Message From the Chair

Barbara Pasternak

2017 was another year of change and progress for Diabetes Hope Foundation as we continue to grow an develop new programs for children and youth with diabetes. This year, our National Scholarship program was expanded to include the province of Manitoba, new partnerships were developed to launch the 3rd edition of our Guide for Successful Transition to College and University, and Diabetes Hope Foundation’s Alumni Mentorship Program was expanded to include a NEW peer support program for youth with concurrent chronic illnesses.

We’re proud to be working with a wide range of dedicated alumni volunteers who are committed to ‘paying it forward’ to support the next generation of youth living with diabetes. With support from our healthcare, government, and corporate partners, there has been a renewed groundswell of commitment from our alumni to improve services in the community for at-risk and transitioning teens.

Over the last 19 years, Diabetes Hope Foundation has invested over $9.5 million into communities across Canada to provide peer education and financial support for 2,472 families and youth living with diabetes. In the next year, as we head into our 20th year, I hope that the foundation will continue to build upon its legacy of providing hope and inspiration for the most hard-to-reach youth with diabetes in our community.

Next year, Diabetes Hope Foundation will continue to work with a cross-generation of DHF Alumni and community partners to develop innovative youth-led community initiatives that will support the unique needs of transitioning teens and millennials living with diabetes.

Our success would not be possible without the ongoing support of our donors, partners, Board and volunteers. We thank you for your ongoing support of our programs, and hope that you will join us next year as we celebrate 20 years of hope!

Our strength comes from YOU, and together we are able to inspire today’s youth to dream, grow and achieve their goals in life.

Together we are making a difference.

Many thanks, Barbara