Nanaimo and North Island

Jessica Koch
Manager, Fundraising & Development
PO Box 47063 Langford
Victoria, BC V9B 5T2
Tel: 250.370.7790

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2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF



On behalf of JDRF and the more than 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), thank you for participating in our 2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. This year, over 40,000 Canadians Walked together in a powerful movement to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a result of your generosity, this year’s Walk was a huge success and we are on track to reach our goal of raising $5.4 million!

Thank you for rallying 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: Walk Pages will remain open until the end of the year - so you can continue to collect pledges and submit them up until December 31, 2018!

Interested in next year’s Walk? Fill out this form and be among the first to find out about the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF!

For more information about event details and sponsorship, please contact Jessica Koch at

Community Engagement


You're Not Alone. JDRF's Family Network of Volunteers Can Help.

Through the Family Network, families touched by diabetes can be connected with a trained mentor – a parent with a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF’s Family Network Volunteers can provide much needed emotional support, information about diabetes resources, educate families about what they can do to help find a cure and, most of all, be a good listener.

JDRF’s Family Network is free of charge and we are here to help as long as you need it. Please note: our Family Network Volunteers can only share personal experiences with you. Our volunteers are not healthcare professionals and are unable to provide medical advice for which you should consult your doctor or other healthcare professionals.

For more information or one-on-one support, please contact Jessica Koch at or 250.370.7790.

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Family Mentor Program

The Family Mentor Program connects those of us who've played general practitioner/pediatrician/endocrinologist pinball for at least a year, with a family going through the sleepless first weeks following a T1D diagnosis.

There is a noticeable increase in numbers of newly diagnosed families all over Vancouver Island. If you're interested in becoming a mentor, or if you know a family who might be interested in talking to one, please contact the JDRF office.

You can also join the online discussion group – "Van Isle Families with Type 1 Diabetes" on Google Groups – a good place to share ideas and frustrations.

If you are interested in the mentor program, please contact Jessica Koch at or 250.370.7790. 

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Did You Know

  • "No Child Without" is a new program to provide free Medic Alert bracelets to all children who require them. Application forms can be found at your child’s school.
  • There is now a "Registered Disability Savings Plan" available through your local bank.
  • You are entitled to new tax credits, such as a T2201, which provides an additional $500 for the child activity credit, as well as a disability tax credit.
  • The B.C. Government will now cover a large portion of the cost of the insulin pump for children, as well as supplies for children and adults.
  • If the cardboard case that carries your child’s emergency sugar/needle is just not working for you, you can call the manufacturer and they will send a bright red custom made protective case. This case also comes with simple, easy-to-read instructions.

For more information on these topics and more, register to be a part of Vancouver Island’s discussion group. Ask questions and discuss topics with other local families affected by T1D. For access, please contact Jessica Koch at or 250.370.7790.

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Community Events

A community fundraiser is a fundraising event for JDRF organized independently by an outside (third) party. If you wish to host a community fundraiser in support of JDRF, or are interested in more information, please contact Jessica Koch at or 250.370.7790.



Make it a destination Ride! Choose from six locations across the USA! 

For more information, click here or contact Sharon David at

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Lets turn type one into type none