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DIABETES HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This program highlights the personal triumphs of young adults who face the many responsibilities associated with diabetes management significantly enriching their lives through community and extra-curricular activities and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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HOPE CONNECTS PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Recognizing the impact T1D has on students’ mental health and well-being, DHF created the Hope Connects Program to support students as they balance their T1D during their transition to post-secondary school.

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PEP Talks Program, Diabetes Caregiver Program, Caregiver Program

CAREGIVER PROGRAM

PEP TALKS: Parents Empowering Parents workshops give parents and caregivers of adolescents with T1D the opportunity to find a community of voices to collaborate with as they prepare for their child’s transition to post-secondary education and from pediatric to adult diabetes care.

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TRANSITION GUIDE

DHF’s Transition Guide features a searchable database for students with T1D to find their closest on and off campus diabetes supports, accommodations and more. Make more informed choices about where to go next year based on the resources available at college and university campuses across the country.LEARN MOREACCESS THE GUIDE

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TRANSITION WEBINARS

The specialized resources compiled from our webinar series focus on mental health, transition, exercise, nutrition and more. With such a broad range of resources available, they are an invaluable tool for anyone seeking to improve their overall health and wellness through transition and beyond.
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RESOURCE HUB

Diabetes Hope Foundation has compiled a variety of important and helpful tools and resources for youth, their families and caregivers, and diabetes educators to support a healthy and successful transition to post-secondary. Our Hub contains many links and downloadable resources – all free to use!

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Our Programs

Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program

SINCE 1999 | CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF HOPE

The Diabetes Hope Scholarship Program was established in 1999 to recognize youth in our community who have excelled in their academic achievements; demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and volunteerism in the community; and possess exemplary diabetes management practices. Our unique scholarship program is aimed at youth in their last year of high school who are turning 18 and are transitioning from pediatric diabetes programs to self-directed adult care. The program rewards and celebrates the personal triumphs of young adults who successfully manage their diabetes care while also excelling at academics, sports and/or community activities. To date, Diabetes Hope Foundation has awarded 900 education grants to young adults across Canada to support their post-secondary education.

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If it were not for the Diabetes Hope Scholarship I would not have had the experience of living away rom home. Not only did it help to finance that journey but it also gave me the confidence as a diabetic to go out on my own and have full control of every aspect of my life.

Marianne, 2004 Scholarship Recipient
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The DHF scholarship supported has opened so many doors for me and has been such a tremendous boost of confidence for me. Your support has been an integral part of my success to date and has helped me to lead such a full and exciting life. I cannot thank you enough for having given me this opportunity. It is something I will treasure for my lifetime. Living with diabetes is a constant challenge but it has afforded me unique opportunities. I recognize that there are many people involved who dedicate their time and efforts to the scholarship program and the support has made a huge difference in my life and continues to do so for many other youth and their families who live with diabetes. I will never forget DHF.

Jody, 2007 Scholarship Recipient
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Thank you so much for your generosity in awarding me with this scholarship. You have welcomed me into the DHF family, providing me with a support system for the rest of my life. You have shown me how to be a leader and I plan on giving back and contributing to the foundation. Most importantly, you have introduced me to many other diabetics that are sharing many of my experiences.

Naomi, 2009 Scholarship Recipient
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I would like to sincerely Thank You for your assistance – given in a time of need, and for the meaningful value this has brought to my life. The scholarship has helped to make a difference in developing my individualism as a diabetic, as I was transitioning into adulthood. Having been chosen as one of the many who have applied for the scholarship, has helped me expand my knowledge and skills in college. The first step in the career of my dreams was the most important, and it will never be forgotten. Thank you Diabetes Hope Foundation for making a significant change in my life!

Nikolinka, 2014 Scholarship Recipient
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I truly appreciate all the work you’ve done to make Diabetes Hope Foundation an amazing organization that supports thousands of lives, including mine. This scholarship helped me in many ways and not just financially. I feel like I became apart of this loving, caring family. I hope to help grow this organization whether it would be by volunteering or supporting future scholarship winners who are also living with the challenges of having diabetes.

Omar, 2015 Scholarship Recipient
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What I love about being a DHF Alumni is that there is so much diversity from where we are all from, who we are, what we study, and yet, diabetes unites us. I feel like I have found “my people” at DHF.

Aastha, 2019 Scholarship Recipient
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I want to recognize the work that DHF has done for hundreds of othe people living with diabetes. As I went through the scholarship appplication process, I learned a lot about what DHF offers, including the transition resources and mentorship program. It is the selfless work like this that makes living with diabetes easier, and your impact on the community is immense. I am excited to see how DHF grows in the future, and hope that I can one day make an
impact on the world as you have done.

