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Our Reason. Our Reach. Our Results.


Our Reason.


Over 300,00 Canadians live with type 1 diabetes.¹


Roughly 33,000+ are youth between the ages five and eighteen.²

Short Term Risks:³

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures

Long Term Complications:³

  • Diabetic nephrophathy
  • Retinopathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Arterial stiffness
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular neuropathy

Every 24 hours 20+ Canadians die due to diabetes complications.

Mental Illnesses Often Accompanying T1D:³

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Externalizing disorders

Diabetes healthcare appointments are scheduled roughly every 3-6 months for a duration of 15 minutes.

ICD helps change the narrative and provide support in between.


Our Reach.

In 2021: We had over to 2,660 participants and 227 days in program!

Our Results.

“[Our patient’s] A1C when we checked it at this visit was 3.5% lower than 6 months ago, which is a hugely significant decrease… I had no idea that one experience could have the power to transform someone so profoundly. I believe that this ICD experience has set him on a completely different path. I believe these changes in him will lead to significant and lasting changes in his physical and mental health.”

-Joanne Gibson RD, CDE

”With the support from ICD, I have better control of my blood sugar levels and am testing more frequently than I ever have.”

– Nishant, T1D Participant


“Diabetes [management] is the starting point for a discipline that helps me in everything I do in life.”

–  Michel, T1D Participant

“Site changes have been [Matt’s] struggle for years. After camp yesterday, Matt put on both a sensor and a new site all by himself. He really wanted to show us. He was so proud of himself. We can’t thank you enough for working with him!”

–  Kim, Parent of a T1D


“We attended our first ICD event with our 5 year old (and his siblings) last week. He has tried giving himself his insulin before, but never quite went through with it (fear, nerves, etc). The day after meeting other kids with T1D, our son said he would like to give himself his injection – and has been doing it all week long! We are very proud of him and know it was because he was encouraged by seeing others do the same.”

– Parent of T1D

“Since the trip, I have felt more confident in managing my diabetes. I think that these kinds of programs are very important in the diabetes community and would definitely recommend ICD programs to others.”

– Ana, T1D Participant

Our Results.

Overall Program Satisfaction

We are very proud to see that 100% of those surveyed were satisfied or strongly satisfied with the ICD program they experienced! If you have not been to one, check it out and see for yourself!

ICD Parent Workshops

91% of surveys found ICD parent workshops to be a valuable resource. Of those who were neutral (8%) said they “needed more time with the speakers” or “prefer to see the children play with the Elite Athletes”.

Who Wants More of ICD?

Of our last 100 participants surveyed, an overwhelming majority were eager to return to an ICD program!

Who Didn’t Learn Anything?

Support The Empowerment Fund.


Lift someone up and help transform their perspective!

Donating to ICD helps relieve families’ financial burdens so all can access this powerful support program.


¹ JDRF (N.D) Type 1 Diabetes. 11 Nov 2020.

² Canadian Pediatric Society 2017 New data shows more needs to be done to keep kids with diabetes safe at school. 11 Nov 2020.

³ Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee. Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada. Can J Diabetes. 2018;42(Suppl 1):S1-S325.

⁴ Diabetes Canada (N.D) About Diabetes – Type 1 Diabetes. 11 Nov 2020.

Last Updated: 04.13.2021

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