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Slipstreams: 2018 Atlantic Slipstream

October 26 - October 28

Atlantic Slipstream


October 26-28, 2018

Brigadoon Village

WHAT: 2018 Atlantic Slipstream
WHERE: Brigadoon Village, Aylesford, Nova Scotia
WHEN: October 26 – October 28, 2018
WHO: Adults (19+) with Type 1 diabetes and their 5.5er family member or friend (19+)
CONTACT: Erin Randall, Slipstream Coordinator (erin@connectedinmotion.ca)

We’re putting a new spin on the classic Slipstream Weekend! Bring your favourite 5.5er along with you to experience an incredible Slipstream Weekend, together!

What’s a 5.5er, you ask? A partner, family member, or friend who doesn’t have diabetes. The activities and educational sessions will include diabetes topics that are relevant to both Type 1s and 5.5ers, so no matter whether your pancreas is working or not, we guarantee a ton of fun!

This year, CIM will be hosting Atlantic Slipstream Weekend at Brigadoon Village, in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. We’ll be spending plenty of time outdoors enjoying the fall colours as we hike, paddle, and sing around the campfire. To warm up, we’ll head indoors for diabetes-themed workshops, activities, and discussions as we get to know each other better and grow our local Type 1 diabetes community.


Becky Marval

Occupational Therapist, CDE, Type 1 since age 9

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9, Becky has always let her diabetes shine! That is, she’s happy to kindly bust myths while hob-knobbing with 5.5ers, learn new things to make it possible to live an awesome, active life, and share tips and tricks with her peers (especially while out adventuring!). Becky is an Occupational Therapist involved in community engagement and has recently obtained her Certified Diabetes Educator designation. Getting involved in Connected in Motion as it makes its way to the East Coast is a wonderful fit!

Heather Gomez

Community Outreach Coordinator @ Connected in Motion, T1D since 2006.

When Heather was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 16, Connected in Motion was one of the first organizations she was introduced to as a ``new member`` of the diabetes community in Toronto. Soon after, Heather moved to Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University, later graduating with a Kinesiology degree. For the past three years, Heather has been working with a number of diabetes organizations in the community, coordinating programs for youth and adults with T1D. She has also stayed busy teaching all varieties of fitness classes (and has a special love for aquafitness!).

Erin Randall

Slipstream Coordinator @ Connected in Motion, 5.5er since ∞

Supporting close family members with T1D for the past 30+ years, Erin has always considered herself an ally to the T1D community. Her strong desire to educate and connect with the T1D community led Erin to work at Camp Huronda for many summers and to pursue a career in nursing. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, as well as being a Certified Diabetes Educator. Not only does Erin work as the Slipstream Coordinator, she also works as a nurse educator at the paediatric diabetes clinic at Markham Stouffville Hospital. When Erin is not working you can find her paddling, camping or spending time at the cottage.


Friday October 26


Arrivals & Move-In, Camp Tours




Official Welcome & Kick-off / Icebreakers
Wine & Cheese Campfire Social

Saturday October 27


Morning Yoga (Optional)




Archery: Bows & Arrows & Diabetes Targets


T1D & 5.5er Breakouts




Making space for diabetes in your life w Becky Marval


What’s Next in Diabetes & Tech


The Great Cookie Cook-Off Competition


Free Time




Diabetes 101 Skills Show-Down


Bike Beyond Documentary Screening & Campfire Social

Sunday October 28


Coffee & Breakfast on the Dock


Climbing @ OnTree Fun and Adventure Park (offsite)


Pack Up & Head Out

(**Lunch on your own)

What is a Slipstream Weekend, anyway?

A Slipstream Weekend is an active, social and educational weekend for adults living with Type 1 diabetes. But that explanation sounds so formal… What it really is… is a weekend jam packed full of outdoor adventure, engaging workshops, great food and incredible people. It’s a chance to connect (or re-connect) with like-minded Type 1s, get out and try something new, learn from each others’ experiences, and celebrate the year’s accomplishments – focusing on the positive aspects of what we CAN do with Type 1 diabetes.

What goes on at a Slipstream? Do you have a schedule ready?

Check out the detailed schedule above, or download a copy of the printable version, below!

Who can attend a Slipstream Weekend?

Usually Slipstream Weekends are only offered for adults who are living with Type 1 diabetes — but this one is an exception, and the perfect chance to bring your 5.5er along! If you’re looking for other 5.5er-friendly programming, check out our 5.5er Canoe Trip.


What do I need to bring with me?
You can check out our program packing lists, here. If there are any special items you’ll need, you’ll hear from us via email 2 weeks before the event. We’ll expect that you’ll bring your own diabetes supplies, clothing, and toiletries. We’ll provide all of the outdoor adventure equipment, a bed to sleep in, food… Just like camp… for adults!

