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Burnaby, BC V5C 6A7
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- 2020 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF
- 2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF
- 2019 Rockin' for Research Gala
- Community & Third Party Events
- Community Engagement & Newly Diagnosed
- Corporate Partnerships
- Memorials & Tributes Program
- JDRF Staff
Join us for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF and help raise funds for type 1 diabetes research! Be part of the largest collective rally bringing together thousands of people whose lives are touched by type 1 diabetes every day. We welcome everyone to take part—whether you choose to walk on your own or with a family, corporate or school team. As the largest T1D event in Canada, this is more than just a Walk, it's an amazing experience filled with activities, entertainment and the celebration of coming together to change the future of type 1 diabetes forever. Because Walk participants are not defined by their disease, they are #MoreThanT1D.
Fraser Valley - Sunday, June 7 - Aldergrove Kinsman Community Centre
Vancouver - Sunday, June 14 - Lumberman's Arch, Stanley Park
Visit jdrfwalk.ca to register today!
For more information about participating in this year's Walk, please contact Taryn Harrison at [email protected].
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia McLaren at [email protected].
This year’s Vancouver Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF took place on October 4th and has raised over $250,000 and counting! On behalf of JDRF and the 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), we want to say thank you for participating and making this possible!
Did you miss the event this year? Make 2020 the year you ride to defeat type 1! Pre-register now to reserve your bike for 2020 (date TBD in October).
If you have any questions regarding remaining donations, please contact Taryn Harrison at [email protected].
For more information about sponsorship opportunities at next year’s Ride, please contact Tricia McLaren at [email protected].
The 20th Anniversary Rockin’ for Research Gala presented by Sandman Hotel Group was a wonderful and successful evening in support of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. More than 430 guests, 100 volunteers and numerous sponsors and partners came together to “Rise Up” for a world without T1D. With your support an astonishing $965,000 was raised!
For more information on the Gala, visit rockinforresearch.com.
Looking to plan your own event to fundraise for JDRF? Hosting a Fundraise Your Way (third party) 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 and be creative!
Fundraise Your Way events are organized independently by volunteers or community groups and supported by JDRF. Some examples of third-party fundraisers include cycling events, lemonade stands, concerts, crazy hair days at school, or having a jeans day at the office. If you wish to host a Fundraise Your Way event, please contact Natalie Backerman at [email protected]
Learn more about the process for setting up your event with JDRF using the documents below:
JDRF breaks the barrier of isolation by connecting members of the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community to each other as well as opportunities to improve outcomes for people living with T1D. Recognizing that diagnosis can take place at any age, and that T1D can impact your life decades after diagnosis, we offer a variety of services and opportunities to engage across the 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
For more information about the programs above, please contact Ashley Hunkin at [email protected].
The Mary Cleaver Group has a special offer in support of JDRF. When you buy or sell your Greater Vancouver home with her team, Mary Cleaver will donate $250 to JDRF and give $250 back to you. As a T1D parent, Mary Cleaver understands the extra financial burden that can come along with T1D which is why she has partnered up with JDRF on this initiative. Visit www.marycleaver.com to learn more!
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!
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 diabetes research.
There are so many ways to give:
- Celebrate a birthday or other milestone
- Make a holiday really special
- Honour an achievement
- Send “get well” wishes
- Recognize a wedding anniversary
- Show a friend or family member who has lost a loved one how much you care
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 diabetes research.
It’s easy to participate! Simply call the office (to make a credit card gift) or mail your donation to:
JDRF BC Region
4180 Lougheed Highway, Suite 502
Burnaby, BC V5C 6A7
Please clearly indicate the name of the person in whose honour or memory you are making the gift, as well as who should receive card notificating them of your gift (for example, surviving family members, honouree).
Once your donation is processed, JDRF will send you an acknowledgement and send a card notifying your honoree (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 business days of receipt.
For more information, please contact our office at [email protected]
Dayna Backus – Regional Director, BC & Yukon – [email protected]
Tricia McLaren – Corporate Engagement Manager – [email protected]
Nicole Robson - Major Gifts Manager - [email protected]
Taryn Harrison – Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager – [email protected]
Ashley Hunkin – Community Engagement Specialist – [email protected]
Natalie Backerman – Senior Fundraising Coordinator – [email protected]
Donna Pan – Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator – [email protected]
Sean Koopmans – Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator – [email protected]
Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator – [email protected]
Sarah Kinsman - Administrative Assistant - [email protected]