JDRF Waterloo

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

T: 519.496.7752 | waterloo@jdrf.ca


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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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 Local Events Calendar


November 19, 2018: Managing Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes with Dr. Michael Riddell.  Join Dr. Michael Riddell for a 1-hour presentation discussing managing exercise with Type 1 Diabetes, followed by time for your questions. All ages are welcome, and accompanying kids will receive free, unlimited access to FunworX (supervision not offered). For more information and to register here.


Thank-you to our local fundraisers-extraordinaire who hosted some great events in the last few months, all in support of JDRF!

September 21, 2018: 14th Annual Grant Family Charity Golf Tournament in support of JDRF.  Funds Raised: $36,000.00

September 29, 2018: Jammin for JD – final year!  Funds Raised: ~$14,000.00

October 13, 2018: Divas for Diabetes. Fund Raised: TBA

October 17, 2018: ENCHANTED Masquerade Fashion Show at the University of Guelph, presented by the Guelph Gryphons and One Tooth Active Wear Guelph.  Funds Raised: $7,000.00


A good news story that has to be shared:

Each year Chevrolet and Hockey Canada team up to search for Pee Wee Hockey Teams that are attempting to make a big impact in their local communities.  The teams that make the biggest impact in their communities have the chance to compete for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup.  This year the Wingham Pee Wee local league team has decided to throw their name in the hat with the hope of winning the 2018/2019 Good Deeds Cup!!!

The main focus of our "Good Deeds" have been centered on raising money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (JDRF) Today there are approximately 11 Million Canadians living with Diabetes.  Approximately 10 percent of those Canadians have Type 1 Diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes typically develops in children and adolescents.  For over 40 years the JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to Type 1 diabetes.  In addition the JDRF is focused on helping Canadians with Type 1 diabetes to live a healthier, easier, and safer life until a cure is found.  Recently one of our players was diagnosed the Type 1 diabetes.  This is the reason why the team elected to raise money and awareness for the JDRF.  The team hopes to help their team mate and all those Canadian’s living with Type 1 diabetes.  

To kick off the JDRF Good Deeds the Wingham Pee Wee LL team hosted a 3 on 3 fun hockey tournament, followed by a Dinner and Silent Auction.  All of the proceeds from these events were to be donated to the JDRF.  The plan was to have the players collect prizes and sponsorship for the event.  They were also responsible for selling dinner tickets, serving food and cleaning up plates at the event.

The overall response from the players, parents, coaches and ultimately the community was both amazing and humbling.   As the saying goes, "One Good Deed deserves another" and that is exactly what happened.  Players would receive a prize/donation, we would thank the individual on Social Media and then another person or business would contact the team asking if they could support our cause.  The number of Good Deeds continued to grow and multiply exponentially. The team collected 83 prizes for raffle and silent auction.  Twenty eight local business, organizations, and individuals donated money to support the events.  The dinner was completely SOLD OUT... over 320 people attend the dinner and silent auction!!!  

When we started this journey we didn't really have a specific financial goal in mind.  A few of us thought if we could raise $3000 in 6 weeks we would consider this a huge success.  When the change was rolled and final bill was paid the event yielded over $14,000.  We were shocked and stunned.  Not only had we raised awareness for Type 1 Diabetes in our community we had also raised a very significant amount of money to help people who are living with the disease.

Creating your own JDRF Community Event is a fun way to make a difference.  Whether your event is a run, bowl-a-thon, bake sale, etc.  Simply register your unique event and invite your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours to help fundraise! Learn more about how to Fundraise Your Way!​

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Thank you the over 1000 participants who joined us in Cambridge, Guelph and Waterloo for another year of walking in support of JDRF! Together, we raised over $150,000.00. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Donations remain open year round – it’s never too late to contribute.

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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

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.  Open opportunities include:

August 27, 7:00 – 5:30, Golf Tournament (Kitchener)
September 21, 9:00 – 9:00, Golf Tournament (Burlington)
October 2 & 3, Revolution Ride to Defeat Diabetes (Waterloo)


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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 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 Francis at 647-789-2455 or email flanza@jdrf.ca

Get started with your fundraising event….


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Lets turn type one into type none