What is the vibe of the weekend? Is this like a conference?
Not really! Here, at Connected in Motion, we wanted to get away from the typical ‘conference’ style of learning. We want to have meaningful conversations, hands-on learning, and actually get outside and put into practice some of the strategies for living well with diabetes that we’ve all learned along the way. You can expect a mix between indoor learning sessions – sometimes we’ll bring in special guests to share with us, other times we’ll run group workshops – and outdoor adventure sessions – don’t worry, we’ll let you define adventure! Think, camp for adults!

I’m not super fit. I’ve seen some of CIM’s photos and videos – everything looks epic. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle Slipstream!
Of course you will! The CIM team are trained educators and adventure guides. We work hard to make sure that everyone experiences success, defined on your own terms. Whether that’s climbing a mountain, or just strolling to the trailhead, we’ll mould the experience to suit all ability levels. We’ll encourage you to step to the edge of your comfort zone, but we won’t push you off!

I’ve never been to something like this before – Can I bring a friend?
Slipstream is built just for adults with Type 1 diabetes – Do you have a friend with diabetes? Then, sure! Bring them along! We realize how scary it can be to jump into something like this alone and we commend everyone who has pushed themselves and join the community solo – We are proud of you! We know it’s not easy! We’ll do our best to help make joining the community easy for everyone – We’ll help arrange carpooling, make introductions throughout the weekend, plan ice breakers – whatever we need to do to make you feel welcomed. Come join us!

I have a special dietary need – celiac, dairy sensitivity, allergy – Can the venue accommodate me?
We’ll be working closely with the venue to ensure that we can meet the dietary needs of all of our Slipstreamers. Food is one of the highlights of a Slipstream experience! The venue knows that we will be a group with diverse needs and will be prepared to meet the needs of our crew. We’ll also work closely with you, if you’d prefer, to make sure that you’re comfortable with the food situation. We don’t want food to be a stress!

Will there be low supplies on site, or do I need to pack my own?
Low supplies will be plentiful! We’ll supply juice boxes, glucose tabs, granola bars, etc. As always, if you have your own favorites, please bring them along! (Maybe they will become our favourites, too!)

I see a lot of cool outdoor adventure activities listed. Do I need any of my own equipment?
Nope! For every activity offered at Slipstream, gear will be provided – It’s included in your registration fee!

Do you have questions that you’d like answered? Send them to erin@connectedinmotion.ca with Summer Slipstream FAQ in the subject line and we’ll get your questions answered!

What's included in my registration?

  • Shared Accommodation (usually bunk-bed style)
  • All meals and Snacks (usually Friday evening dinner/snack through Sunday lunch)
  • Outdoor Programming (past examples include: Rock Climbing, Challenge Course, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, swimming, etc)
  • CIM-specific programming

What is NOT included?

  • Transportation to and from the program venue is not included (check on our regional Facebook pages if you’re looking for people to carpool with)
  • Diabetes supplies
  • Friday evening dinner is not offered at all programs (don’t worry — we’ll let you know in advance!)

Check out what other Slipstreamers have to say

I had participated in many diabetes-related events as a teenager but this was my first one with an adult group. It was a little intimidating at first but turned out to be an incredible experience! We all became one big families who was there to support one another and I left that weekend feeling refreshed, with a bunch of new friends and fun memories. Thank you for convincing me to come out, CIM! I made the right decision.

KatrinaSummer Slipstream 2016

This was my first experience with the CIM community. I have been diabetic type 1 for the past 36 years deal with this on my own. I knew there were other people who were as active as I was but didn't know anyone other than a close friend who lives in Ottawa area. The experience was so uplifting that I was not the only one and having discussions about the ups and downs on a very personal level. I am ready to do more active sessions with this community soon I hope.

MichelSummer Slipstream 2016

Although it's hard to put into words, being surrounded for an entire weekend with other T1's that totally "get it" from every finger prick, every high, every low, every carb count, every step i take in this T1 journey is beyond priceless!

GayleSoCal Slipstream 2016

I use to think and believe I was the only diabetic in the world. I really had no one to talk to about problems relating to diabetes. I attended the summer slipstream the presentations that were provided were educational and very informative. Not only did I meet new and amazing people but I met great life long friends and really a new family. It has turned my world right around my lowest A1C in 16 years and the best health I have been in 16 years because It put me in the right mind frame to conquer diabetes. This slipstream allowed me to also ask the questions that I always thought were "stupid" or everyone should know but I just didn't I would highly recommend it to anyone and in fact, I already have! Thanks CIM

PaulSummer Slipstream 2016

Don’t believe us? Just watch!


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Brigadoon Village
1650 N River Rd
Kentville,Nova ScotiaB4N 3V8
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