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Gros Morne Adventure Challenge – The Team

By May 12, 2016Fresh Air Blog

Follow us on our Trek!

Trek will begin on Sunday August 7.

Amy Burrows
Port Perry, Ontario
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!
CIM programs offer opportunities to take information taught INSIDE the diabetes clinic OUTSIDE into the real world.
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Lucy McGroarty
Vancouver, British Columbia
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!
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Jocelyn Rodrigue
Ottawa, Ontario
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.
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Christine Croteau
Worcester, Massachusetts
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.
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Vlad Velici
Vaughn, Ontario
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!
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Chantal Rodrigue
Toronto, Ontario
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!
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Tammy Hand
Bradford, Ontario
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 nature 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 am 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.
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Becky Marval
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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!
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Ian Bulmer
Toronto, Ontario
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.
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Peter Vooys
Guide - Tyrone, Ontario
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.
Hank Devos
Film Maker - Toronto, Ontario
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.
Jen Hanson
Guide - Toronto, Ontario
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.