6450 Roberts Street, Suite 150
Burnaby, BC V5G 4E1
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

Laura Findlay –  Senior Peer-to-Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator –

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

Emma Wallace – Manager, Event Experience & Fundraising –

Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator –

Natalie Backerman  Special Events & Fundraising Assistant


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2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF



On behalf of JDRF and the more than 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), thank you for participating in our 2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF. This year, over 40,000 Canadians Walked together in a powerful movement to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). As a result of your generosity, this year’s Walk was a huge success and we are on track to reach our goal of raising $5.4 million!

Thank you for rallying 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: Walk Pages will remain open until the end of the year - so you can continue to collect pledges and submit them up until December 31, 2018!

Interested in next year’s Walk? Fill out this form and be among the first to find out about the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF!

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.

Registration for the JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes vRIDE is now open!

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! Click here to sign up today.

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

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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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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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Community Events (Third-party)

Looking to plan your own event to fundraise for JDRF? Hosting a community (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!

Third-party fundraisers are events organized independently by an outside (third) party, 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 community event, please contact us as

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

a. Community Events Handbook
b. Sell Sheet
c. Community Event Application

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We Need You! Come volunteer with JDRF!

Looking to get involved in your community, share your skills & passion, and meet new people? JDRF has opportunities for you!

We rely on our amazing volunteers and their assets to make our events successful. Their time and energy enable us to contribute more funding towards diabetes research. Please come and join our team and participate in some great events.

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Opportunity to learn what is involved in organizing event logistics
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks
  • Involvement in a major fundraising event
  • Making a difference to people with diabetes and their families
  • Networking with other community volunteers
  • Reference letter upon request

To learn more about our Volunteer Program, please check out our documents below or contact us 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
6450 Roberts Street, Suite 150
Burnaby, BC V5G 4E1

Please clearly indicate the name of the person in whose honour or memory you are making the gift, as well as who should receive notification of your gift (for example, surviving family members).

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 five business days of receipt.

For more information, please contact Sharon David at

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Lets turn type one into type none