The discovery of insulin continues to impact the lives of Canadians every day. Discover how Canadians live with diabetes and the incredible scientific work still being done to combat this epidemic disease.

Camp Huronda

A special thanks to the staff, campers, and alumni at Camp Huronda and Diabetes Canada D-Camps for sharing their stories with Defining Moments Canada and our audiences.

Modern Legacy of Insulin and Impact of Diabetes

by Ellen G. Fraser Ellen is a Canadian neuroscientist and outdoor enthusiast, who works in medical regulation. She has grown up with Type 1 diabetes and worked with the diabetes community for most of her life. Her work with the diabetes community has ranged from youth programming with Diabetes Canada, to academic research on the implications of…

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It Began with a Discovery

By Cale Allen Cale was diagnosed with type one diabetes in 2003. They have been a camper and a staff member at Camp Discovery and Camp Huronda, the Ontario D-Camps Operated by Diabetes Canada. They are also on the board of the Pride Camping Association-a non-profit organization prioritizing inclusivity of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Camping across…

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Camping Days

By Cataline Fric Cataline Fric (pronounced CUT-LIN FRITZ) is an outdoor enthusiast with a strong passion for the arts. He spends the majority of his days teaching Junior High in Edmonton, Alberta. When he is not teaching, he spends his time taking care of his 100+ houseplant collection and exploring the never ending trails of…

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Insulin 100: Experiencing the highs and lows

By Charlotte Peachey Peachey has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2014. She has spent the last six years embracing the opportunity to travel and has been working with the Diabetes Canada D-Camps program in Ontario since 2017. Charlotte loved making connections with those in the diabetes community, and she has travelled from her…

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The Special Little Place on the Edge of the Lake

By Kate “Milkshake” Morrison Morrison has been attending Camp Huronda since 2014, and her favourite part about camp is when there are tater tots for lunch and feta cheese at the salad bar. Kate has been an active member of the Huronda community for many years and loves to share her passion and drive for…

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Camp Connection

By Lauren Linklater Linklater has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1999. She has been involved with the Diabetes Canada D-Camps program for over 12 years, currently in the role of Manager of Camps & Youth Programs with the D-Camps team. She has been an active member of the diabetes community through various groups…

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Diabetes Canada

As part of our partnership with Diabetes Canada, we are able to share personal stories from their collection.

Mental Health Strain of Living with Diabetes During Covid

By Kimberley Hanson, Executive Director of Federal Affairs, Diabetes Canada Click here to visit the original blog post Living with diabetes is a lifelong, 24-hour-a-day job with no days off. It’s a lifelong juggling act to balance diet, exercise, stress, medications and countless other factors. It has been estimated that those with type 1 diabetes…

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10 ways to support your loved one with diabetes

How a teamwork approach can help your family members with their self-management By Anne Bokma Click here to visit the original story written by Anne Bokma for Diabetes Canada. The first time Bill Charles really understood the challenges for people like his wife, Tannis, who lives with type 1 diabetes, was more than 25 years…

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Lessons learned from managing my diabetes

By Jenika Myers-Jennings Myers-Jennings talks about learning every day on her T1D journey. Diabetes Canada has generously offered to share personal stories from their collection. These are “stories from people who have been affected by diabetes. The stories highlight their personal journey’s and ways they have impacted their communities.” Click here to visit the original…

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JDRF Canada

JDRF is working in collaboration with Defining Moments Canada for the second year of the Insulin100: Inspiration and Innovation commemorative project. JDRF will be sharing their history and mission, articles about their past and present research, as well as personal advocate stories – which will highlight the Kids for a Cure Program and the #AccessForAll initiative.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $3 billion CAD in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, governments, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout Canada and six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D.  For more information, please visit jdrf.ca.

Dave Prowten joined JDRF Canada as President & CEO in 2013. For the past 20 years, Dave has worked in the not-for-profit sector – with the last 15 years at charities focused on auto-immune diseases. He is a big believer in the power of the Canadian research sector to make globally significant advances.

Defining Moments in Canadian History – 100 Years of Insulin

By JDRF JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $3 billion CAD in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots…

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Insulin100 Video Series

Defining Moments Canada is also working on a set of video stories from Canadians who know first-hand what it is like to live with diabetes.

Personal Reflections

Stories written by Canadians who have offered to share their personal diabetes experiences with Defining Moments Canada.

Riding on Insulin for 100 Years

by Miguel Alvarez Raising awareness from Vancouver to Whistler in the GranFondo. The Early Days I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3 in the late 1960’s. One of my earliest childhood memories is laying in a hospital bed; scared and mostly alone. In those days, family could only visit for…

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