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Canadian Diabetes Association needs volunteer canvassers

The Canadian Diabetes Association is literally hitting the streets this spring with a door-to-door campaign from May 1 to 31.

“This year, we are looking for more than 2,000 volunteer canvassers in the Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Penticton and Williams Lake area who are able to volunteer one to two hours of their time this May. This is a great opportunity for young people, as students may qualify for volunteer credit hours through our program,” says Cheryl Stone, residential campaign coordinator (Interior B.C.) at the Canadian Diabetes Association. “We are grateful for the time and expertise our volunteers share with us and the communities they serve.”

The mission of the CDA is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. This campaign is timely as diabetes is a serious disease that has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Currently, more than nine million Canadians, or one in four, are living with diabetes or prediabetes—a number expected to rise to one in three by 2020.

Funds raised from the campaign will be used to support diabetes research, provide residents with local diabetes educational resources including hosting educational events in the community and advocacy work. CDA is proud of our diabetes advocates. Recently, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial insulin pump program to age 25. This is a great next step in ensuring people with diabetes have the tools they need to better manage their disease, ultimately improving their health and quality of life.

Proceeds will additionally be used to help send children with type 1 diabetes to the Canadian Diabetes Association's D-Camp, Camp Kakhamela in B.C., one of 12 camps across Canada that provide a unique experience to 1,600 children and youth living with type 1 diabetes each year.

“You can help fight diabetes in your community—a little time can make all the difference! Choose to canvass in your own neighbourhood, at your workplace, amongst friends and family, or donate,” adds Cheryl. “The power of our collective efforts can make a significant impact in the lives of the more than 420,000 British Columbians living with diabetes.”

For volunteer opportunities and to make an impact in your community, please contact Cheryl Stone at 250-762-9447, toll-free number at 1-888-628-9494 or via email at cheryl.stone@diabetes.ca.

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