Join team JDRF in Ottawa this October!

by Patrick Tohill, Government Relations Director at JDRF

It’s that time of the year again! We’re opening submissions for Kids for a Cure 2018, an exciting advocacy initiative in which JDRF gets youth from across Canada together to impact the future of diabetes research.

We are seeking 24 youth delegates to represent Canadians with type 1 diabetes on Parliament Hill this fall. Delegates will help Canada’s decision-makers better understand the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes and the importance of funding research to help those with the disease live easier, healthier, safer lives until a cure can be found.

Our ideal delegate is articulate, outgoing and passionate about creating a world without T1D. Applicants should also fall between the ages of 4-18 at the time of the event.

So how does it work?

JDRF will cover the costs of airfare, accommodation, meals and ground transportation for those applicants selected as Kids for a Cure 2018 delegates and one parent or guardian.

Those selected as Kids for a Cure youth delegates are expected to complete a scrapbook designed to help them tell their T1D story and participate in mandatory training sessions (two online and one in person on the day of arrival in Ottawa).

Here are the details:

Event Date: October 28-30th, 2018

Location:  Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Eligibility: Aged 4 to 18 on October 30th.

Application Deadline: Tues., July 31st, 2018 by MIDNIGHT EDT.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Record and upload a one minute video telling us why we need you on Team JDRF.

Is this you? We’d love to hear from you? Do you know of anyone who would be a great fit? Share this article with them!

Please note that we expect to receive four applications for every one delegate chosen. While we appreciate everyone’s effort in completing the application, we cannot guarantee participation. All applicants, successful or otherwise, will be notified in late August.

And remember, you can support JDRF Advocacy even if you’re not selected. Simply tick the box saying you’d like to join our Advocates list when completing your application.

We welcome any comments, questions or concerns you may have about this event, so please reach out at

Good luck to all applicants!