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Our Team

The CIM Team is made up of a dedicated group of Staff and Volunteers. All of CIM’s Staff Members are Health Care Professionals with a passion for outdoor adventure and physical activity. Each Team member is also living with Type 1 diabetes.


JEN HANSON
RKin, OCT, MEd     |     executive director


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Jen has grown up with Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed in 1987, she has never let diabetes stop her from pursuing her passion. Jen grew up an athlete, competing at the National Level in women’s wrestling, as well as in ringette, hockey, and rugby. Jen is a Registered Kinesiologist, currently working on becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has a Masters degree focused Experiential Diabetes Education and is an Ontario Certified Teacher.

Jen spent 18 years involved with Camp Huronda – an Ontario-based camp for children with diabetes. She attended as a camper, helped to develop and run the climbing, challenge course, and pottery programs, and eventually worked as the Programming Director.

Jen has taught visual arts, physical education and special needs programming at the elementary level, is certified as an Advanced Wilderness First Responder (80 hour course), a National Lifeguard and has additional teaching qualifications in special education, environmental education and outdoor education. She  is the elementary age programmer for Children with Diabetes and a Faculty Member with the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders program. She has also volunteered and worked with the Canadian Diabetes Association, Diabetes Hope Foundation, the JDRF, and the Diabetes Education and Camping Association.

Currently, Jen works as the Executive Director at Connected in Motion and as an instructor with ALIVE Outdoors.


VIRTUE BAJURNY
MSW, RSW, BFA     |      community manager + social media guru


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Truth be told, Virtue leans closer to ‘diabetic online geek’ than ‘diabetic outdoors enthusiast’. Fittingly, her major research while completing her Masters of Social Work at Ryerson University focused on the ways in which people express life with diabetes via online applications. As part of Connected in Motion she is expanding he physical activity endeavours, while learning to mix more #outdoorsy #diabetes hashtags into her Twitter vocabulary.

 


JULIE DE VOS
RKin     |     director of programming


While attending York University to complete her Bachelor of Arts with a Specialized Honors in Kinesiology and Health Science, Julie also pursued her love of Alpine skiing, and adventure travel, eventually traveling around the globe to parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. Traveling eventually led to living overseas in South Korea, and South Africa.

In southern Africa she continued to expand her love of outdoor travel adventures, Skiing the Drakensburg Mountains in Lesotho and completing her Open Water PADI scuba certification in Mozambique were among her most treasured moments. Once home form her extended travels Julie began laying down roots close to where she grew up in the Toronto Area, working for the City of Toronto as a Snow School Director, for one of the city’s ski areas, then Animas Canada as an Inside Sales Representative selling insulin pumps.

The diabetes community always remained a constant in her life, volunteering her time as an Ambassador for Connected In Motion and an Elite Coach for Riding On Insulin. As the old saying goes, the stars aligned, and Julie came on board as the Director Of Programs for Connected in Motion in January 2014. She is currently continuing to push herself on the slopes hoping to achieve a level 3 CSIA ski certification in the coming winters, and checking off the countries and adventures on her travel bucket list!


MIKE LAST
website ninja + photo wizard


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Mike has been traveling and enjoying the outdoors his whole life. Growing up in Mississauga, Ontario, Mike started going to summer camps at 8 years old and has spent time in the wilderness every summer since. With 7 years experience as a camper at the Taylor Statten Camps, and working at Camp Huronda for five summers including mountain bike instructor and boating instructor, Mike has spent just about every summer of his life in Northern Ontario.

At 15 years old, Mike moved to England for school and used his European homestead as a base to travel numerous European countries. This was about the time he started seriously taking photos. Traveling through England, Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain, Mike combined his love of travel and action sports and started making photos.

After finishing a 4 year Managerial and Organizational Studies degree at the University of Western Ontario, Mike moved to Toronto where he is currently working in marketing and photography. Oh yeah, he’ll continue helping to bring Connected In Motion to the internet. You can see Mike’s photo work at www.mikelastphoto.com.

 


Hank Devos
film + media


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When he isn’t day dreaming about ripping down a mountain in knee deep powder, Hank can be found behind a camera telling people where to stand and what to say. His passion for film and all things media began when he was a young child. The experiences of seeing blockbuster films at young age 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 and passion for the outdoors and filmmaking collide head on in his role with Connected in Motion as their video producer.

 


CHLOE VANCE
founder


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Outdoor spaces are Chloe’s classroom, office and playground. With degrees in Physical & Health Education and Geography from Queen’s University, as well as a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Outdoor Experiential Education, Chloe has spent the past decade teaching Outdoor Education and guiding canoe and raft-based expeditions in Ontario, Quebec, the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.

She is certified as an Advanced Wilderness First Responder (80 hour course), Swift Water Rescue Technician (SRT), Nahanni River Guide, Flat Water Canoe Instructor and more and has traveled extensively within Canada, as well as to Europe, South and Central America, Australia and New Zealand, where she circumnavigated the South Island of New Zealand by bicycle.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 18, Chloe missed out on her diabetic childhood. Too old for pediatric programs and summer camps, she was directed to the adult health care system. To her, it seemed a barren, uninspiring place to be navigated only when absolutely necessary. In her opinion, support systems for people living with diabetes needed a breath of fresh air.

In 2008, Chloe had her first opportunity to connect with other young adults with diabetes while learning to ride a road bike with a group of Type 1 cyclists in Australia. Cruising down the road in their slipstream, she realized the same physics relied upon by cyclists in a peloton or geese flying in a ‘V’ applied to people with living with diabetes.

Being surrounded by other people with diabetes for the first time was like cruising in a diabetes slipstream. She realized if people living with diabetes faced their challenges as a group, they could achieve more, faster and with less resistance that anyone could traveling through the landscape of diabetes alone.

Inspired by the possibility of using outdoor experiences and the process of experiential education as a forum to engage people living with Type 1 diabetes, she founded Connected in Motion – an organization she hoped would fill the gap in the landscape of diabetes with experiential education programs and social opportunities for young adults and adults with diabetes.



Our Adventures

Follow us on our adventures in connecting the diabetes community. From canoe trips to hiking and some crazier stuff in between, check out what's coming up and our recaps of our adventures.

Event Recap: Bumps’n’Pumps Beach Volleyball Tournament 2014

Words: Julie De Vos | Photos: Mike Last

Intense competition, major smiles and loud laughs, pokes and pricks, beads of sweat, sand in places it...

Event Recap: March Indoor Climbing Day

What do knots, needles, tubing, chalk, and tight fitting shoes have in common??

Indoor Rock Climbing with Type 1 Diabetes! This past Saturday...

Event Recap: Riding on Insulin Ontario 2014

There are really big Type 1 inspirations, like Kris Freeman participating in his 4th Olympics this winter, or Sebastien Sasseville and his OutRun Diabetes...