Friends for Life Canada 2019
November 8, 2019 @ 5:00 am - November 10, 2019 @ 4:15 pm UTC+0
FRIENDS FOR LIFE CANADA
November 8-10, 2019
Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN
Connected in Motion is excited to be presenting Children with Diabetes' 2019 Friends for Life Conference!
WHO: Youth (0-17), Adult (18+), and Parent Programming for the Type 1 diabetes community (siblings, children, and friends welcomed)
Children with Diabetes (CWD) and Connected in Motion (CIM) present Friends for Life Canada, a conference for individuals and families living with type 1 diabetes! Join our group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care and support. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge diabetes management ideas. Participate in discussion groups, share your story, and help motivate and support others who walk in similar shoes. Watch toddlers and teens, college students and professionals, young parents and grandparents, new and practiced diabetes clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won’t ever forget!
Friends for Life Canada 2018 was better than we could ever have imagined. Based on feedback from the community, we are working hard to make the conference available to more families in 2019!
Now, the FFL Canada Team needs to raise the money to make this possible!
We work hard to make the conference accessible to the community, heavily subsidizing each registration fee. Help us make the experience available to more individuals by making a donation, hosting a fundraiser, or spreading the word.
FACULTY & STAFF
2019 SPEAKERS COMING SOON!
For now, check out some of our 2018 FFL Canada Faculty below
Saturday @ 7:15pm - Sport & Adventure Panel - Hear from some Slipstreamers who have been on epic adventures in sport and backcountry exploration. Join the CIM Adventure Team and Team Bike Beyond in a panel discussion. Bring your questions!
Saturday @ 7:15pm - Hear from some Slipstreamers who have been on epic adventures in sport and backcountry exploration. Join the CIM Adventure Team and Team Bike Beyond in a panel discussion. Bring your questions!
Gamble will be joining us for the weekend to tackle all things social media.
Hank will be documenting our weekend to create the Ontario Slipstream Highlight Reel.
Saturday @ 3:30pm - Archery - Try your hand with a bow and arrow! Join us for a lesson and get out and practice your skills.
FFL CANADA SCHEDULE & SESSIONS
2019 SESSIONS COMING SOON!
For now, check out our 2018 FFL Canada Schedules for an idea of what to expect.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We expect that FFL Canada 2019 will sell out quickly. Registration is expected to open in early April 2019. To make sure you are receiving communications about registration, please opt in to the FFL Canada mailing list, here: http://eepurl.com/2pbRP
How do I register for childcare at the conference? What do the kids do in childcare? How will the staff take care of my child's diabetes?
To register for childcare, choose ‘child’ when registering for FFL Canada. Childcare is limited to the first 20 children who apply because of space limitations, so register as early as possible. Childcare is for full days only and for children age 5 and under. Childcare is coordinated by Erin Randall, RN, CDE and staffed by a team specifically chosen based on their experience with this age group.
Childcare is for full days only. We need to do this for staffing reasons. Childcare will open at 8:45am on Saturday and Sunday. Parents need to pick up their child right after morning sessions for lunch (60 minute lunch break). Childcare will close at 4:15 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
You may leave a snack at childcare, in a container marked with your child’s name on it. Otherwise, child-friendly snacks will be available in the refreshment area outside the childcare rooms. When you come to check on your child during the break times, you will need to get them snack (we will not allow them to graze in the snack area without you being there!) and bring it into the childcare room. We’ll have a supply of glucose tabs and juice boxes in each room to treat lows. If you bring a snack, please, NO NUTS of any kind.
Yes. As with past Friends for Life® conferences, we take great care in trying to accommodate the special dietary needs of our conference participants. Please note that all food served at our conference will have portion size and carb counts listed in tent cards on the buffet tables. If you need special dietary accommodations (food allergies, kosher, gluten-free, etc.), there is a place on the registration form for you to note that. Note that you must alert us to allergies prior to the conference in order for us to ensure meals and snacks that work for you. Please note that all meals and snacks at FFL are nut-free.
Friends for Life® is for your entire family. Kids who don’t have diabetes, whether they have a sibling or parent with type 1, participate in their age group sessions. There’s much to learn and share for them too.
Niagara in November can be cool, windy, wet, or snowy – Come prepared for fall in Canada! Dress comfortably. For most people, this means jeans, t-shirt, and a warm layer. If you are attending the Saturday evening social for Adults with Type 1 (as well as partners and friends – sorry, no parents allowed!), you may like to bring something a bit dressier. The youth program includes sessions which can be quite active. Please make sure your kids wear appropriate shoes for these activities.
