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JDRF, Interior BC Contact Info


JDRF Kelowna Office

PO Box 22037, Capri Centre

Kelowna, BC   V1Y 9N9


Shannon Jolley

Fundraising and Development Manager

250.765.7711 | [email protected]

Find us on Social Media: 

Facebook: JDRF Okanagan & Kootenays and JDRF Thompson Cariboo

Twitter: @JDRF_BC

Instagram: @jdrfokanagan and @jdrfkamloops 

JDRF Rockin' for Research Gala
presented by Sandman

Join us for the JDRF Rockin' For Research Gala presented by Sandman Hotel Group.  Improving lives and accelerating research are what drives us at JDRF. Funds raised at this event will accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Demonstrate how much you believe by purchasing a ticket, becoming a sponsor, or donating today!  For more information on the Gala, visit

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2020 Meet a Machine


For the past 5 years, Meet a Machine has provided hours of affordable family fun to Kamloops and surrounding communities.  Given the current public health situation, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 event.

We’re disappointed, but we know this is the right decision.  Your safety, and the safety of everyone in our community is too important. 

Thank you for your past support, and for helping us to contribute much needed funds for type 1 diabetes research.  We are already working on plans to make Meet a Machine 2021 the best yet!

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Swing Fore The Cure

150 golfers, 30 sponsors, 40 volunteers, and a goal of $40,000 for type 1 diabetes research!  Please join us for a fun-filled day that includes 18 holes of golf, a first-class dinner, silent auction, and prizes!  The event has been postponed for 2020, but keep an eye on this page as we look towards 2021!

For more information, please contact Natalie Backerman at [email protected] or 604.292.2786.

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T1D Community Support

JDRF breaks the barrier of isolation by connecting members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community to each other as well as opportunities to improve outcomes for people living with T1D.  Recognizing that diagnosis can take place at any age, and that T1D can impact your life decades after diagnosis, we offer a variety of services and opportunities to engage across the lifetime.

JDRF is grateful to our community partners such as the BC Interior Community Foundation who are supporting JDRF with a grant for our Community Engagement Program.

Support & Connect At Diagnosis:

Bag of Hope: A free bag of resources including Rufus the T1D teddy bear

When a Child Has DiabetesA book covering everything you need to know about T1D when diagnosed

Talk T1D: A peer support program connecting you to trained volunteers living with T1D

Support & Connect In Later Years:

Teen Youth Council: An online support network run by and for teens living with T1D

Talk T1D: Peer support with life-adjustments like pregnancy, retirement, or first jobs

T1D Insider: Regular emails with blogs about research and T1D lifestyle information

T1D Connect: Local free or low cost social and educational events for the T1D community

Advocacy: Join local, provincial and national campaigns to improve life for people living with T1D

For more information about the programs above, please contact Natalie Backerman at [email protected]

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Community Engagement

Thank you to BC Interior Community Foundation who are supporting JDRF with a Smart and Caring Fund grant for our Community Engagement Program. This program brings together and supports the T1D community in the Thompson Cariboo through the Bag of Hope for newly diagnosed families, the Talk T1D mentor program and the Youth Ambassador program, along with community engagement events.

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Host Your Own Fundraiser!

Hosting your own fundraiser is a great way to show support, increase awareness and raise money for T1D research!  Click here for to access the JDRF Community Event portal, and for more information, please contact Natalie Backerman at [email protected] or 604.292.2786.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers!  Interested in helping out at the Walk, being a mentor, joining a committee or helping any any other way, please let us know!  You can sign up as a volunteer here. For more information about volunteering with JDRF, please contact your respective JDRF staff member:



Natalie Backerman

604.292.2786 | [email protected]


Kelowna and Kootenays

Shannon Jolley

250.765.7711 | [email protected]


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Lets turn type one into type none