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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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 people representing corporate, community and family teams across Canada will challenge themselves by fundraising for the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF all with the goal of raising awareness and funds to advance T1D research.

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! 

Register today at

To learn more about the Ride or how to get started, get in touch with our Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Manager, Taryn Harrison, at

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.

Over the last 19 years, the Rockin' for Reserach Gala has raised a staggering $16 million. This incredible ongoing success is due to the extraordinary support of many dedicated volunteers, committed sponsors, generous donors, and passionate guess all united by the same goal - helping accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of cutting-edge advances to cure, better treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D).

To be a part of this special night, contact our Event Expeience & Fundraising Manager, Emma Shaw, at

For information on the Gala, visit

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Community and Fundraise Your Way Events

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 

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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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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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

BC 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 our office at

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JDRF Staff

Dayna Backus – Regional Director, BC & Yukon –

Karen Koch – Major Gifts Manager, BC & Yukon –

Tricia McLaren – Corporate Engagement Manager –

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

Ashley Hunkin – Community Engagement Specialist –

Natalie Backerman –  Senior Fundraising Coordinator –

Donna Pan –  Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator –

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

Emma Shaw – Event Experience & Fundraising Manager –

Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator –

Jessica Lui – Special Events Assistant –

Miselta Ihekwoaba – Special Events Assistant –

Tiana Wang – Special Events Assistant –

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Lets turn type one into type none