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Upcoming Local Events​​

World Premiere of Short Film "Standstill" - Official Selection at Calgary International Film Festival

Selection for the 20th Calgary International Film Festival marks the short film's launch on the festival circuit

By: Flyer Films



Official Selection 20th Calgary International Film Festival - Standstill (2019)

MONTREAL - Aug. 21, 2019 - PRLog -- Flyer Films is proud to announce that Standstill, written and directed by Katia Shannon, will have its world premiere at the 20thCalgary International Film Festival. The 12-minute short film stars Victoria Diamond (Bellevue, Game of Death) and Mark A. Krupa (The Wild Hunt, Rhymes for Young Ghouls).

Anchored in Katia Shannon's own life experience as a type 1 diabetic, Standstill delves into the harrowing isolation that comes with being misunderstood. Expressing her greatest fear, the film proposes an impressionistic and visceral portrait of the fine thread that people living with diabetes navigate on a daily basis to stay alive.

''I wanted to challenge myself in conveying these intimate and intense sensations visually.'' said Shannon. ''I made the choice to never explicitly mention diabetes in the film, because when something happens in the real world, you never have the luxury of providing context. I wanted to rely on performance and Victoria (Diamond) was incredible. She has such range and truly carries you into this film.''

The film will premiere on Sept. 21st 2019 at 2:45pm MST and screen again on Sept. 24that 6:30pm MST at the Calgary International Film Festival in the Shorts Package: Thunder Road. Tickets are on sale here:

Katia wrote her first script at the age of 9 and has been living with T1D since the age of 16. Currently working in cinema in documentary and fiction, Katia is also featured in the documentary Sweet 16 about teens living with T1D around the world, which has been shown in several film festivals worldwide and been translated in 7 languages. Her latest film, Standstill, is anchored in Katia Shannon’s own life experience as a type 1 diabetic. It delves into the harrowing isolation that comes with being misunderstood. Expressing her greatest fear, the film proposes an impressionistic and visceral portrait of the fine thread that people living with diabetes navigate on a daily basis to stay alive.

View the Standstill trailer here. For more information on the film, check here.

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It's that time of year when we start booking our Kids Walks to Cure Diabetes, an educational pledge-based fundraising event designed for elementary school students.  Do you have a child  who might like to help host a school walk to raise funds and awareness for type 1?

The Benefits

·      Educate students about type 1 diabetes.

·      Demonstrate commitment to education, health and community initiatives.

·      Help find a cure for a child or adult in your school who has diabetes.

·      Gets Students physically active - Students participate in a Walk.

·      Increase school community spirit.

·      It’s Fun!

Contact Pam [email protected] or call 403-255-7100 to get started today!

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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 raise critical funds for type 1 diabetes research and pedal for a cure. 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 October 16, 2019? Click here to register today!

For more information please contact [email protected]


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Community Engagement


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 loved one of an individual 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, your child, or loved one from living a full and active life. As time goes by, everyone will gain knowledge, confidence, and be able to celebrate successes, learn from mistakes, and move away from the intense feelings that are common after diagnosis. 

Until there is a cure, we want to provide information that will help you cope with the burdens that T1D can impose, and take advantage of the help that is presently available. For more information please contact us at [email protected]

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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 [email protected] or 403-255-7100

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TrialNet is an international consortium dedicated to advancing the science of prevention and early treatment to preserve residual insulin secretion in type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Natural History Studies are being conducted to learn more about what causes T1D and to find out what might predict the development of the disease. These studies provide close monitoring to individuals "at risk" for developing T1D. Individuals at greater risk may be offered an opportunity to participate in a prevention study.

Screening involves a simple blood test to look for diabetes-related autoantibodies that may appear years before T1D develops. Relatives of individuals with T1D have an approximate 3% - 4% chance of having autoantibodies in their blood associated with T1D. We encourage you to participate in the study if you are able. 

For eligibility and more information, please visit:

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Mentorship Program

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 what they can do to 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 health care 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 health care professionals.

For more information, please contact Katie Von Hansen or 403-255-7100.

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We are always looking for good people to help with a variety of fundraising events and office assistance! If you are interested in volunteering with JDRF please contact our office at [email protected] or 403-255-7100.

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Ways You Can Donate

Donate A Car Canada

Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for the JDRF Canada. We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate you RV, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle to JDRF through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled, or sold at auction depending on its condition, age, and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for your charity to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, JDRF will send you a tax receipt within 45 days. 

For more information please contact [email protected] or 403-255-7100.

Memorials & 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 [email protected] or 403-255-7100.

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 Calgary is an official drop off location for your unneeded 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 403-255-7100.

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Third Party Events

Are you ready to organize your own fundraising event for JDRF or simply have a creative 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 more information on how to get started on all types of third party JDRF fundraisers, everything from bake sales to golf tournaments, please contact Pam Aldred

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JDRF Staff

Dennis Tao - Interm Regional Manager, Alberta & NWT - d[email protected]

Pam Aldred - Senior Fundraising Coordinator - [email protected]

Katie Von Hansen - Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager - [email protected]

Tamrin Heardt - Manager Major Gifts - [email protected]

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Lets turn type one into type none