Vancouver Island, Northern BC & Yukon

JDRF Canada 

Vancouver Island, Northern BC, & Yukon Chapter 

PO Box 50041 Fairfield Plaza 

Victoria, BC 

V8S 5L8 


[email protected] 


Sarah Kalcsics

Manager, Fundraising & Community Engagement

[email protected]  |  250-920-9552


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JDRF Rockin' for Research Gala
presented by Sandman

Thank you for supporting the JDRF Rockin' For Research Gala presented by Sandman Hotel Group.  We raised $720,000 to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Keep an eye on this space or visit for information on our next event!

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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF

Thank you for supporting the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, a high-energy stationary cycling event that took place in cities across Canada. This event challenges Canadians to pedal for a cure and go further to defeat diabetes. 

Stay tuned for more information about 2021 Ride events happening near you!

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Kalcsics at [email protected] or 250.920.9552.


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Meet a Machine (Nanaimo)

Our inaugural Meet a Machine fundraising event in 2019 was a great success! Machines of all shapes and sizes, such as fire engines, helicopters, farm tractors, excavators, and forestry and mining machines, were on display for children of all ages to discover and explore!

Keep your eyes open for more details to come about this fun, family event all in support of JDRF!  For more information, please email [email protected].

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Fundraise Your Way



Looking to plan your own event to fundraise for JDRF? Hosting a community event is a great way to show support, increase type 1 diabetes (T1D) awareness, and raise funds for research, all while having a fun time!


Fundraise Your Way (FYW) are events organized independently by an outside party and supported by JDRF. Some examples of FYW fundraisers include cycling events, birthday parties, lemonade stands, concerts, crazy hair days at school, and having a jeans day at the office. 


If you wish to host a community event, please contact [email protected].


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Community Engagement




JDRF understands how isolating it can feel to live with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Many of our staff live with T1D or are parents of children living with T1D so we can relate to the challenges. JDRF understands how important it is to be a connector, to provide educational resources, and to advocate for all those living with T1D. Recognizing that diagnosis can take place at any age, and that T1D will continue to impact your life long after diagnosis, we offer a variety of services and opportunities to engage across a lifetime.



Blog: Information on research, events, activities and news from the T1D community across Canada.  Subscribe to the T1D Insider newsletter.

Bag of Hope: Free bag filled with useful resources for families with newly diagnosed children, and Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes®.

Talk T1D: information on upcoming educational events and community hang outs to help you and your loved ones live well with type 1 diabetes. 

Talk T1D Peer Support:  one-on-one support for people impacted by T1D from trained volunteers who have been there.  Our volunteers understand the challenges of living with T1D and are there to provide emotional support and connect you with resources across Canada.

Toddler-School Age Resources:  articles and downloads to help you with your young T1D child.

Adult Resources: articles and resources for anyone dealing with T1D. 

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

For more information about the programs above, please email [email protected].


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JDRF needs you!

We rely on the support and skills of our amazing volunteers to make our Walk, Ride, Gala and Third Party events successful.

The generously donated time and energy of our volunteers is instrumental for us in providing amazing experiences for our participants and consequently keep pushing to raise more funds for research.

If you would like to make a difference to people with diabetes and their families, get involved in your community, and share your skills and passion - please join our wonderful team of volunteers!

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Event logistics experience in a non-profit organisation
  • Involvement in major fundraising events
  • Networking with other community volunteers
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks
  • Be part of a fun team and meet new people
  • Reference letter upon request

To register to be a JDRF volunteer, please Sign Up Here! 

To learn more about our Volunteer Program, please email [email protected].

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Memorials & Tributes


Honour someone you love or remember someone you miss by supporting the vital research needed to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.


The Memorials and Tributes Program offers friends of JDRF a thoughtful, caring way to remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion while supporting critical type 1 diabetes research.


There are so many ways to give:


  • Show a friend or family member who has lost a loved one how much you care
  • Celebrate a birthday or other milestone
  • Make a holiday really special
  • Honour an achievement
  • Send “get well” wishes
  • Recognize a wedding anniversary


You can also use this program to raise money by asking others to give to JDRF in lieu of gifts for birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, or any other celebration in your life. Some families have raised thousands of dollars this way – and it all supports important type 1 diabetes research.


If you would like to make an In Memory or In Honour donation online, please visit Or, to donate off-line, please call 250.920.9552 to make a credit card gift or mail your donation to:


JDRF Canada

Vancouver Island, Northern BC, & Yukon Chapter

PO Box 50041 Fairfield Plaza

Victoria, BC

V8S 5L8


Please clearly indicate the name of the person in whose honour or memory you are making the gift, as well as who should receive a card notifying them of your gift (eg. surviving family members, honouree, etc).


Once your donation is processed, JDRF will send you an acknowledgement and send a card notifying your honouree (or next of kin) that you have made a memorial or tribute gift. Please note, we do not disclose the amount of the gift, and gifts are processed and acknowledged within ten (10) business days of receipt.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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