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