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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Upcoming Events

Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF

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

Fundraise with Us - Third Party Events

Bag of Hope for Newly Diagnosed Children

Mentor Program

Get Involved!

Staff Directory


 Upcoming Events

2019 Research Event
Date: April 17, 2019
Location: 235 Yorkland Blvd., 
Toronto, ON M2J 4Y8

Please RSVP by emailing by Friday, April 5, 2019,
click here for more information!

Local sponsors:


2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes Kickoff

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Location: Skyzone
45 Esandar Drive, Unit 1A,
Toronto, ON M4G 4C5

Please RSVP to by Friday, April 12, 2019,
click here for more information!

Join us for the Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF and raise funds for vital and life-changing type 1 diabetes (T1D) research! Be part of a collective rally that brings together thousands of people whose lives are touched by T1D and want to change the face of the disease forever.


Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019
Location: Canada's Wonderland
1 Canada's Wonderland Drive,
Maple ON L6A 1S6

Register today!


Walk Contact:
Phone: 647.789.2033
Email: ​


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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.


Registration for 2019 opens soon, stay tuned!



   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

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

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

Liz Bremner
Corporate Engagement Manager / 647-789-2043

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

Deanna Beran
Corporate Engagement Coordinator / 647-789-2458

Ivy Law
Administrative Assistant / 647-789-2037

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