Kids 'n' Us:

Families Facing Diabetes Conference



Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Edmonton Chapter

17321 108 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB  T5S 1G2

t: 780.428.0343

f: 780.428.0348

e:  edmonton@jdrf.ca

The 2011 Conference was held on Saturday, April 30th at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre in Edmonton.  Based on the evaluations, it was an overwhelming success.


The conference benefitted this year from the generosity of both Animas and Medtronic who each sponsored special guest speakers. 


Upon popular request, Animas brought back Joe Solowiejczyk, the 2010 keynote speaker, who spoke with the teen group for the full morning, the 'tweens' and older children after lunch, and finished with a presentation to the parents. Our sincere thanks go to Ward Clark, Joe Solowiejczyk, and the whole Animas team. 


Medtronic sponsored a visit by Canadian Olympic athlete and founder of ichallengediabetes Chris Jarvis who gave a presentation to parents, spoke with 'tweens' and older children, then joined in the 'guy talk' teen session.  We truly appreciate the support of Medtronic, Ryan Wong, and Chris Jarvis.  See the Local Events page for more information on Summer 2011 camps for kids with T1D hosted by Chris Jarvis.


The delicious barbeque lunch buffet and itemized carb count cards received rave reviews again and will be maintained along with the pack-your-own-snack buffet for the children.  Nursing students will be in charge of signing children in/out of care and ensuring that snacks are eaten when and as needed. 


Suggestions for the 2012 conference include maintaining the full day of teen programming, and having guest speakers and/or entertainers visit the childcare rooms.  Requested topics include Sports/Activity with T1D, Advanced Insulin Pumping, Resistance to Diabetes Management, Parent and Sibling Support, Issues with Younger Children, School/Childcare Support, and Tips & Techniques for Better Control.  Due to scheduling difficulties, the 2012 Kids 'n' Us: Families Facing Diabetes will be held in the fall.  Set the date on your calendars for October 20, 2012. 





Chateau Louis

Conference Centre

11727 Kingsway Avenue






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