Edmonton (incl. NWT)

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

  • March 30 - Office Closed
  • April 28 - Kids & Us Conference
  • May 5 - Bingo
  • May 19 - Parent Coffee Support Group

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Kids 'n' Us Conference

Kids 'n' Us is an informal full day conference intended to provide practical information and support for children, teenagers, parents, and caregivers living and working with type 1 diabetes. This conference is where everyone understands your lifestyle and concerns. It is an opportunity to update your knowledge about T1 diabetes, learn new coping techniques, and network with other families living with the condition.
Join us at the Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre on April 28, 2018
Purchase Tickets Here

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JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

WOW! Registration for this year's #JDRFWalk to Cure Diabetes is off to a record-breaking start in cities all across Canada. We are excited by your enthusiasm and inspired by your demonstration of commitment to the 25th Anniversary of our walk. 

Find inspiration, courage and strength from everyone who will walk proudly alongside you, raising money for a cause that is close to your heart - and theirs. 

Part of something big, you will be joining over 40,000 Canadians from coast to coast to raise $5.4 million for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. With your help, we can get closer to creating a world without T1D. 

REGISTER TODAY and let's keep the momentum going strong! 

Save the date for your community walk:

Can’t make it to one of these great events? Walk your way…when and where you want, join the Virtual Walk with Max Domi

For more information contact Cindy Walker or 780-428-0343

Annual Corporate Breakfast

Many thanks to the close to 100 people from leading Edmonton companies and families living with type 1 diabetes who joined JDRF’s youth ambassador Alita for our Annual Corporate Community Breakfast at Chateau Nova February 22.

Alita, age 11, diagnosed with T1D in 2016, gave a compelling presentation at what her first 2 years have been like. From finger pokes and needles, to diabetes camp; from the trials and challenges of highs and lows in dance and school. The audience felt Alita’s disappointment upon hearing she missed out on sweet treats on Valentine’s Day but were happy to hear how much better  she is finding day-to-day  activities with her brand new insulin pump.

JDRF Walk of Cure Diabetes Cabinet Member John Haliburton of Sun Life Financial spoke about how his company’s long time support of the walk began as a chore but became a cause close to the heart for him and many on the Sun Life team. John provided the group with an overview of the annual events held by JDRF – walk, ride and gala and encouraged everyone to find the best fit for their business and to get involved.

JDRF Edmonton’s Chapter President, Howard McCann of Cushman & Wakefield highlighted major advancements in understanding and treating type 1 diabetes made possible by JDRF funding, including two current leading edge research studies at the University of Alberta.

Nayima Nadeem, Training Director of breakfast sponsor Academy of Learning spoke about their companies commitment, led by owners Audrey and Elmer Brattberg to the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, raising more than $43,000 to date from their campuses across Alberta. Nayima brought many to tears as she spoke so heartfully about the inspiration her team has found from our youth ambassadors and families since partnering with JDRF.

For information about the many ways your organization can sponsor or partner with JDRF, please contact Cindy Walker or 780-428-0343.

Interested in Volunteering? 

We are in need of volunteers on Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10 for a variety of positions such as: Setup, Registration, JDRF table, Waivers, Parking Attendants, Food Services, Kids Zone, and Take Down.  For more information please contact edmonton@jdrf.ca or 780-428-0343.

Cabinet Members Required

We are looking to recruit cabinet members for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. For more information please contact Cindy Walker or 780-428-0343.

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2018 Revolution Ride

Save the Date: September 21, 2018

A great way to build team spirit and have fun for a good cause, the JDRF evolution 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. 

Visit Revolution Ride to Register

Cabinet Members Required

We are looking to recruit cabinet members for the JDRF Revolution Ride. For more information please contact Cindy Walker or 780-428-0343.


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2018 Denim & Diamonds Gala

Save the Date: November 3, 2018

On November 3, 2018, JDRF will host its 27th annual Denim & Diamonds Gala in support of diabetes research at the Delta Edmonton South Conference Centre. The Gala is an entertaining event that raises money to fund research for treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. 

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

Interested in Volunteering? 

The Denim & Diamonds Committee is looking for individuals that are able to assist in the sale of tickets and tables, securing sponsorship, and obtaining silent auction items.

If you would like to be involved please contact Cheryl Vickers 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 Southpoint (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! Can't make it to this one? The next meet up will be:

  • May 19, 2018
  • July 21, 2018
  • September 15, 2018
  • November 17, 2018

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

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Parent & Tots Program

Are you interested in attending a playgroup for young children with T1D? We are looking for 1-2 leaders to welcome new families as well as returning participants.  The event will be held on a bi-monthly basis on alternating months to the Parent Coffee Group. JDRF welcomes location suggestions while we review prospective facilities suitable for children and caregivers. To insure continuation of the program JDRF will require simple feedback from those in attendance. 

If you are interested, please contact us at edmonton@jdrf.ca or 780-428-0343. 

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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.

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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.


Are you interested in meeting new people, raising funds for research, and representing JDRF? Then come out and volunteer for a morning or afternoon (or both!) shift at the Fort Road Bingo Association. 

There is no experience necessary as bingo staff will provide all training, and be available throughout the shift to assist you - meals are included at no cost. The next bingo will be held:

  • May 5, 2018
  • June 23, 2018
  • July 6, 2018
  • August 28, 2018

For more information please contact Jennifer Nunley or 780-428-0343.

Office Assistance

​Interested in volunteering but not sure where to start? Volunteer at the JDRF office! We are always in need of assistance and have a range of tasks for all skill levels - especially during event season. No experience necessary. 

For more information please contact Jennifer Nunley 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 Jennifer Nunley or 780-428-0343.

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. 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

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

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

Jennifer Nunley – Administrative Assistant – jnunley@jdrf.ca

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

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Lets turn type one into type none