About Diabetes Hope Foundation

Health, Opportunity, Power & Excellence Since 1999

Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF) was created in 1999 by the Founder and Chair, Barbara Pasternak, who has three children, two of whom live with type 1 insulin dependent diabetes. As her boys grew and made their way through the medical system, Barbara became acutely aware of gaps in the healthcare system for youth with diabetes.

Diabetes Hope Foundation was created to fill that gap and help families struggling with the financial and emotional challenges of children living with diabetes. We believe that by focusing on these youth, we can create healthier and more productive adults tomorrow.

Our programs reward, empower and provide peer education and support for youth in transition to enable them to live successfully WITHIN and BEYOND diabetes. Working closely with medical and healthcare professionals specializing in youth and diabetes across Ontario, Diabetes Hope Foundation continues to respond to the changing needs of these youth by providing programs and support when and where they need it most. With our help, these children can grow to adulthood with greater awareness of the importance of proper management of their diabetes, greater confidence and self-esteem and the ability to live as healthy and productive adults.

Since 1999, Diabetes Hope has worked in partnership with corporations, families and community partners to support over 1,000 families with diabetes across Canada. Through these partnerships we are working to support children and youth with diabetes by:

  • Providing financial and peer social support to enable youth to achieve their full potential;
  • Promoting greater awareness of the importance of proper management of their diabetes;
  • Inspiring greater self-confidence to build peer role models and support at-risk teens; and
  • Encouraging youth to ‘Pay-it-Forward’ to build healthier communities.

Our Mission is achieved through the delivery of our core community health programs

To find out more about our programs, please contact us at info@diabeteshopefoundation.com.