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Amy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1988, after a few months of being ill and a couple misdiagnoses (doctors tried to assure her mom it was just the flu)! She grew up going to Camp Huronda in the summer time from ages 8-20 where she met many of her closest friends, and made unbreakable bonds. She spends her days working in dentistry, and enjoying the outdoors with her wonderful boyfriend, friends, family (and dog!) both on and off her 50 acre home near Port Perry, Ontario. Amy adores anything in the outdoors, especially hiking and canoe tripping - often using her free time to guide and take personal trips! Being a part of this team is thrilling to her, it’s a chance to combine some of her favourite things- raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes (both for newly diagnosed individuals and those who’ve had diabetes for years), supporting an amazing charity and to top it all off getting to embark on a trip of a lifetime!
Alicia de la Rosa grew up in San Diego, Ca and ventured across the country to Philadelphia, Pa for college, where she graduated with a Bachelors in Film. Diagnosed a little over 2 years ago, she is determined to live the life she always wanted and not let this disease hold her back. She’s a huge sucker for sunsets and escapes to the beach anytime she can, to tan, run, or just listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, which typically involves stuffing her face at new locally owned restaurants or exploring the great outdoors. Traveling around the world and exposing herself to all sorts of cultures has always been a strong desire of hers and she’ll be taking new adventures soon. She obtained her travel bug from her mother, who was her strongest supporter and encouraged Alicia to apply for this team. Alicia holds dear to her heart the memory of her mother and knows she’ll be there in spirit experiencing the North Coast Trail with her. She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a motivating and enthusiastic team of those with Type 1 diabetes who wish to make a difference in the Type 1 diabetes community. She’s excited about this trek and to make new Type 1 friends with the same adventurous interests.
Allison lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids. Her world changed when she was diagnosed with T1D 5 years ago while in her mid-30s. In an effort to create a community and sense of belonging, Allison started a local Meetup group for adults living with T1D to provide an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and share with each other. Professionally, she leads a charitable organization that provides career exploration programs to youth. She is eternally curious, love challenges, and always looking for growth. The hike through Cape Scott is outside of Allison’s comfort zone and she can’t wait for the challenge!
Amanda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10 and since then her diabetes has been taking her on wild adventures! Amanda grew up in Aurora, ON but spent her summers in Huntsville at Camp Huronda where she learned of her love for canoe trips and the outdoors. She spent many summers as a camper and after completion of her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at McMaster University and obtaining her Certified Diabetes Educator she continued her summers at camp this time attending the canoe trips as their nurse. In the winter you can find her with a pair of skates, skis or her snowboard on her feet. Amanda is beyond excited for this opportunity to start another adventure and give back to an organization that has been an invaluable support network for her!
Becky is a 31-year-old Saskatchewan farm-girl living in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her huge-hearted husband. She loves novelty, adventure, and spending time with people doing active or creative things like swing dancing, hiking, gardening, moonlighting in musicals, or traveling. When Becky was 9, she was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, which was hard on her and her family, but she was fortunate enough to attend diabetes summer camp, where she gained confidence, perspective and friends who were like her. In being selected to join the CIM Adventure Challenge to Gros Morne National Park this August, Becky feels like a kid getting ready for diabetes summer camp again; She wants to learn to better manage her blood sugars while adventuring and look forward to injecting new energy into living well with DMI!
Blair was born in California to two Canadian parents, and she’s always been happiest when playing outside. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 at 14 years old in the middle of cross-country season. She’s grateful that being an athlete was already a big part of her identity and it fueled her motivation for learning everything she could about diabetes. Since then, she has learned most from being outside with others with diabetes who have similar interests. Blair is an accomplished collegiate distance runner, cyclist, and Ironman triathlete. If time allowed, she would spend all day every day running on trails. In her professional career, Blair uses her background in anthropology and journalism to promote the idea that peer support and experiential education play vital roles in sustainable health systems. She lives and surfs in San Diego, California, with her partner Peter who also has Type 1 diabetes.
Chantal Rodrigue grew up in Ottawa and now lives in Toronto while finishing up her diploma in Child and Youth work. She was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 3 and is lucky to have an extremely supportive family who have never let her think that T1D is something that should hold her back. That’s a message that Chantal always tries to share with friends, family, and anyone else who may be considered “different”. She also has a T1D sister who she will be sharing this experience with! They are both so excited for this opportunity and to be part of the team!