Shams, 2023 Scholarship Recipient
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HOPE Connects Peer Support Program

SINCE 2011

Developed nearly a decade after the launch of the scholarship program, this alumni mentorship program was created in response to a growing need in the healthcare community for additional peer-to-peer social and academic support for transitioning students. The Hope Connects Peer Support Program is an initiative that has been developed by Diabetes Hope Foundation to provide a continuum of peer support for youth with diabetes who have transitioned into their post-secondary studies. The program matches 1st year university students with mentors from the Diabetes Hope Scholarship alumni based on similar academic and social backgrounds. Each mentor/mentee pair is matched for one full academic year; to date, the foundation has been successful in matching 144 pairs across Canada and beyond.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed mentoring with DHF. The experience of being able to connect with other youth living with diabetes has been quite rewarding. I have benefited greatly from receiving my scholarship and I look forward to continuing to give back to the foundation.

Ryan, 2008 Scholarship Recipient
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It’s been great to be able to give Mentees my perspective as someone who has been through a lot of what they are going through. I want to continue mentoring, and help someone else with their aspirations.

Amanda, 2005 Scholarship Recipient
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I enjoy coaching and helping others and as a Mentor, it is a great feeling to assist others to succeed in their journey through University. I see life as a dynamic give-and-take situation. Through experiences, I believe that the more we can share and learn from one another, the more each of us will benefit.

Elizabeth, 2011 Scholarship Recipient
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I became a Mentor as a way to pay forward the amazing opportunity I was provided with. Not only did I receive a scholarship, but I had an amazing Mentor to help me with my transition. I wanted to give the same experience I had to another scholarship recipient.

Karl, 2012 Scholarship Recipient
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I became a Mentor to help provide someone else with the opportunities that I had experienced. As a way of thanking DHF for both the scholarship and the support I received, I will continue to pay it forward by participating in this fantastic program and helping out a new recipient.

Alyssa, 2012 Scholarship Recipient
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My experience as a Mentor has been great. I have also seen the program grow as well as the impact it has had for Mentees. I want to continue to encourage new high school grads to pursue what they are passionate about and be there to offer them support and advice along the way.

Brigitte, 2010 Scholarship Recipient
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When I received my scholarship I was paired with my Mentor and it was great to have someone to relate and talk to. We are friends and continue to maintain a relationship. The following year I became a Mentor and was able to pass on expertise and be there to offer my support for a new DHF scholarship recipient.

Janet, 2011 Scholarship Recipient
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Diabetes Hope Foundation is different from others because it gives hope. Hope for the future, to em-bark on post secondary education with knowledge, skills, and support. Diabetes is a very emotional thing, and sometimes we just need someone or something to lean on for support, and encouragement. As a scholarship recipient, I was also fortunate enough to have been able to attend the DHF Youth retreat in 2013 with my hospital, and I can definitely say it left a mark on me. Not only did I have a weekend full of fun, understanding, education, and joy, but also I was able to take that all away with my after. I was fortunate enough to have met an amazing group of people, who I am still friends with today. We have built a bond like no other, and for that I am thankful. I am thankful to have met amazing people, and to have built friendships that I know will last for a lifetime.

Elisa, 2017 Scholarship Recipient
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I want to recognize the work that DHF has done for hundreds of othe people living with diabetes. As I went through the scholarship appplication process, I learned a lot about what DHF offers, including the transition resources and mentorship program. It is the selfless work like this that makes living with diabetes easier, and your impact on the community is immense. I am excited to see how DHF grows in the future, and hope that I can one day make an
impact on the world as you have done.

Shams, 2023 Scholarship Recipient
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‘PEP Talks’ Caregiver Program

SINCE 2021

At Diabetes Hope Foundation, we recognize that diabetes impacts parents and caregivers too, so in 2021 we launched our ‘Let’s Talk About It Workshop’ to provide a space for caregivers to come together and talk about the highs and lows of T1D.

With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), we have expanded this impactful program for caregivers in the Halton/Peel Regions. Enhancing the original “Let’s Talk About It” workshop, caregivers can now participate in a four-part virtual workshop series focused on getting the tools, information and support they need to navigate the transition to post-secondary school and beyond!

PEP Talks will give parents and caregivers of adolescents with T1D in Halton/Peel Regions the opportunity to find a community of voices to collaborate with as they prepare for their child’s transition from secondary to post-secondary education and from pediatric to adult diabetes care.

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