Diabuddies is an awareness campaign focused on ensuring that students with Type One Diabetes (T1D) are safe, empowered, and accepted within their school community. We have educated over 16,000 students and 800+ staff members about proper T1D management by going into over 60 schools across Canada!

I Challenge Diabetes’ Diabuddies school presentations are provided by passionate parents, T1D youth volunteers, and elite athlete speakers. These presentations offer education on T1D, breaking down misconceptions and empowering students and staff.

We want to increase awareness about T1D across Canada and showcase that even with a chronic disease, a healthy, successful life can be achieved with the right support.

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Types of Diabuddies Services Offered

We are increasing awareness about T1D by school presentations provided by passionate parents, T1D youth volunteers and elite athlete speakers. These presentations offer education on T1D, breaking down misconceptions and empowering students and staff.

Having a Diabuddies speaker connects our leaders with the student body, offering an opportunity for the whole school (or a class) to learn about and be inspired by overcoming health challenges!

Discussion topics and speakers vary in every Family Workshop. In the very first Family Workshop, we had wonderful speakers including a Principal Helen Jarvis, who provided tips on advocating in school; Gabreilla Simo from Diabetes Canada, who provided an overview on the draft PPM 161; Dana Greenberg a T1D mom, who talked about the Roadmap to Independence  that she used for her child who recently was awarded the Governor General Award; and Elaine Wilson R.N from Trillium Health Partners, who provided guidance on how to create a plan for T1d kids in school. Discussion topics and speakers for the next workshop may vary and will be announced along with the workshop.

A Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) is issued by the Ministry of Education to district school boards and school authorities. It is a policy directive and should not be confused as legislation.

Particularly, PPM 161 requires school boards to develop policies to support students with diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and those at risk of anaphylaxis. It describes what should be included in the school boards’ policies.

Look for Family Workshop Events

Also, stay tuned on ICD’s social media pages to receive the latest updates on when the next family workshop will be organized. We have official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Discussion topics and speakers vary in every Family Workshop. In the very first Family Workshop, we had wonderful speakers including a Principal Helen Jarvis, who provided tips on advocating in school; Gabreilla Simo from Diabetes Canada, who provided an overview on the draft PPM 161; Dana Greenberg a T1D mom, who talked about the Roadmap to Independence  that she used for her child who recently was awarded the Governor General Award; and Elaine Wilson R.N from Trillium Health Partners, who provided guidance on how to create a plan for T1d kids in school. Discussion topics and speakers for the next workshop may vary and will be announced along with the workshop.

Yes, we encourage you to bring your children along to the Family Workshop. While caregivers engage in fruitful discussion and listen to speakers, children enjoy fun gym activities organized by our ICD team!

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We understand that in order to provide a better learning environment, it is important for educators to learn about T1D. Under the Kids In School Initiative, ICD is proud to have provided education to teachers and instructors who teach T1D students. Our team of experienced professionals continue to provide a wide spectrum of education, from the basics of diabetes to training on the use of Glucagon!

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FAQs

The Diabuddies presentation can truly be targeted at any age group, however most typically we present to groups from JK to grade 8.

Yes! We can present to the entire student body, or just the home room class – whatever works best for the school/student.

We generally cover the following topics in the presentations:

  • Speaker introduces themselves
  • How do you get T1D?
  • Differentiate between type 1 and type 2
  • The role of nutrition/carbs
  • How to test blood sugar
  • What is insulin & how to give it
  • How classmates can be supportive and helpful

Fill out a form by clicking HERE. A member of the ICD team will reach out to you to schedule a tour!

The fee for the Diabuddies program is $200 per school. This can be made as a payment directly from the school, or fundraised through students and families. Some ideas for the fundraising option are, bake sale, toonie drive, or talent show. We also encourage corporate sponsorship! Contact us for more details or with any questions about Diabuddies.

Watch the full length video below to see more about ICD’s Diabuddies campaign!

Resources for Parents, Teachers & School Administrators

During our school tours over the last several years, we asked both school staff and parents for their feedback, and what we heard is that more resources are needed! We are answering that call by providing our Teacher and Parent Resource Packages, curated through partnerships with [email protected], the Ontario Ministry of Education, The Hospital for Sick Children, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and by Kids in School Campaign Chair, Lisa Geelen. Click on the cover pages to access a wealth of resources. PPM documents are specific to Ontario schools.

Additional Resources

[email protected]

Video Series

Diabetes Canada

Advocacy in School Tip Sheet

Ontario Ministry of Education

Guideline for Diabetes Management

Government of Alberta

Guideline for Diabetes Management

     
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