Christine Croteau was born and raised in Worcester, MA, USA. She acquired Type 1 diabetes secondary to a medication while in graduate school when she was 30. In the last 2 years, with lots of hard work, dedication support and connection she is taking charge of her life and living without limits! In the past 2 years Christine started long distance running, biking and swimming, completed her first marathon, lost 40lbs and became Vegan. In order to stay healthy and happy she spends much of my time being immersed in the things she loves most in life, being in nature, traveling, teaching yoga and meditation, making art, cooking, farming, spending time with family, friends and community groups.
Erik Douds is a global traveler who shares his and other explorer’s stories through the blog DiabetesAbroad.com. He is on a mission to collect a story and photo from every country in the world, proving that we can go anywhere with Type 1 diabetes. Based out of NYC, his passion lies in international environmental policy where he helps protect natural resources as a Sustainability Manager. Past work has brought him to designing a national park in Ethiopia, researching ocean basins with a NASA oceanographer, and celebrating the new year in the backcountry of New Zealand.
Anissa Gamble was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 8. Pursuing competitive hockey, she attended Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario for high school, and went on to play Division 1 NCAA hockey at Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While at RMU, she majored in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine and minored in chemistry. She is currently doing her masters in experimental surgery at the University of Alberta studying islet cell transplantation for Type 1 diabetes under the wing of Dr. Shapiro. This adventure is combining awareness for diabetes with the support of Connected in Motion and proving to myself and fellow diabetics were capable of anything we set our mind to.
Geneva grew up in Corrales, New Mexico, a small agricultural town located along the Rio Grande River. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 5 years ago when she was 17. Just a few months after her diagnosis, she started college at the University of New Mexico, and shortly after was accepted into an art program that took her on an intense trek throughout the southwest desert. Geneva found that while managing her diabetes in unwelcoming environments, from boiling hot afternoons in Texas to freezing nights in Colorado, she was able to overcome the physical limitations she thought would stop her from adventuring. Ever since she has sought out challenges that take her outdoors and affirm her confidence in her body’s ability to take her wherever she wants to go.
When he isn’t day dreaming about ripping down a mountain in knee deep powder, you can find Hank behind a camera. His passion for film and media began when he was a young child– seeing blockbuster films had him hooked. Whether it’s on a mountain, or inside a studio, the need to tell a story through images consumes his time. His love for the outdoors and filmmaking collide head-on in his role with Connected in Motion as their video producer. Hank is the man and the mind behind the CIM Adventure Challenge video project.
A Toronto resident, Ian Bulmer is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who loves running, climbing, napping, yoga and playing. He is married and is a father to two wonderful teens, Hannah (T1D) and Alexander. Ian is a lawyer, and works as a prosecutor for the Province of Ontario. He has worked as Trial Lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands prosecuting war crime cases from sub-Saharan Africa. He enjoys coaching recreational youth soccer in Toronto during the fall and spring.
Jen has grown up with Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed in 1987, she has never let diabetes stop her from pursuing her passion. Jen’s early beginnings as a campfire-loving, bug-catching, mud-puddle-jumping, tree-climbing tot sparked in her a love for the natural world that has been fostered and frown into a full-blown passion for everything outdoors. Jen has degrees in Kinesiology and Education and specializes in Outdoor and Experiential Health education. She is currently the Executive Director of Connected in Motion.
Jocelyn Rodrigue was born in Surrey, BC, where she lived for 6 years before moving to Regina, SK. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Ottawa, ON. Jocelyn was diagnosed with Type 1 on November 2, 2002, making her the second diabetic in the family (her younger sister was diagnosed at age 3). Moving around in her younger age made her anxious to leave Ottawa for university - she decided to go to Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. Although she fell in love with the province, and wanting explore more of it, she moved back to Ottawa to finish off her degree. Her enjoyment of hiking began on a family trip to Lac Sacacomie, QC where she and her sister spent many afternoons exploring the hiking trails. Since then, she tries to get up to the Gatineau Hills as often as she can.
Lucy is currently a Master of Design student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Her thesis project focuses on type 1 diabetes, specifically the impact of ‘diabetes burnout’ on mental health and wellbeing. During the past two years, Lucy has worked with others with Type 1 diabetes while researching and designing. By listening to their stories, experiences and advice, she has come to recognize the true value of the type 1 diabetes community. She is really looking forward to spending time out east with a new group of Type 1s!
