Dedicated to the Fight Against Diabetes
Canadian Diabetes Association thanks volunteers for their passion,
action and impact
TORONTO, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – During National Volunteer Week (April
15-21), the Canadian Diabetes Association is celebrating its volunteers
who generously donate their time and energy in supporting us to LEAD the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes LIVE healthy lives while we work to find a CURE.
“I became a volunteer because I’ve lost many family members to diabetes,
which also puts me at risk. I’ve been trained to educate the public
about the seriousness of the disease and share this information through
health fairs as a speaker. I’ve met many like-minded people with a
passion for a common purpose–giving back to the community in a
meaningful way,” says Gillian Musaib-Ali, volunteer for the Canadian
Our volunteers are integral and each role is connected to one of the
Association’s activities: providing education and services to people
living with diabetes, advocating on their behalf, supporting innovative
research and setting the standard for diabetes care.
“As a long time investigator in the field of diabetes, it is a great
pleasure to volunteer with such an excellent organization that is
making a difference in the lives of so many Canadians,” says Dr.
Alexandra Jenkins, volunteer on the Canadian Diabetes Association’s
National Nutrition Committee.
Ross Hirning was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and has been
volunteering with the Association since 2004 in a number of
capacities. “Everyone should volunteer for a cause or an organization
that is important to them if they can. I believe that informing people
about diabetes is critical to the future good health of Canadians, and
the best way for me to do that is by volunteering with the Canadian
Diabetes Association,” says Ross.
Thanks to the significant effort and commitment of our volunteers, last
year the Canadian Diabetes Association was able to provide more than
1,870 educational events reaching over 280,000 people across the
“We are grateful for the time and expertise our volunteers share with us
and the communities they serve,” says Michael Cloutier, President and
CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association. “Everything we do relies on their
work and they make a significant impact in the lives of the more than
nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes.”
Are you committed to leading the fight against diabetes? Visit diabetes.ca/volunteer to learn more about becoming a volunteer, completing an online
volunteer application form and for other ways you can help support
people living with diabetes or prediabetes.
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable
organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with
diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our
professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education
and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease,
advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to
achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a
cure. Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation, follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association