Serving Toronto, York, and Durham Region

235 Yorkland Blvd., Suite 600
Toronto, ON M2J 4Y8
Tel: 647.789.2000
Toll-Free: 1.877.287.3533
Fax: 416.491.2111 

Table of Contents

REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat Diabetes

Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes

A Night of Promise

Fundraise with Us - Third Party Events

Bag of Hope for Newly Diagnosed Children

Mentor Program

Get Involved!

Staff Directory

Join us for the 2018 REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat Diabetes

The JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial, is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada. Whether it’s a 10-minute ride or a 60 minute challenge, participants put their physical fitness to the test to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D)!

The JDRF Revolution Ride is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about T1D and raise essential funds to support JDRF-funded research, and a fantastic way for companies, community groups and individuals to unite in the battle to defeat diabetes while participating in a fun and energetic event!

In 2017, with the enthusiasm, generosity, and dedication of over 2,900 Ride participants, over $1.3 million was raised towards research to accelerate a cure for type 1 diabetes!

Help us raise more funds in 2018. Sign-up for the Toronto or York Rides!

Toronto Ride

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Yonge Dundas Square

Ride hours from 9AM to 3PM

York Ride

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Markham Pan Am Centre

Ride hours 10AM and 11AM

Register Here


Join us for the 2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes!

We invite you to be part of something big!
Be one of the over 40,000 Canadians walking and fundraising for a world without type 1 diabetes.

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Exhibition Place, Bandshell Park, Toronto

Register today!

Registration: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Opening Ceremonies: 10:45 am

Walk Start Time: 11:00 am

Walk Length: approximately 5 km

Walk Activities:

NEW! Mobile Scavenger Hunt!

NEW & IMPROVED Walk Route!

Balloon Artist, Firetruck, Rock Climbing Wall & Inflatable Bouncers

Medieval Times Knights & Horses

Light BBQ Lunch

Paid parking available onsite.  Accessible by TTC and Go Train.   Pets welcome on-leash and controlled.

For more information, please contact 

Jessica Raposo at 647-789-2322

Thank you for joining us for the 2018 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes!

We would like to thank the more than 200 families and corporate teams who came out on Sunday, June 10 to show their support and raise funds for JDRF. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Walk and we were honoured to celebrate the incredible advancement in T1D research over the last 25 years.

To date, we have raised close to $415,000 for the Toronto Walk and type one diabetes (T1D) research!

On behalf of JDRF and the more than 300,000 Canadians living with type one diabetes, thank you to all of our participants, donors, volunteers and corporate partners who help move us closer to turning type one into type none. We are deeply committed to this mission and we could not do it without you.


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Join us on November 7th 2018 for our annual A Night of Promise gala at The Carlu, in downtown Toronto. Enjoy an elegant evening of delicious food and wine, live and silent auctions, entertainment and our signature Fund A Cure live bidding.

This year, we are honouring the Jackson Family for their generous spirit, passion for volunteering, and relentless commitment to advancing ground-breaking type 1 diabetes research.

Tables are selling out fast, so purchase yours before it’s too late! To volunteer for A Night of Promise, please contact


   Host a T1D Fundraiser


Be a Diabetes Champion! Join our dedicated team of fundraisers by raising funds in support of diabetes research. 

There are countless ways to contribute! Host your own fundraiser….Join a community event…. Rally your co-workers…. Get your school involved. Your passion combined with our expertise will ensure your efforts make a major impact on the lives of Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

We’ve made it easy for you to organise a fundraiser that is meaningful to you while raising funds for vital research. Choose a fundraising idea and then let us know what you want to do. We’ll provide you with all the tools and support you need to make it a success.

For more information on how to start your own event, please contact Amy at
647-789-2035 or email

Get started with your fundraising event…

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Bag of Hope

JDRF is pleased to provide our complimentary Bag of Hope, containing a variety of educational and reference materials to help newly diagnosed children and families along the way.

As a special gift, children under 12 will also receive a Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes™, designed to help children cope and learn about insulin injections.

To learn more about the Bag of Hope program, please visit the T1D Hub.

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Mentor Program

Your child has just been diagnosed with diabetes. What do you do now?

When a loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, it can be a traumatic and stressful time. Fear, sadness, anger and confusion about how to manage the disease can leave families feeling alone and overwhelmed.

You're not alone. JDRF's Mentor Program Volunteers can help.

JDRF’s Mentor Program can provide much-needed emotional support, information about diabetes resources, education about what families can do to help find a cure and, most of all, be a good listener. JDRF’s Family Network is free of charge, and we are here to help as long as you need it.

Please note that our volunteers are not healthcare professionals and are unable to provide medical advice for which you should consult your doctor or other healthcare professional.

If you would like to learn more about the JDRF Mentor Program, please visit the T1D Hub.

For more information, please contact us at 647-789-2038 or

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 Become a JDRF Volunteer

A donation of your time is valuable to JDRF. JDRF relies on its dedicated volunteers to achieve its mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. 

If you’re interested in volunteering at an upcoming event or during office hours, please contact Amy at 647-789-2035 or email  to learn how you can get involved.

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Staff Directory

Shannon Carkner
Regional Director / 647-789-2042

Jessica Raposo
Peer-to-Peer and Community Engagement Manager  / 647-789-2322

Jessica Brigantino
Event Experience & Fundraising Manager / 647-789-2010

Liz Aldous
Corporate Engagement Manager / 647-457-2721

Francis Lanza
Event Logistics Coordinator / 647-789-2455

Tayler Halonen
Senior Peer-to-Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2033

Fernanda Paz 
Senior Peer-to-Peer and Community Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2034

Filomena Lowry
Peer-to-Peer Fundraising & Community Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2020

Amanda Cruickshank
Event Logistics Coordinator / 647-789-2327

Amy Beintner
Fundraising Coordinator / 647-789-2035

Ivy Law
Administrative Assistant / 647-789-2037

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Lets turn type one into type none