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Slipstreams: 2017 Summer Slipstream – Ontario

September 29, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm UTC+0

WHAT: 2017 Summer Slipstream
WHERE: Camp Arowhon, Algonquin Park, Ontario
WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2pm – Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2pm
WHO: Adults (19+) with Type 1 diabetes
CONTACT: Erin Randall, Slipstream Coordinator (erin@connectedinmotion.ca)

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 reconnect) 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.

This year, CIM will be hosting Summer Slipstream Weekend at Camp Arowhon. Camp Arowhon is situated in beautiful Algonquin Park. If you’ve never been to Algonquin in the fall, it is something to be seen. If you have, you definitely know why this is a Slipstream not to be missed. We’ll have the chance to enjoy the pristine lakes of Algonquin Park in the autumn by boat, relax around the campfire, and test our limits on the ropes course and climbing wall. Learn from some of the industry’s best about diabetes innovation, new strategies for management, and have the chance to try out some of the latest diabetes tech.

We’ll see you there!



Amy Burrows

Summer Slipstream Lead

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!

Tammy Hand

Summer Slipstream Crew

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.

Rebecca Fitzgerald

Summer Slipstream Crew

Rebecca Fitzgerald lives in Ottawa and loves to go camping, play hockey, cycle on the Trans-Canada trail and spend time with her family! She's attended lots of Slipstreams including the first one and most recently volunteered at Western Slipstream 2017. Rebecca is looking forward to seeing old friends, making new connections and spending time on the water at Summer Slipstream 2017.

Chrissy Keown

Summer Slipstream Crew

Counsellor and MEC Employee! Love hiking, biking, and anything to get outside, as well as artistic endeavors of all sorts! I love connecting with CIM because it makes me feel understood in the daily journey to live an active life as a T1D. I am excited to meet new people, be in beautiful Algonquin and have a chance to push myself and learn as a group of T1D's 🙂

Faye Adamson

Summer Slipstream Crew

Faye loves spending time outdoors, growing food, cooking, floating down rivers, and being with incredible people. She's super excited to be joining her for first slipstream and looking forward to making some new friends, and spending a weekend at the stunning Camp Arowhon!

Paul Chalmers

Summer Slipstream Crew

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.


Low Ropes (Fri 4:30pm)

Work with a team to move through various low ropes elements. What are low ropes, you ask? Think tightrope walking, tire swinging, log balancing, all close to the ground and with friends and tools to help you out.

Beginning Canoe Lesson (Sat 9am)

Are you a beginner canoer? Or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been in a boat? Learn the basic strokes to keep you moving on the water, practice sterning, and take things slow out on the lake.

Advanced Canoe Lesson (Sat 9am)

Come join us to perfect your J-stroke, explore the bays of the lake, and maybe even try your hand at soloing a boat. We’ll have the chance to get right in and explore.

Cookie Cook-Off (Nutrition Session) (9am)

Always wanted to be the ‘Next Great Baker’? This session will give you the basic tools to create a signature gourmet cookie, complete with carb counts. You’ll also learn the art of substitution in perfecting your perfect, carb-counted cookie.

High Ropes/Vertical Playground

The Camp Arowhon Vertical Playground will challenge you to climb ropes, ladders, even a canoe, in an attempt to have a seat in the suspended muskoka chair hanging 40 feet above the ground. Take it as fast or slow as you’d like – we’ll have a belay team on the ground holding you tight!

Mindfulness Session (Sun 9am)

This session will highlight ways to keep a healthy and helpful mindset with an emphasis on mindfulness, community and practical ways to centre self.

What's next? Drugs, devices, and research (Sun 9am)

Learn about the latest and greatest from CIM’s partners and others in the diabetes industry. Get an overview of the different therapies that are out there that can be additional aides for T1 management, and the latest research trends.

Climbing Wall (Sat 1:30pm)

The climbing wall at Camp Arowhon is built for climbers of all abilities. Looking to just get your feet off the ground? Great. Want to push your limits on the overhang? Awesome. Come on down and give it a try!

Frisbee Golf (Frolf) Course (3pm)

Frisbee golf, better known as Frolf, will combine your skills at frisbee throwing with your ability to avoid trees and low-hanging branches. The course winds through camp. Compete in small groups at your own speed.

Arts and Crafts (3pm)

This chill session will let you explore typical camp craft. We may throw in a few surprises, too!

Adventure and Exercise Panel

Come and hear from the CIM Adventure Team about their trek through the North Coast Trail. Share tips and tricks for mastering exercise and diabetes, and for heading into the backcountry.

Fall Colours Canoe Tour (double session) (Sat 1:30-4pm)

Go and explore Algonquin by boat, taking in the fall colours. As a group, you’ll have a look at the map and decide where you’d like to go. Options include visiting the Tom Thompson Cairn, visiting some old resort ruins on Burnt Island, or exploring some of the areas famously painted by the Group of Seven. Note: This tour will take 2 activity rotation periods.

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?

Of course! Check out the Summer Slipstream 2017 Schedule below! (As always, a few things may shift and shuffle, but this is what you can expect to fill your weekend!)

Who can attend a Slipstream Weekend?

Slipstream is offered for adults who are living with Type 1 diabetes. There is something special that happens when you’re surrounded by a community of people who ‘get it’. Although we are so grateful for our support networks – our 5.5ers – Summer Slipstream is open exclusively to people living with Type 1 diabetes. (Don’t worry, 5.5ers – More coming for you, soon! Interested in getting involved in the CIM community? Learn how, here!)


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 julie@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
  • All meals and Snacks (Usually Friday dinner 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 Camp Arowhon (unless taking the camp bus from Toronto!)
  • Diabetes Supplies

Regular Fee

$ 350

Bus Transportation (Toronto Round Trip)Camp Bus?! You know you want to.

$ 25


$ 100

Per Month

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!


September 29, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Camp Arowhon
Algonquin Park,OntarioP0A 1H0Canada