Vancouver Island, Northern BC & Yukon

JDRF Canada 

Vancouver Island, Northern BC, & Yukon Chapter 

PO Box 50041 Fairfield Plaza 

Victoria, BC 

V8S 5L8 



JDRF staff based in Victoria, BC

Sarah Kalcsics | T1D since 1990 

Manager, Fundraising & Community Engagement 




Senior Coordinator, Fundraising & Community Engagement 


Find us on Social Media:

Facebook: @JDRFVancouverIsland

Twitter: @JDRF_BC

Instagram: @jdrf_vi

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JDRF House ParT1D for a Cure

presented by Omnipod

This June 14th join a one-day, family-friendly virtual and interactive house party that rallies together those affected by type 1 diabetes to unite, get loud and raise funds to accelerate the pace of diabetes research. 

Step 1: Register
Step 2: Choose your own fundraising challenge, whether it’s 100km on a stationary bike or a bead-a-thon – anything is virtually possible.
Step 3: Start fundraising and then live stream your house party on June 14th and show Canada what you’re doing to move towards a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Visit to register today!

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


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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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16th Annual Promise Ball 

The 15th Annual Promise Ball was a delightfully philanthropic evening in support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Guests, volunteers, and sponsors all came together to show their support for a world without T1D.

Stay tuned for more details about this year’s Promise Ball!

For more information about the gala, please visit or 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!

We’re thrilled to be hosting this event for a second year in 2020. 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 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

Click Here to apply to be a volunter, or to learn more about our Volunteer Program, 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 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