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

Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes

Appreciation Evening

REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat 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 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

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 Appreciation Evening

On Thursday, February 8th over 100 guests attended our Appreciation Evening held to recognize and say thanks to all of our incredible donors, event participants and sponsors for their support of our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial. We hope you enjoyed listening to the informative research panel, and congratulations to all of our fundraising award recipients!

Thank you to everyone that was able to join us for such a wonderful night, it is through your support that we are able to move another step closer to finding a cure for type one diabetes.

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2017 REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat Diabetes

Thank you to everyone that participated in and supported the 2017 REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial. Not even the rain could bring down the excitement and energy at Yonge-Dundas square! We hope you had an incredible day riding along with the amazing CycleBar instructors. Your support makes an impact to the over 300,000 Canadians living with Type 1 Diabetes and, because of you, we are one step closer to our goal of finding a cure!


Thank you to our Premier Partner, CycleBar Leaside, for their generous support and for providing us with 55 top-of-the-line spin bikes at the Toronto Ride this year!

Thank you to our Elite Partner, Wynn Fitness, for their generous support and for providing us with 30 top-of-the line spin bikes at the York Ride this year!

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On November 15th 2017, JDRF Toronto held our annual A Night of Promise gala at The Carlu, in downtown Toronto. The event was a huge success! We are thrilled to announce that we raised over $840,000 for T1D research, thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, and the help of our incredible volunteers. We want to express our appreciation to everyone who supported A Night of Promise – whether you purchased tickets, donated or bought auction items, donated to Fund a Cure, sponsored the event, or volunteered your time – we couldn’t have done it without you! 

Please click here for event photos.

For more information, please visit

   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 647-789-2000 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

Asha Lewis (Maternity Leave)
Fundraising Coordinator / 647-789-2035

Ivy Law
Administrative Assistant / 647-789-2037

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Lets turn type one into type none