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JDRF, Interior BC Contact Info

JDRF Kamloops Office

PO Box 24032 Northhills Mall PO

Kamloops, BC  V2B 8R3


Natalie Backerman

Sr. Fundraising Coordinator

604.292.2786 | [email protected]

JDRF Kelowna Office

PO Box 22037, Capri Centre

Kelowna, BC   V1Y 9N9


Shannon Jolley

Fundraising and Development Manager

250.765.7711 | [email protected]

JDRF Diabetes Research Presentation featuring Dr. Sarah Linklater

November 6 - Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre

The pace of research over the past 40 years has been extrarodinary, and JDRF remains committed to staying at the forefront of T1D research innovation.

We invite you for an update on our most exciting research projects and our vision for the future of JDRF Canada as part of a larger, global organization from Dr. Sarah Linklater, JDRF Canada's newly appointed Chief Scientific Officer.

Sarah has over a decade of extensive experience as a professional scientific editor, with a focus on clinical diabetes and endocrinology, basic immunology and other areas of the life sciences. In her role as JDRF Canada's CSO, Sarah will lead the progress of our research partnerships and support our efforts to effectively engage the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community.

Join us in Kamloops for this free event to network with other T1Ds, see the latest in T1D management technology and learn more about how JDRF is driving the pace of science leading to better treatments and eventually a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Doors will open at 6:30 for registration and networking reception featuring the most popular T1D technology provider, Abbott, Dexcom, Medtronic, Omnipod, Tandem, and Ypsomed. Presentations will start at 7:30, and we plan to allow 15 minutes for questions at the end. 

Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments will be provided. This event is free. Pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. 


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Diabetes Technology Information Night

November 7 - Shatford Centre, Penticton

JDRF's next South Okanagan device night, featuring Abbott, Dexcom, Medtronic, Omnipod, Tandem, and Ypsomed is happening on Thursday, November 7th!

Please join us for a trade-show style exhibit of the most current technology for managing diabetes! This is a great opportunity for you to see and touch the different products available for managing diabetes, and ask questions directly to the product reps.

Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available. Registration via Eventbrite is required for the free event.

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Diabetes Distress: Okanagan

                  November 9 - Kelowna Downtown Library

As a community, people living with Type 1 Diabetes face disproportionate rates of mental health concerns due to the relentless burden of managing this often stigmatized condition.

In recognition, JDRF BC & Yukon is pleased to announce our signature free community event, taking place in Kelowna as part of National Diabetes Awareness Month this November.

Diabetes Distress: A Community Conversation.

Our community event features a key note speech from Dr. Tricia Tang, a psychologist and UBC researcher who specializes in Diabetes Distress, a unique mental health concern facing our community. Joined by local experts Dr. Tang will lead a conversation about the issue, sharing strategies that help, and ways you can access support.

Join us in Kelowna for this free event to network with other T1Ds and learn more about addressing this often overlooked complication of living with Type 1 Diabetes.

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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

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

Adult Toolkit: A downloadable pdf of information for newly diagnosed adults

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

T1D Aware: A presentation on T1D delivered by trained volunteers to your school, sports team etc

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 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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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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2020 Meet a Machine

April 2020, more details to follow


The premiere, family-affordable event in the Kamloops area with over 85 unique machines to see, including emergency response construction, forestry and mining, motorcycles, antiques and more, plus lots of booths and activities for kids of all ages. Our 2019 event is going to be bigger and better than ever!  

Interested in attending? Sponsorship? Volunteering? Please contact Shannon Jolley at [email protected] or 250.765.7711!


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2020 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF

Kelowna & Kamloops Locations

On behalf of JDRF and the more than 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), thank you for participating in our 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. We hope you'll join us in 2020 to turn Type One into Type None. Please keep an eye on this page for further details.


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!  Keep an eye on this page for more details!

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

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Lets turn type one into type none