Legacy Stories

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

Diabetes Canada

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

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.

Personal Reflections

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