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

Find us on Social Media:

Facebook: @JDRFVancouverIsland

Twitter: @JDRF_BC

Instagram: @jdrf_vi

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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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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF

The Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada. This event will challenge Canadians to pedal for a cure and go further to defeat diabetes. You can participate as an individual or part of a team and put your physical fitness to the test to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Stay tuned for more information about 2020 Ride events happening near you!

For more information about sponsorship opportunities at this year’s Ride, 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.


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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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 contact Natalie Backerman at [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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Lets turn type one into type none