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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Diabetes champions honored with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals
Canadian Diabetes Association proudly announces medal recipients

TORONTO, ONTARIO (February 26, 2 013) – The Canadian Diabetes Association is honoured to acknowledge 30 recipients with Diamond Jubilee commemorative medals representing outstanding Canadians who provide essential diabetes support. Recipients include hard working volunteers who help raise funds, support research for a cure and passionate advocates who raise awareness for the cause and a compelling voice for Canadians living with diabetes. Winners also include dedicated healthcare professionals working on the front lines to help people manage their disease every single day.

Across Canada, 60,000 Canadians, including individuals in the diabetes community are being recognized for their contributions to their community and country earning this prestigious Diamond Jubilee medal.

“These medal recipients demonstrate a true dedication to making a difference in the lives of the more than nine million Canadians who live with diabetes or prediabetes,” says Doug Macnamara, President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association. “On behalf of the Association, I would like to congratulate all recipients for their tremendous contributions to the diabetes community and express our sincere appreciation for all who were nominated.”

The Diamond Jubilee Medal Program was created by the Government of Canada to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne as the Queen of Canada. Members of the general public were asked to nominate individuals for the medal program, which is administered by the Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

Medal recipients recognized for their remarkable work in the diabetes community include:

Aden Brubacher – Elmira, ON
Alice Van Ankum – Drayton, ON
Dr. Anne Kenshole – Toronto, ON
Dr. Brian Rodrigues – Vancouver, BC
Dr. Bruce Verchere – Vancouver, BC
Dr. Dan Metzger – Vancouver, BC
Dr. David Miller – Vancouver, BC
Doreen Hatton – Vancouver, BC
Fran Moreau – Midland, ON
George Steiner – Toronto, ON
Hannah Martin – Sault St.Marie, ON
Dr. Herbert Gaisano – Toronto, ON
Irma Ternan – Harriston, ON
John Bowles – Vancouver, BC
John Camelford – Guelph, ON
Dr. John Hunt – Vancouver, BC
Ken Wade – Dryden, ON
Dr. Kwang Yang – Surrey, BC
Louise Marshall – Eden Mills, ON
Mary Durnford – Cambridge, ON
Dr. Maureen Clement – Armstrong, BC
Dr. Michael Vallis – Halifax, NS
Nel Peach – Vancouver, BC
Peter McDougall – Fredericton, NB
Robert Gawley – Regina, SK
Sebastien Sasseville – Quebec City, QC
Shawn Shepheard – Toronto, ON
Sue Schaefer – Victoria, BC
Dr. Tom Best – Saskatoon, SK
Vince Perdue – Sudbury, ON

“Medal presentation ceremonies are being held across Canada to celebrate these outstanding individuals who are committed to helping people and the fight against diabetes,” adds Macnamara.
“The mission of the Association is brought to life through the actions of our volunteers. The contributions of these medal recipients are an example of the Association’s dedicated work across Canada.”

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Canadian Diabetes Association presents National Advocacy Leadership Award to Shawn Shepheard


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (October 22, 2012) – The Canadian Diabetes Association has presented Shawn Shepheard of Pickering, Ontario with the 2012 National Advocacy Leadership Award. This prestigious national award recognizes exemplary leadership, commitment and dedication to advancing public policy in the interests of people living with diabetes.

Mr. Shepheard is a speaker, facilitator and author who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago. He has drawn upon his professional skills and personal experience to change the lives of people living with diabetes throughout the country.

Mr. Shepheard was presented with the 2012 National Advocacy Leadership Award in recognition of his impact as a diabetes community leader and role model. Over the years, his contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association have spanned every level of the organization, from coast-to-coast, including many significant contributions to the advocacy efforts of the Association such as:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Workshop facilitator
  • Advocacy trainer
  • Ontario Advocacy Committee Chair
  • National Advocacy Council member, Vice Chair and Chair

“Shawn is a most deserving recipient of the 2012 National Advocacy Leadership Award. Under his leadership, the National Advocacy Council not only thrived, but also expanded its overall presence and impact on the Association’s membership and Canadians with diabetes as a whole,” said Glen Doucet, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Canadian Diabetes Association. “Those who have had the chance to meet and work with Shawn are inspired to achieve greater things for people living with diabetes in Canada.”

“The Canadian Diabetes Association is thrilled to formally acknowledge the outstanding work of our volunteers and supporters through our national awards program. Volunteers are critical to the success of our mission delivery,” said Michael Cloutier, President & CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association. “Shawn Shepheard has demonstrated a true dedication to making a difference in the lives of the more than nine million Canadians who are living with diabetes or prediabetes. On behalf of the Association, I’d like to congratulate Shawn for his tremendous contributions and express our sincere appreciation for all those who were nominated.”

Mr. Shepheard was recognized at the Association’s National Awards Presentation recently held in Vancouver. The event is held in conjunction with the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Professional Conference and National Annual General Meeting. The 15th Annual Canadian Diabetes Association and Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professional Conference brings together more than 2,000 leading diabetes clinicians, researchers and educators from across Canada and around the world to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences on diabetes.

The conference serves as an important opportunity to collaborate and share the latest ground-breaking research aimed at helping those with diabetes to live healthier lives while the Association and researchers they fund continue to work towards finding a cure.

Shawn Shepheard

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