ADVENTURE TEAM ALUMNI

TOTAL AWESOMENESS TO DATE:

$75,738

Amy Burrows

2016 Adventure Team | Beaverton, Ontario, Canada

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

2017 Adventure Team | Escondido, California, USA

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 Mitchell

2017 Adventure Team | Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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 Coschi

2017 Adventure Team | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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!

Anna Groeling

2018 Adventure Team | Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA

Anna grew up surrounded by Colorado's mountain range. The Rocky Mountains frame the sun well during a sunrise and sunset, and she's excited to explore the Kootenay Mountains. Anna now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado where she earned her journalism degree and Spanish minor May 2017. As of writing this bio, Anna saw about twelve dogs on my hike last weekend. She stopped to pet most of them when able. While a casual hiker, with some camping experience, Anna loves a challenge and the chance to connect with other Type 1s. She was diagnosed with Type 1 as a child and use a MiniMed insulin pump. Anna is passionate about education, the outdoors, dogs and waking up early enough to drink coffee before starting the day.

Autumn Watkinson

2018 Adventure Team | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Autumn is a PhD student at the University of Alberta, researching habitat restoration for endangered prairie species. She grew up in Parry Sound, ON on the shores of Georgian Bay and has always had a love of the outdoors. She was diagnosed with T1D in 1996 and uses a MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump.

Becky Marval

2016 Adventure Team | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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 Ryan

2017 Adventure Team Photographer | Del Mar, California, USA

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

Adventure Team 2016 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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!

Charlie Campagnaro

2018 Adventure Team | Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Charlie is 58 years old, and one of 8 children. His parents are 90 and 86 and still live on their own - his 90 year old father still drives. The father of four adult children, 3 boys and a girl - each of them were his inspiration for applying for this years Adventure Team. Charlie and his beautiful wife Rosanna live in Guelph, Ontario, where they have resided their entire lives. His wife and children have done their best to learn about Charlie’s diabetes and keep him on the right track, as hard as that is at times.

Chris Hawley

2018 Adventure Team | Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada

Chris Hawley sailed into this world, the fourth child and only son to a Nova Scotian Maritime family. Part way through his studies at Dalhousie, Chris decided on a hiatus to pursue a real life education, to travel the world or, as some romanticise, to ‘find yourself’. He spent a year living and working in Scotland. Exploring the countryside, hiking, and running up mountain paths brought him closer to some of his roots and gave him a jumping off point to explore Europe and the Mediterranean. It was on this yearlong journey that Chris learned more about himself and the world surrounding him. It was now clear that travel would become a life-long- learning endeavour.

Christine Croteau

2016 Adventure Team | Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

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.

Ellie Fraser

2018 Adventure Team | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Ellie was born in Toronto, ON and has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 20 years. She may have grown up in the city, but Ellie developed a love for the outdoors spending every summer kayaking in Charlevoix, and canoe tripping with Camp Huronda. Ellie moved 4 years ago to Squamish, BC where she completed her Bachelor's of Arts and Science at Quest University Canada specializing in neuroscience. Specifically, Ellie is passionate about learning and memory and developmental neuroscience. In BC, she has taken advantage of the beautiful landscape, swimming, skiing, and hiking. Ellie is incredibly excited to be joining the Connected in Motion adventure team to raise awareness about Type 1, challenge herself, and connect with other folks living with Type 1.

Erik Douds

2017 Adventure Team | New York, New York, USA

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.

Gamble (Anissa)

2017 Adventure Team | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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 Boliek Poling

2017 Adventure Team | Corrales, New Mexico, USA

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.

Hank Devos

2016/2017/2018 Adventure Team Film maker | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.

Ian Bulmer

Adventure Team 2016 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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 Hanson

2016/2017/2018 Adventure Team Guide | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

2016 Adventure Team | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

Katie Thivener

2018 Adventure Team | Denver, Colorado, USA

Katie Thivener was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio in a close community always surrounded by supportive and caring family and friends.

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.

Lucy McGroaorty

2016 Adventure Team | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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!

Maggie Crawford

2018 Adventure Team | San Diego, California, USA

Maggie Crawford loves playing in the mountains and in the ocean. Her best days are spent playing outside from sunup til sundown. Maggie has type 1 diabetes and enjoys taking it along surfing, climbing, trail running, and mountain biking. She is pursuing her PhD in Public Health, where she focuses on helping people manage their diabetes. Maggie will be joining the team as Team Photographer.

Marcia Ross

2018 Adventure Team | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Marcia never really got over her love of summer camp; she was thrilled to find herself back in a canoe when she discovered CIM in 2017. She enjoys just about any outdoor activity and is also a keen tennis and squash player. Marcia has three children and one grandchild, loads of energy, a freelance marketing career, and a love of wit and wordplay.

Nick Reed

2017 Adventure Team | Belleville, Ontario, Canada

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

2017 Adventure Team | Rothesay, Nova Scotia, Canada

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.

Paul Chalmers

2018 Adventure Team | Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Paul Chalmers lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario and works full-time for U-Haul. He also is completing his BA in Business Management. Paul loves long walks on the beach, snowboarding, reading and hanging with friends. He loves Slipstreams and looks forward to the chance to meet new friends and connect with old ones (that you haven't seen in 16 years from before you both had diabetes - seriously, that happened). Paul is excited to learn new and interesting ideas about diabetes. Interesting Fact: In 2016, Paul received Niagara's 40 under 40 business award for young leaders in the Niagara area.

Peter Vooys

2016/2017 Adventure Team Guide | Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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.

Sarah Gaughan

2018 Adventure Team| Lakefield, Ontario, Canada

Sarah is 22 years old and from small-town Lakefield, Ontario! She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just last summer while finishing her degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Sarah is now back in Ontario working as a veterinary assistant and working towards her ultimate goal: getting into vet school.

Shaleen Huphries

2017 Adventure Team | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

Stephi Walker

2018 Adventure Team Guide | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stephi grew up in Scotland playing in the wild North Sea and watching David Attenborough documentaries. Her taste for adventure only grew as she completed an honours degree in Environmental Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh and she hasn’t stopped moving since. Stephi has guided trips all over the world – Tanzania, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, Greenland, Antarctica – and extensively within Canada. She’s a passionate whitewater canoeist and kayaker, multi-day hiker and sea-kayaker. Stephi is excited to share her love for the wilderness with Connected in Motion by coordinating CIM’s Adventure Series.

Tammy Hand

2016 Adventure Team | Bradford, Ontario, Canada

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.

Tina Sartori

2018 Adventure Team | London, Ontario, Canada

Tina has been rocking the world of living with T1 for 25 years. Her connection to the T1 community and outdoor adventures started at Camp Huronda where she worked for 17 summers, the final few as the Assistant Director. She was thrilled at the idea of an organization like CIM coming to fruition after her camp days ended as she realized the strength and knowledge of a T1 community is vital for managing this disease. Tina has some experience in the outdoors, but nothing like what the Rockwall has in store. She has taken on her 25th diaversary as one for celebrating living well with type one and doing big things! She has taken Adam Brown’s writing in Bright Spots and Landmines to heart, with regards to eating and insulin management and is currently training for a half marathon with CIM in Ottawa on May 27. The Rockwall Trail will be the grand finale! She is the Executive Director at Montessori Academy of London, where she tries to get on every outdoor field trip as possible, and lives in the city with her husband Kary and 9 year old son William. Together they share a passion for fishing and baseball.

Vlad Velici

2016 Adventure Team | Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

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!