Ride Ambassadors

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Meet Jeff

“The JDRF Ride is an event I have participated in for years with my company, BentallGreenOak. It is a great way to connect with colleagues and friends in the real estate industry (as part of the Real Estate Ride!) to support a great cause.  

In early 2021, my participation in the JDRF Ride and with JDRF in general, took on new meaning when my then four-year-old niece, Georgia Tanaka, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. T1D is a tough diagnosis for anyone – but especially for someone so young (and for her parents, where the responsibility for her treatment resides until she is older). I continue to participate in the JDRF Ride and support the organization so that ground-breaking research can continue and the lives of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, like Georgia, will (soon!) be a bit easier when we ultimately find a cure for T1D.” 

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Meet Agreen

"The JDRF Ride is very important to me. It empowers me to raise awareness and fundraise for T1D in such a fun and interactive way. As someone with T1D, I understand the importance of finding a cure." 
"T1D has affected many lives including my family and friends. I know that they worry for my well-being and it would mean the world to me to find a cure. I would love to be able to go on a bike ride without the worries of my blood sugar dropping or to be able to eat dinner without the concerns of an insulin overdose." 
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Meet Greg

“Witnessing a close friend receiving the news of his 5-year-old boy’s diagnosis of T1D inspired me to get involved! As a parent of a healthy child, I owed it to him and all parents of children with T1D to help raise funds, increase awareness and work towards a cure. After all, as Canadians we have a history of great discoveries for diabetes. 

Being involved on the Ontario Ride Cabinet and leading a national campaign for my employer, Raymond James, certainly add to my professional profile. These outside involvements say more about us than any designation or professional credential. People don’t care how much you know; they want to know how much you care!” 

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Meet Sasha

JDRF is “doing everything in their power to solve the mystery of T1D by allocating these funds to research, prevention, treatment, and education. JDRF has contributed to the ongoing technological advances that make my children’s lives easier for managing T1D.” 

The Ride “has empowered me by transforming despair into hope, and by turning T1D victims into advocates. It is so rewarding to be a part of such a tremendous outpouring of support and positive energy that serves as an excellent team-building event for all Scotiabankers at the same time.” 

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Meet Sandra 

"I have always found it very important to be involved in a cause that is close to my heart and especially when it involves children! Even before my nephew Julien was diagnosed, I took part in the Ride every year to make a difference for those affected by the disease and because there is nothing more rewarding than giving back! Now that I have a family member living with this disease, I am even more sensitive to the cause!"