Nick is an interesting character. He is a self-employed entrepreneur, restauranteur, fitness junkie, family man & loves “dad jokes”. His journey with Type 1 diabetes started in July 1999, just after graduating high school. He was one of only a handful of people his age group with Type 1 diabetes and has been (for quite some time) a “lone wolf” while advocating for his own health & wellness. No family history, no rhyme or reason why Type 1 diabetes arrived that day, but it changed his life forever, as he could no longer head down the career path of becoming a commercial pilot. The greatest turning point for him was 6 years ago when referred to St. Michael’s Hospital to start on an Animas insulin pump. That was the game-changer and made all the difference in the world. He has spent time with anybody he can find with Type 1 diabetes – random encounters in the world, internet chats with strangers who have questions, and then discovering the CIM group at the Canadian Diabetes Association T1D Expo in April 2016. He attended the Summer Slipstream in Bancroft near his home, and was totally hooked on the CIM group culture. This year marks Nick’s “half-life” with Diabetes – 18 years, and turning 36 years old. What a way to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of half a lifetime than with an amazing group of T1Ds while hiking Cape Scott, British Columbia. These days, Nick spends his time as a mortgage broker, working in his restaurant, taking care of 2 young boys (5 & 10 – who both know when Dad is “low” and needs a juice box!), camping, Geocaching with his family and enjoying life to the fullest.
Olivia Power is 20 years old and from Rothesay, New Brunswick. She is currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, studying business at Dalhousie University. Olivia was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 10 and has a special team of friends and family who support her with her condition every day. She is very excited to be a part of team CIM this year and is ready to make new connections and test her limits. Olivia wants to better understand and manage her blood sugars while embarking on her future endeavours and outdoor adventures. Her condition has never held her back from pursuing my goals, it has actually helped her learn and explore opportunities that will help her live a long healthy life with Type 1 diabetes.
Peter Vooys lives rurally, works remotely and travels historically. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and a member of the College of Teachers. He took his first canoe trip when he was six years old and hasn’t stopped since, to date logging 8000km of paddling and hiking. In 2013, Peter grabbed five other friends and paddled a voyageur canoe from the Rockies to Montreal in 120 days. Peter is sharing his love for the wilderness with Connected in Motion by coordinating CIM's Adventure Series. Peter is the lead guide of the Team CIM's Adventure Challenge in 2016.
Shaleen grew up in the tiny town of Geraldton, located in Northwestern Ontario. She moved to Ottawa in 2009 to study Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa. Here, she was lucky enough to meet her future husband in 2012. While planning their wedding during the summer of 2016, Shaleen started feeling extremely tired, was losing weight, and was experiencing extreme thirst. Thinking it was the flu or the stress of wedding planning, she postponed seeing her doctor until the thirst and fatigue became unbearable. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in August, 2016 at age 25. She is still learning how to handle the daily challenges that come with diabetes, but it hasn’t stopped her from doing the things she loves, including skiing, cooking, traveling with her husband, and cuddling with her Bernese mountain dog.
Tammy Hand grew up in Scarborough Ontario. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10 – sadly it was just after Halloween and her brother got to eat all of her candy. On the good side, she started going to Diabetic Camp where she got in touch with her natural self. Tammy spends her days at her dream job instructing at one of the Peel District School Boards Outdoor/Environmental Education Centres. To her, outside doing stuff, experiencing life = fun. Tammy is excited to be joining the CIM Adventure Team heading to Gros Morne this summer because she is stoked to explore a place she has never been, to push her limits and to spread the word to others that life with Type 1 Diabetes can be full of possibilities.
Vlad was born in Romania and came to Canada when he was 7 years old. He grew up in Toronto before moving to Vaughan at the beginning of his freshman year of high school. After high school, Vlad attended York University where he obtained his BA in Kinesiology - during his time at York, he was also a member of the Men's Varsity Basketball team for 4 years. In the summer of his last year of undergrad, Vlad was diagnosed with T1D. Although it was a big adjustment at first, he is still able to do all the things he loved doing before being diagnosed. Today Vlad spends his days learning how to educate the future of this country (he is currently in teachers college), but during his spare time he enjoy playing basketball, staying active, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. Vlad is excited to be a part of this team because it gives him the opportunity to step out of his comfort zone and try something new. He is also looking forward to meeting others in the T1D community and sharing our stories, experiences, and taking on this challenge together!