Edmonton (incl. NT)

Contact Us:

**New address effective September 25th, 2019**
17329 – 105 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1H2
Tel: 780-428-0343 | Toll-free: 1-855-428-0343 | Fax: 780-428-0348
[email protected]

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 Upcoming Local Events​​

 2019 Denim & Diamonds Gala

JDRF Denim & Diamonds Gala

On Saturday November 2, 2019, JDRF will celebrate the 28th anniversary of our Denim & Diamonds Gala at the Delta Edmonton South in Edmonton. Help us celebrate our success in raising funds for diabetes research, by attending, sponsoring  and/or  donating an auction item for our silent and live auctions. 

Click here for the link to purchase your tickets online. 

If you or someone you know, would like to donate an auction item, please fill out this Auction Item Donation form and return it with the item to our offices by October 1, 2019. 

If you know a company who would like to join us by sponsoring our event, please contact Cheryl at [email protected] and she will be happy to help.

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2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF


The 2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada. This event will challenge Canadians to pedal for a cure and go further to defeat diabetes. You can participate as an individual or part of a team and put your physical fitness to the test to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Rally with us to help create a world without T1D. Together, we will continue to fund the brightest minds in T1D research and help turn type one into type none.

Interested in participating in this year's Ride on September 20, 2019? Click here to register today!

For more information please contact Karen Zabinski or 780-428-0343

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West Jet Raffle

Purchase your tickets HERE 

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 us at [email protected] or 780-428-0343.

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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 Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes who 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 Karen at [email protected] or 780-428-0343.

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Coffee Support Group

Join us at Starbucks South point (3227 Calgary Trail - In Chapters) to connect over coffee with other T1D parents or caregivers at our bi-monthly coffee meet up, the third Saturday of every other month at 10:00 am. Please note that we ask that you try not to bring your children so that everyone is free to speak about the highs and lows of living with T1D. Look out for the JDRF Sneaker on the table and we hope to see you there!

The next meet up will be:

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Stay & Play Support Group

Come and join us for our Stay & Play support group! Our next event will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre. This is a space that is meant for T1D children and their families (siblings included!) but space will be limited so please RSVP at [email protected] or on our facebook page. 

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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 Karen Zabinski or 780-428-0343.
Click here for a link to the Mentor request form.

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We are always looking for good people to help with a variety of fundraising events and office assistance! Here are a few opportunities for volunteers to help us in our mission.

  • Gala - November 2th, 2019
  • Bingo - December 14th, 2019
  • Office Assistance - Ongoing

For more information please contact [email protected] or 780-428-0343.

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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 [email protected] or 780-428-0343.

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 e[email protected] or 780-428-0343.

Insulin for Life Canada

Do you have extra or unneeded insulin, test strips, pen tips or syringes? Consider donating them to Insulin for Life - a not for profit organization that distributes diabetes supplies to developing countries in need. JDRF Edmonton is an official drop off location for your unopened and unexpired supplies. Donations can be made at JDRF's office anytime Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. 

For more information visit Insulin for Life or contact our office at 780-428-0343.

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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 Cheryl Vickers.

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JDRF Edmonton Staff

Cheryl Vickers – Event Experience & Fundraising Manager – [email protected]

Karen Zabinski – Community Engagement Specialist – [email protected]

Tami Anderson – Event Logistics Coordinator – [email protected]

Renea Marsden - Peer to Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Coordinator - [email protected]

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Lets turn type one into type none