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 

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Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF

Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF

Fundraise with Us - Third Party Events

Bag of Hope for Newly Diagnosed Children

Mentor Program

Get Involved!

Staff Directory

Join us at the 2019 Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF!

Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF is a high-energy stationary cycling event taking place in cities across Canada. This event will challenge Canadians to pedal for a cure and go further to defeat diabetes.

The Toronto Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
1 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2R8

Register now! 

Sign up your team of five family members, friends, or colleagues to join thousands of supporters from companies, community groups, and T1D families at the Ride. Pedal your hearts out and raise critical funds to accelerate the pace of research aimed at treating, preventing, and curing T1D.

Ride contact:
Natasha Fieldman
Phone: 647.789.2322

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Toronto at Canada’s Wonderland on June 9. You raised an incredible $440,000 to date for vital and life-changing type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Check out photos from the day here.


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   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 organize 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 Kayli 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 Francis at 647-789-2455 or email to learn how you can get involved.

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Staff Directory

Shannon Carkner
Regional Director | 647-789-2042

Natasha Fieldman
Peer to Peer & Community Engagement Manager  |  647.789.2322

Francis Lanza
Event Experience & Fundraising Manager | 647-789-2455

Liz Bremner
Corporate Engagement Manager | 647-789-2043

Irena Kropman
Senior Peer to Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator  |  647.789.2033

Jennifer Jones
Senior Peer to Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator  |  647.789.2020

Tavia Bradshaw
Peer to Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator  |  647.789.2034

Deanna Beran
Corporate Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2458

Kayli Taylor
Fundraising Coordinator | 647-789-2035

Alyshia Collins
Event Logistics Coordinator  |  647.789.2327

Ivy Law
Administrative Assistant | 647-789-2037

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