(New Address as of February 1, 2019)

4180 Lougheed Highway, Suite 502
Burnaby, BC V5C 6A7
Tel: 604.320.1937
Fax: 604.320.1938
Toll free: 1.877.320.1933
Toll free fax: 1.877.224.5437

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JDRF Staff

Dayna Backus – Regional Director, BC & Yukon –

Sharon David  Administrative Assistant –

Karen Koch  Manager, Major Gifts, BC & Yukon

Ashley Hunkin – Community Engagement Specialist –

Tricia McLaren – Manager, Corporate Engagement –

Taryn Harrison   Manager, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement

Natalie Backerman –  Senior Fundraising Coordinator –

Sean Koopmans –  Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator –

Emma Wallace – Manager, Event Experience & Fundraising –

Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator –



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2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF


The 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF brings together over 35,000 Canadians from coast to coast to raise $4 million to accelerate the pace of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  We want you to be a part of this movement!

Rally with us to help create a world without T1D. Together, we will continue to fund the brightest minds in T1D research and help turn type one into type none.

Reminder: Your Fundraising Page will remain open until the end of the year - so you can continue to collect pledges and submit them up until December 31, 2019!

Interested in participating in this year's Walk? Click here to register today!

For more information, please contact


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JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes

Go further to turn type one into type none by joining the Vancouver JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial. It is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada.

Own a bike? Attend spin classes? Passionate about cycling? If any of those sound like you, host a fundraiser and ride in support of JDRF. Ride when you want, where you want. The possibilities are endless! Registration is coming soon.

Not in town during your local ride? Register for the JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes vRIDE!

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

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Make it a destination ride. Choose from six locations across the USA!

For more information, click here or contact us at

Community Engagement



Newly Diagnosed

If you have been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), you're not alone. JDRF is here to answer your questions and help you manage the changes diabetes brings to your life.

Bag of Hope

JDRF is pleased to provide our complimentary Bag of Hope which contains a variety of educational and reference materials that will help you along the way. As a special gift, children will also receive Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes, designed to help children cope and learn about insulin injections. To receive your Bag of Hope, visit

For more information, please contact Ashley Hunkin at 604.292.2773, toll-free at 1.877.320.1933, or

Talk T1D

​Talk T1D is a program that provides one-on-one support to families and individuals living with T1D. Trained volunteers that have experience and understand the daily challenges of living with T1D are there to provide emotional support and connect you with resources in your local area. For more information, visit

Youth Council

This is a group of 13- to 18-year-olds who are excited about meeting new people, developing leadership skills, and having fun! They are young, energetic, and passionate about making a difference. The JDRF Youth Council wants to hear from you!

For more information, please contact Ashley Hunkin at 604.292.2773 or

Youth Ambassadors

The JDRF Youth Ambassador program supports young people with T1D to engage their communities and raise awareness about T1D. If you know a passionate youth who lives with T1D, is committed to the mission of JDRF, and would like to make some positive noise about T1D, contact Ashley Hunkin at 604.292.2773 or for more details on the program.

Grandparent Support Group

Looking to connect with other T1D grandparents? Look no further as our Grandparent Support Group has been meeting for the last six years and developed into a very caring and supportive network. Meetings are typically held on the last Wednesday of each month from 11 am to 12 pm. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please contact Barbara Graham at 604.961.3450 or at

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Make it a destination ride. Choose from six locations across the USA!

For more information, click here or contact us at

19th Annual Rockin' for Research 

Saturday, October 20, 2018         Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Rockin’ for Research is well-known as one of Vancouver's best and most vibrant galas, and this year’s event will be another glamorous one-of-a-kind experience.

Our 18th Annual Rockin’ for Research – London Calling gala raised more than $1 million and brought the total funds raised to an incredible $15 million to date. These funds play a vital role in helping JDRF accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of cutting edge advances to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D). Thank you to all the generous guests, donors, sponsors, and volunteers who made this possible!

Please stay tuned as more details for this year’s Rockin’ for Research gala become available. 


Sharon David

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Fundraise Your Way (Third-party)

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 us at

Learn more about the process for setting up your event with JDRF using the documents below:

a. Community Events Handbook
b. Quick Guide
c. Community Event Application

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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 learn more about our Volunteer Program or register your interest in volunteering with us, please contact Charlie Ryan at

B.C. Region Memorials and Tributes Program


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 Sharon David at

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Lets turn type one into type none