Vancouver Island, Northern BC & Yukon

JDRF staff based in Victoria, BC

Sarah Kalcsics | T1D since 1990 

Manager, Fundraising & Community Engagement 



JDRF Canada 

Vancouver Island, Northern BC, & Yukon Chapter 

PO Box 50041 Fairfield Plaza 

Victoria, BC 

V8S 5L8 


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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF




The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, is a high energy stationary cycling event raising funds to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).


This year, more than 12,000 participants representing corporate, community and family teams across Canada will challenge themselves by raising awareness and funds to advance T1D research.


Choose your Victoria vRide and register today!


 RBC Uptown Micro vRide 

Friday, September 6th, 2019 

Uptown Mall - 3440 Saanich Road

11am - 3pm


Spinco Westshore vRide 

Tuesday, Octover 22nd, 2019 

Spinco Westshore - 750 Goldstream Avenue

1pm - 3pm


Spinco Downtown vRide

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Spinco Downtown - 524 Pandora Avenue

1pm - 3pm


Please note that all Victoria based events are classified as vRides.


To learn more about the Ride or how to get started, visit or contact

[email protected].

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Promise Ball presented by RBC


15th Annual Gala - Under the Big Top 

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 

Fairmont Empress Hotel 

6pm until late 



Be a part of the 15th Annual Promise Ball presented by RBC! Be entertained by performances by The Rising, Frequency Productions, Stages, and our very own JDRF families. Be tempted by all the silent and live auction prizes up for grabs or be one of the lucky few who takes home a coveted raffle prize. Be thankful for the many volunteers who help bring the Promise Ball gala to life. Be inspired by research updates, personal stories from people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and all the T1D children who deliver the 2019 Oliver Bear to your table after you make a generous Fund a Cure donation. Be prepared to meet a strong community passionate about JDRF’s commitment to improving lives today and tomorrow by raising funds to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications. Be a leader in philanthropy which starts in your community and eventually leads to meaningful global impact. 

To support this event or for more information, please visit or contact us at [email protected]

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Meet a Machine Vancouver Island



We’re excited to present our inaugural Meet a Machine fundraising event! Machines of all shapes and sizes, such as fire engines, helicopters, police vehicles, farm tractors, excavators, motorcycles, forestry and mining machines, will be on display for children of all ages to discover and explore!


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Nanaimo Port Authority

10am - 3pm


Proceeds from JDRF events like this are dedicated to improving lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.


For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

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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 rallying with us at the 2019 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 T1D. As a result of your generosity, this year’s Walk was a huge success and we are on track to reach our fundraising goals! Together, we will continue to fund the brightest minds in T1D research and help turn type one into type none. 

2019 Walks

Greater Victoria Walk was on Sunday, June 9th

Mid-Vancouver Island Walk was on Saturday, June 22nd

Prince George Walk was on Sunday, June 23rd


Reminder: Personal Walk fundraising pages remain open until the end of the year, so you can continue to collect and submit pledges up until December 31!  Keep fundraising for your chance to secure your status as one of our top fundraising teams for 2019 and get special perks at the 2020 Walk! 

Mark your calendars for 2020!

Greater Victoria Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes - TBA 

Mid-Vancouver Island Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes - Saturday, June 20th

Prince George Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes - TBA


For more information about any Walk event, please contact [email protected]. 

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The 5th Annual JDRF “Chipping in for the Cure” Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa, home to two of the most highly awarded golf courses in Canada and host of the 2017 PGA Tour Champions-Pacific Links Championship.  It was a great day of golf between friends with all the popular on-course games and excellent food and beverage stations on multiple holes. It’s always a fun day and we thank our hard working volunteer committee for spending many hours bringing the tournament to life. Thank you to all the golfers who came out and to support the type 1 community. 

Mark your calendars for 2020!

6th Annual Chipping in for the Cure - Friday, June 5th



For more information, please visit or contact [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.

Support & Connect At Diagnosis:

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

When a Child Has Diabetes: A 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

Ambassador Program


The Ambassador Program provides training to children and adults to deliver presentations about T1D to a variety of audiences, from friends and family of newly diagnosed T1Ds to corporate audiences to media to the general public. Presentations cover topics such as myths and stigma, symptoms of T1D, and T1D research updates.


If you’re interested in educating more people in your community about what it’s like to live with T1D, please contact Ash Hunkin at [email protected] for more details.


Family Mentor Program


The Family Mentor Program connects T1D “veteran” families or individuals with newly diagnosed families or individuals. A “veteran” is any family or individual who has lived with T1D for at least two (2) years.


If you think you could help a newly diagnosed family or individual during those first few months of adjustment, please connect with Ash Hunkin at [email protected].


If you or your family have been recently diagnosed and you’re looking for peer support, please contact Ash Hunkin at [email protected].


We know what it’s like. We’ve been through the highs and the lows. Lean on us.


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JDRF is only as strong as its committed volunteers. Join us in improving lives today by lending your passion, skills, and experience to our events; we all share in the success!


The generously donated time and energy of our volunteers is a key ingredient in delivering amazing event experiences which brings us all closer to better preventions, treatments, and cures for type 1 diabetes (T1D).


If you would like to make a difference to people living with T1D, get involved in your community and share in an amazing experience - join the JDRF volunteer team!


Benefits of volunteering with JDRF:


  • Event logistics experience in a non-profit organization
  • Participating behind the scenes in major fundraising events
  • Networking with other community volunteers
  • Being part of a fun team and meet new people
  • Helping shape the direction of the event experience
  • Reference letters available upon request

To learn more about our Volunteer Program or to register your interest in volunteering with us, please contact [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’re interested in this program, 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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Lets turn type one into type none