Join the celebration to honour 100 years of insulin

On World Diabetes Day, November 14, from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. ET (with preshow starting at 5:45 p.m.), join Diabetes Canada and hundreds of people across the country, for a special free livestream celebration to honour the revolutionary Canadian discovery of insulin.

The free event will feature people impacted by diabetes, health-care providers and local entertainment from across Canada. You can also take part in our 50/50 raffle, bid for items at our silent auction, or purchase a Cause Box* to add to your at-home viewing experience (*unique to your province and includes special treats).

Join us to celebrate the Canadian discovery of insulin, people living with diabetes and those who care for them.

Ontario residents can sign up to attend the event in-person in London, Ontario.

This event is proudly supported by presenting sponsor Dexcom.

Additional ways to participate

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Thank you to our National Sponsors

Celebration Program

Each province will have their own program celebrating people living with diabetes, health-care providers and local entertainment.

Regional Highlights Atlantic Region

Health-care Provider Honoree

Rob Roscoe is a Clinical Consulting Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator who works as an independent community Pharmacist out of Rothesay New Brunswick. Rob promotes the essential role of pharmacists in diabetes management and care, focusing on education about improving diabetes management through medications and the impacts on overall health for his patients. His dedication and passion are clear in his expanded practice in collaborative diabetes clinics within family practitioners’ offices in New Brunswick. Rob has worked with Diabetes Canada on the Clinical Practice Guidelines and piloted a program along with a cardiologist from the Saint John Heart Center & the cardiac rehab clinic, helping vulnerable patients with diabetes and no family Doctor better manage their diabetes. He is one of the founding board members and author of the FIT Forum for Injection Technique Canada. He is an accredited author on several continuing medical education best practice articles and programs on diabetes management and sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board. Rob has been recognized by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, named as one of Canada's "Diabetes Champions for Canadian Pharmacists” Rob also had worked directly with the Diabetes Task Force reporting to the Ministry of Health in New Brunswick. Rob continuously takes action to End Diabetes through his passion for advancing the pharmacist role in diabetes patient care.

Person living with Diabetes Honoree

Guy Poole’s passion and dedication to raise funds and awareness for diabetes stems from the passing of his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) due to complications of diabetes in 2004. After Liz’s passing, Guy committed to walking almost 300 km for one year to raise funds and awareness in as many communities as he could. Guy continued his mission and since 2006 he has walked over 3,330km to raise funds for diabetes research.


The Stanfields are a multiple award-winning five-piece Folk’n’Roll band based in Halifax, Canada. Combining Rock music with solid nods to Celtic and Americana, the Stanfields have released seven albums, multiple singles, and have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

Regional Highlights Ontario

Health-care Provider Honoree

Dr. Cheng is an outstanding endocrinologist with international renown who is improving the clinical care of Canadians living with diabetes, through leadership, education and scholarship.

In addition to being highly respected for her leadership, education, and scholarly initiatives, she is also the creator of The Med Ed Pledge – an initiative to increase Diversity & Inclusion in continuing medical education.

Person living with Diabetes Honoree

Jamie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was only three years old. Later on, Jamie attended Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps where he had the support of a medical team at Camp Huronda and the friendship of his fellow campers also living with the disease.

Jamie Cleghorn and his friend, Max Armstrong started slinging lemonade in 2008 from their Put a Squeeze on Diabetes pop-up lemonade stand in their Leaside neighbourhood in Toronto in support of Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps program—a medically supervised summer camp for kids with type 1 diabetes.

Over the years Jamie and his friend established a nationwide chain of lemonade stands run by volunteers to raise substantial funds to support D-Camps.


Take a tour through University of Toronto’s Connaught Antitoxin Laboratories where the story of insulin production began. Be inspired as you learn the process of bringing insulin from bench to bedside with revolutionary results.

Thank you to our Ontario Sponsors

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Cause Box Delivery Sponsor

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Regional Friends Sponsor

Join us for this unique opportunity to celebrate World Diabetes Day in-person at the Banting House National Historic Site on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Enjoy a hot beverage and a treat as we come together to unveil the commemorative bricks, tour the museum and celebrate this milestone in Canadian history. Space is limited, so don’t miss out and reserve your time today!


Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut

Health-care Provider Honoree

Diabetes Research Envisioned and Accomplished in Manitoba (DREAM) is a key research theme at Children Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Type 2 diabetes is the fastest growing chronic illness in Canada, and Manitoba has one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in children in the world.

In 1985, leading diabetes doctors and investigator on DREAM, Dr. Heather Dean, discovered the first case of type 2 diabetes in a child. Since then, Manitoba and CHRIM has become one of the world’s top research centers for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Champion Honoree

Fay understands firsthand the daily challenges that come with diabetes and how it affects the whole family, that is why she continues to create awareness and fundraise to find a cure. Fay has raised close $45K and has completed more than five Diabetes Canada Team Diabetes destinations runs. Fay and her daughter Talena are participating in Lace Up to End Diabetes in 2021.


Brandi Vezina is a Winnipeg singer/songwriter whose authentic country roots are intertwined with rock and blues. She is a natural born performer who comes from a musical Metis family. Her biggest inspirations include Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and Miranda Lambert.

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British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon and Northwest Territories

Health-care Provider Honoree

Randeep Birdi is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Lab Facilitator with the Faculty of Pharmacy with the University of Alberta, Regional Chair of Diabetes Canada, Northern AB/NWT, and a Pharmacy Manager with Rexall Pharmacy. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Randeep works with patients to establish goals to promote their health and well-being in prevention and treatment of diabetes. He has participated in fundraising events with Team Diabetes and Lace Up to End Diabetes, organized a team of volunteers to support the Sikh Motorcycle Ride, and is a member of the Type 2 Conference and Peer Connect Alberta Advisory Committees. In 2016, Randeep was a recipient of Diabetes Canada’s Regional Outstanding Health-care Professional Award. He also received an award for Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year from Rexall.

Person living with Diabetes Honoree

Nel was diagnosed in January 1983. At the age of 42, she started a lifetime of learning, sharing, mentoring, and modelling what living with type 1 diabetes entails. We lost our dear friend Nel in May 2021, at the young age of 80, but she was a passionate advocate, supporter, and volunteered with Diabetes Canada for 38 years. She was a loyal advocate and supporter of all Diabetes Canada initiatives. Nel won the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, was the Recipient of the Diabetes Canada 2010 Regional Inspiration Award, 2008 Regional Volunteer of the Year, and National Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and 2018. Nel was an inspiration, mentor and most of all, a dear friend.

Wiklund vs Wiklund - a wild fire with grit in their teeth and passion in their soul!

With an infectious energy and raw honesty, this award winning acoustic duo are larger than life with their bold, roots rock sound. They are small town folk who grew up in the prairie hills of southern Manitoba, who left their humble beginnings on a pursuit to carve out a little piece of the performance life in the rocky mountain landscape of Alberta. The Wiklund's have accumulated hundreds of live performances across Canada and the USA, (100 performances in 2019 alone) including opening for Canadian country legend, Charlie Major and Canadian rock icon, Kim Mitchell. Muscular guitar riffs support powerful female blues rock vocals combined with thoughtful lyrics, blended harmonies and even the odd kazoo solo – Wiklund vs Wiklund will make ya “kick up your heels and hit ya right in the feels!”

Silent Auction