Heather Gomez is in charge of the volunteer schedule. We plan to have over 75 volunteers at FFL Canada. We couldn’t put on a conference without the help of these folks! Some jobs are quite big (coordinators of different areas, such as AV or room moderators), others require less time (such a room captains, or check-in for the movie night.) Although most spots are already filled, feel free to email Heather if you have a special interest in being involved. Please note, all staff working with youth are required to have a Vulnerable Sectors Check completed. Heather can be reached at email@example.com
Our Youth Staff are skilled at type 1 diabetes care, but are not trained to take care of a child with special needs. If your child has special needs, please contact Laura Billetdeaux via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before you register to ensure that your child will be able to join in their age group programming.
We must be very strict about kids staying within their particular age groups. This year we will have childcare (ages 0-5), elementary group (ages 6-8), a tween group (ages 9-12), and a teen group (ages 13-17). Those who are 18 are part of the adult group, not teens.
I see that the teens are scheduled to go off-site on Sunday. Will other age groups be doing this as well?
This is a special event just for the teens. Note that teens must participate in all six sessions on Saturday and Sunday in order to participate in the off-site event on Sunday.
Unless otherwise noted, they may, although we strongly encourage kids to be in their age-appropriate sessions. The material presented in adult sessions is on an adult level. Often, some of these same topics are discussed with the children within the context of some of their other learning activities – and the material is at an age-appropriate level for their group. Be aware that some adult and parents sessions include topics that are not appropriate for kids and kids will not be permitted in those sessions.
The confirmation form verifies what you paid for. You should have received this from RegOnline right after you completed payment. Please print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the conference. When you pick up your registration materials on Friday evening, you can double check that everything is correct. At the registration desk (2nd Floor – Oakes Foyer) we will hand you name badges, conference t-shirts (the sizes you indicated on the registration form), and the printed program. Nothing is mailed ahead of time.
Yes, we have a private Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/FFLCanada. You must ask to be admitted to the group. If your Facebook profile doesn’t immediately convey that you are part of the type 1 diabetes community, please email Jeff Hitchcock (email@example.com) and ask him to approve your request to join the group.
Because the Friends for Life Conference is already so heavily subsidized, there are not additional subsidies available through Connected in Motion or Children with Diabetes. If we are made aware of external scholarship opportunities, we will post them here.
No, you do not sign up for the Saturday and Sunday sessions. Just go to them. Please be on time, as the seats do fill up.
CIM is unable to provide any assistance with obtaining a visa. Visitors from outside Canada are encouraged to submit a visa application well in advance of their anticipated travel date. Note that you will also need to make your own hotel reservations using a credit card. CIM cannot help with that either. Please note, if you are travelling from outside of the country, you will need your own travel health insurance. Please be sure you have obtained this before crossing the border so you can access emergency medical services, should they be required.
I work with a non-profit diabetes organization in my community and was wondering if it's ok for me to hand out information about it at the conference?
CIM and CWD receive hundreds of requests from organizations such as yours. The only companies and organizations which are allowed to hand out literature and demonstrate their products at FFL conferences are the ones who are in the Exhibit Hall. Thank you for respecting this!
I am an exhibitor and was hoping to share my exhibit space with another company or organization. Is that allowed?
Support form our Sponsors and Exhibitors help us welcome more families and community members into the conference and are an important part of the financial model that allows the program to remain sustainable. We do not allow for booth spaces to be shared and encourage anyone interested in interacting with the FFL Canada community to consider becoming a sponsor. For sponsorship inquiries, please reach out to Jen Hanson, ED of Connected in Motion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You are not required to stay at the Sheraton on the Falls, although most people choose to do so for convenience and the sense of community, which often extends into the evenings and down time, by the pool and in the common areas.
The staff at FFL is well aware of the positive impact Diabetes Alert Dogs (DADs) have on children and adults who live with type 1 diabetes. While we do not want to disturb these relationships, we want to ensure that the presence of DADs does not interfere with the positive experiences of all our attendees. While DADs are welcome, we discourage conference participants from bringing their DADs to FFL. We have learned from past experience that DADs have a tendency to become overwhelmed and stressed by being in a closed environment for several days with hundreds of individuals who have type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We have seen DADs become overly aggressive and exhibit signs of anxiety because of their situation at FFL.