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Volunteer Spotlight

The Diabetes Canada volunteer spotlight is just one of the ways we honour and show gratitude to our tireless volunteers.

Read about a few of our award-winning volunteers and how they've made a difference in the lives of those living with and affected by diabetes from coast-to-coast. If you're inspired, please consider joining us!

Sarah Struther

Youth advocate

Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of seven, Sarah attended D-Camps for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. She later volunteered at the Saskatchewan Family Camp as a mentor for kids.

As part of the Saskatchewan Advocacy Committee, Sarah has given talks and presentations on diabetes-related issues to a wide variety of audiences, including politicians. She understands the needs and aspirations of young people living with diabetes and speaks passionately on their behalf.

What inspires her?

It’s important being part of a diabetes community and being able to advocate for yourself and others. It helps spread education and awareness of the disease. Also, it’s another source of support for people living with diabetes.

Debbie Sissmore

Volunteer spokesperson

Debbie Sissmore has been a volunteer spokesperson for Diabetes Canada since 2009, talking to the public and media about living a healthy, active life with type 1 diabetes. She's also a volunteer member of the editorial advisory board for Diabetes Dialogue.

Though Debbie lost her sight at the age of 30 due to diabetes-related complications, she hasn't let anything stop her from living a productive life.

Debbie has run in three Diabetes Canada fundraising events in Peterborough, Ont., and, as honorary chair, gave a motivational talk before each race. In 2018, she presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health about the need for continued funding for type 1 diabetes research.

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