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
[email protected]

Find Us on Social Media:

Facebook: @jdrfvancouver

Twitter: @JDRF_BC

Instagram: @jdrfbcyt

In an abundance of caution for our community and staff, the JDRF BC & Yukon office is working remotely until Monday, April 6. You can still reach us by phone at 604-320-1937 and email at [email protected]. Thank you!

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Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF 2020

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 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].

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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF 2020


The 2020 Vancouver Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF takes place on October 2nd, at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza - šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl'e7énḵ Square.  Participants will take part in a unique, must-do corporate event in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  Complete with food trucks, live DJ and a digital leader board to help you beat the competition, you do not want to miss this.  Engage your employees, network with your industry and have an incredible time defeating type 1 diabetes!

You don’t need to be a pro! Participants with all levels of fitness and spin class experience are welcome.  Register as a corporate team or individual today!

If you have any questions regarding registration or donations, please contact Taryn Harrison at [email protected].

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia McLaren at [email protected].

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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

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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 [email protected] 

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

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 DiabetesA 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]

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Corporate Partnerships

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 to learn more!

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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 register to be a JDRF volunteer, please Sign Up Here! 

To learn more about our Volunteer Program, please contact Charlie Ryan at

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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! Click here to donate online, or 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]

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JDRF Staff

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]

Emma Shaw – Event Experience & Fundraising Manager – es[email protected]

Charlie Ryan – Event Logistics Coordinator – [email protected]

Sarah Kinsman - Administrative Assistant - [email protected]

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