JDRF Waterloo

Serving Waterloo Region, Huron, Bruce, Grey 
& Wellington County

Contact: Robin McLean
PO Box 7 Cambridge PO
Cambridge Galt ON N1R 3B0

T: 519.496.7752 | waterloo@jdrf.ca

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Local Events Calendar

February 10: Re-Fridgee-Eighter Race in support of JDRF

#ReFridgee8er is a road race in Waterloo, Ontario that marks the beginning of the annual Run Waterloo racing calendar. Runners can choose to run 3KM, 8KM or 8 miles.

This event has fundraised over $50,000 for JDRF over the past decade. Participate in this legacy by helping us reach our goal of $2,500 raised in 2019.  Go to Race Roster to activate your fundraiser profile to learn more.

Fundraising prizes:

  • $50 in Pledges - Free Saucony Socks
  • $100 in Pledges - Free Entry, plus Socks
  • $250 in Pledges - $100 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks
  • $500 in Pledges - $200 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks
  • Top Fundraiser (minimum $750) - will receive a Free pair of Saucony running shoes at Runners' Choice


March 29: JDRF Spring Skate & Update

Join local JDRF families for a free, family skating event at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.  Immediately following the skate, JDRF welcomes Dr. Nancy Tout (JDRF Research Information Volunteer).  Learn about current, JDRF-funded research, important discoveries in the world of T1D and what’s on the horizon. Registration will be mandatory, as space is limited.  Please watch this space or join our newsletter for more details.

May 26: Cambridge – 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF (date subject to change)

June 2: Guelph – 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF (date subject to change)

June 9: Waterloo – 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF

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Volunteer Opportunities 

The Waterloo Chapter of JDRF is building its volunteer team, and has many opportunities available year round.  Whether you’re a professional with a specific skill set to offer, a parent hoping to help families with a new diagnosis or a high-school student searching for meaningful opportunities, there is a role for you!

For all volunteer inquiries, please contact Robin McLean by email rmclean@jdrf.ca or 519-496-7752.

Current Opportunities:

2019 Walk Committee

The Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo Walks would not be possible without the incredible support of our Walk Committee.  We’re currently searching for new members from Cambridge and Guelph, to help better represent those communities. The Committee meets January – June, approximately once per month.


2019 Outreach Committee (ongoing)

The Outreach Committee helps to plan and execute local outreach events, including Research Nights, Guest Speaker Events, and Family Fun Days.  These events are often the first point of contact with JDRF for newly-diagnosed families. This is a new committee, and members can expect 2-5 hours/month, as determined by the committee with the support of the Senior P2P and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Event Day Volunteers

These opportunities are perfect for those who want to contribute, but can’t make a long-term commitment. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, from set-up to refreshments, registration and greeters. 

Register here to volunteer for the 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Waterloo, Guelph and/or Cambridge


Public Relations / Marketing Volunteer

The Waterloo Region JDRF events and community outreach programs require support from a skilled Public Relations and Marketing Volunteer to ensure the charity’s programs and events are highlighted in local media.


  • 2-4 hours/month
  • PR / Marketing background, excellent writing skills, ability to work independently
  • Duties to include updating online community board/events calendars with local JDRF events as per the P2P & Community Engagement Coordinator; distributing local event posters; approaching local media outlets with relevant local JDRF stories, expanding media lists


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 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF

Event City Type Date Venue Name
Virtual Walk Walk TBA

Walk where you want, when you want!



TBA Cambridge River Bluffs Park
Guelph Walk TBA Guelph Lake Conservation Area
Waterloo Walk June 9, 2019 Laurel Creek Conservation Area


Congratulations to our Top 2018 Teams!

Cambridge: Brittany’s Brigade, $13,486.93
Guelph: Nevan’s Freedom Fighters, $5,611.50
Waterloo: Maiya’s Mission for a Cure, $26,469.50


The 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF in Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo will kick off with our annual Kick-Off Event in April.  Help us celebrate our top teams, meet new Walk Teams, and pick up your fundraising kits.  Prizes for kids and adults, too!  Watch this space for more information, coming soon!

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 Fundraise Your Way – Third Party Events

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 big impact on the lives of Canadians living with type 1 diabetes.

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 Robin at 519-496-7752 or email rmclean@jdrf.ca

Get started with your fundraising event….


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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! Companies, community groups, and type 1 diabetes (T1D) families all over Waterloo Region pedaled their hearts out this year, collectively clocking thousands of kilometers to move research forward with their teams. Together, we raised over $54,000.00, with donations and corporate sponsorships still coming in!


Special thanks to a few local champions for helping to bring out so many teams: 
Sam Marshall and Doryan Bondar of RBC, Ricardo Figuireido and Barb Curto of TD, and Jackie Gill of Scoatiabank!
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.
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 rmclean@jdrf.ca


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Lets turn type one into type none