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Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF 2019



On behalf of JDRF and the 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), we want to say thank you for participating in our 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF! This is the largest diabetes fundraising event in Canada and this year, we saw nearly 3,000 participants Walking together in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver. We are so thankful for the role you played in this powerful movement to unite family and friends to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Our BC & Yukon Region JDRF Team would like to thank our amazing community for rallying with us to raise funds for JDRF and T1D research. Across Canada, champions like you came together to empower one another, mobilize and fight for those affected by T1D. This year, because of your passion and dedication, we have already raised over $457,000 in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver alone!

The power you have to change the feature of type one diabetes did not end in June.  Your Walk fundraising page will remain open until the end of the year. Each and every contribution helps to accelerate groundbreaking research and we encourage you to continue fundraising up until December 31st, 2019.

Once again, we’d like to sincerely thank you for all that you do. Together, we are changing the lives for all Canadians living with T1D.

For more information about participating in next year's Walk event or if you have any questions regarding remaining pledges, please contact Taryn Harrison at

For more information about sponsorship opportunities at next year's Walk, please contact Tricia McLaren at

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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF 2019


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 raising awareness and funds to advance T1D research.

Ride Vancouver: Corporate teams of 5 will compete in sector challenges and finish the day in our networking beer garden. This event is great for team building and reaching your corporate social responsibility goals all at once.

Join us in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the North Plaza) in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday, October 4 and register here!

vRide: Own a bike? Attend spin classes? Host a fundraiser and ride in support of JDRF. Ride when you want, where you want. The possibilities are endless! 

iRidePassionate about cycling and seeking adventure?  Join an official JDRF destination road ride in locations across the United States and raise funds through JDRF Canada.  We accomplish more when we work together!

Choose your ride and register today at

To learn more about the Ride or how to get started, contact our Fundraising & Community Engagement Manager, Taryn Harrison, at

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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

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

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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

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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! 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 –

Sarah Kinsman - Administrative Assistant -

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