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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A Night of Promise

JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial

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 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.

For more information, please contact

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Thank you for moving research forward with us at the 2018 JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes, presented by Sun Life Financial


Wow, what an amazing time we had at the 2018 JDRF Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes! Thousands of supporters from companies, community groups, and type 1 diabetes (T1D) families all over the GTA pedalled their hearts out this year, collectively clocking thousands of kilometers to move research forward with their teams. We are proud to work alongside 4,000 incredible riders raising over $1.34 million to date for a world without T1D!

THANK YOU to our riders for participating in this high-energy stationary cycling event, raising awareness and funds for JDRF and T1D. Your enthusiasm, generosity, and dedication are accelerating the pace of research aimed at treating, preventing, and curing T1D, and improving the lives of over 300,000 Canadians living with T1D.

A big thank you CycleBar, our Premier Local Sponsor, for the 55 state of the art spin bikes at the JDRF Ride to Revolution! Your spin instructors got the crowd excited for a great ride, and we couldn’t have done this without you!

Interested in learning more about the Ride, joining the Revolution, or setting up your own Ride for JDRF? Watch our Ride video, and connect with us today at



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 $475,000 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.

Stay tuned for information regarding the
2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF!


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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 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 Francis at
647-789-2455 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

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

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

Liz Aldous
Corporate Engagement Manager / 647-457-2721

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

Deanna Beran
Corporate Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2458

Ivy Law
Administrative Assistant / 647-789-2037

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Lets turn type one into type none