Sarah is an avid outdoors adventurer, but backcountry canoe tripping is her true love, and she has spent two incredible summers leading canoe trips at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park.
Being newly diagnosed, Sarah is nervous (terrified) but excited to be able to continue pushing herself on outdoor adventures and in her everyday life with the added twist of diabetes, and learn from other Type 1s all their tips, tricks, and how to embrace this new version of life. Sarah couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the Connected in Motion community and hopes to reaffirm her confidence and abilities through the daunting challenges of this trip, and empower other newly diagnosed Type 1s like her to leap wildly off the comfort zone cliff and live a life of adventure!
She was diagnosed with type 1 when she was 6 years old. She has always viewed type 1 as a 'challenge accepted', strengthening factor, and way to live a healthier life.
Katie has always been passionate about giving back to the type 1 community. The tipping point came when she co-founded a College Diabetes Network group for The Ohio State University, she realized this was an arena she wanted to dedicate a large portion of her life.
The determination to find leaders in the future of diabetes care led to an internship at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Colorado summer of 2015 spiraling into full-time employment on the Barbara Davis Center Pediatric Artificial Pancreas Team in 2016.
Katie knew the second she stepped into the center this was where she belonged. The Barbara Davis Center is full of energy, passion, and people working to heighten care for those with T1D. Outside of work, she has been a volunteer at the Children's Diabetes Foundation, Colorado Children's Hospital, medical staff for American Diabetes Association Camp Colorado, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health in order to obtain a Certified Diabetes Educator license to be able to further help those with type 1 diabetes.
Colorado continues to fill Katie's adventurous spirit and strong love of the outdoors.
She is most excited to connect with new people in the CIM Adventure Team Trek, push herself, and experience another adventure!
He returned to Dalhousie to finish his degree in Management, and after a short corporate foray, resigned his managerial career path five years ago, to once again return to nature and to see more of the world from the perspective of Canada’s North. While corporate life is not for him, Chris concluded that he could use his passion for fitness to help people, and in so doing, marry his background in business to his love of fitness. Consequently, he renovated and completed a comprehensive training studio. Chris also works with adults with intellectual and physical challenges.
He was diagnosed with T1D in 2015. In some ways it can be a challenge living in the North, but since his diagnosis, planning daily activities and healthcare have figured more prominently to maintain his active lifestyle. Throughout his journey though, Chris’s family has given new meaning to the word ‘support’.
Chris cannot wait to have this opportunity to meet other T1Ds, to challenge himself physically and mentally on this Adventure and, in the process, forge friendships through Connected in Motion.