. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.


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Ways You Can Donate

ADESA Auctions

When you donate your RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to JDRF, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age, and location. After your vehicle donation is complete, JDRF will send you a charitable tax receipt. For more information, please contact Amy Smart or 780-877-3722.

Memorials and Tributes Program

Honour someone you love or remember someone you miss by supporting the vital research needed to find a cure for T1D and its complications. Cards will be sent to next of kin or honoree with your personalized message. 

For more information, please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

Insulin for Life Canada

Do you have extra or unneeded insulin, test strips, or syringes? Consider donating them to Insulin for Life - a not for profit organization that distributes diabetes supplies to developing countries in need. Contact Amy Smart at 780-887-3722 to arrange a drop off for your unopened and unexpired supplies. 

For more information visit Insulin for Life or contact our office at 780-887-3722.

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Third-Party Events

Plan or Join a Community Event, Personal Campaign or Challenge Event

Are you ready to organize your own fundraising event for JDRF or simply have a creative fundraising idea in mind? We'd love to hear from you. 

JDRF is grateful for the support of many individuals, schools, and workplaces who organize their own independent fundraisers. 

For information on how to get started on all types of third party JDRF fundraisers, everything from bake sales to golf tournaments, please contact Amy Smart or 780-887-3722.

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JDRF Central Alberta Staff

Amy Smart – Senior Peer to Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Coordinator - asmart@jdrf.ca

Cheryl Vickers Edmonton - Event Experience & Fundraising Manager – cvickers@jdrf.ca

Karen Zabinski – Edmonton - Peer to Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager – kzabinski@jdrf.ca

Cindy Walker - Edmonton - Senior Peer to Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Coordinator - cwalker@jdrf.ca

Tami Anderson – Edmonton - Event Logistics Coordinator, Alberta & NWT – tanderson@jdrf.ca

Jennifer Nunley – Edmonton - Administrative Assistant – jnunley@jdrf.ca

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Lets turn type one into type none