Edmonton (incl. NT)

Contact Us:

17312 – 107 Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1E9
Tel: 780-428-0343 | Toll-free: 1-855-428-0343 | Fax: 780-428-0348

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 Upcoming Local Events​​

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 2019 Denim & Diamonds Gala

JDRF Denim & Diamonds Gala

For more information please contact Cheryl Vickers or 780-428-0343

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2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF


The 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF brings together over 35,000 Canadians from coast to coast to raise $4 million to accelerate the pace of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  We want you to be a part of this movement!

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.

Reminder: Your Fundraising Page will remain open until the end of the year - so you can continue to collect pledges and submit them up until December 31, 2019!

Interested in participating in this year's Walk? Click here to register today!

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

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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 edmonton@jdrf.ca 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 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 us at edmonton@jdrf.ca 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:

  • May 18, 2019
  • July 20, 2019
  • September 21, 2019
  • November 16, 2019

    Please contact edmonton@jdrf.ca or the events section of our Facebook page for more information. 

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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, May 11, 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 edmonton@jdrf.ca or on our facebook page. 

**Please note that our Stay and Play group may be discontinued due to lack of participation. Please contact our office at edmonton@jdrf.ca if you are interested in helping continue this group.

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Kids n Us Conference 

For more information contact info@kidsnus.ca or visit  Kidsnus.ca . 

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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.

  • Bingo - June 11,2019
  • Walk - June 9, 2019
  • Ride - September 20, 2019
  • Office Assistance - Ongoing
  • Gala - November 2, 2019

For more information please contact edmonton@jdrf.ca 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 edmonton@jdrf.ca 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 edmonton@jdrf.ca 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 – cvickers@jdrf.ca

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

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

Renea Marsden - Administrative Assistant, Alberta & NWT - rmarsden@jdrf.ca

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Lets turn type one into type none