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Slipstream New Hampshire

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10th October

Please join us for our first ever Slipstream in New Hampshire! We’re excited to be hosting this event at the beautiful Joe Dodge Lodge, in the heart of Pinkham Notch of the White Mountains area.


Catching up with Kyle Cochran, American Ninja Warrior

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8th July

We recently caught up with fellow Type 1 Kyle Cochran to ask him a few questions about how he’s prepped for his second season on American Ninja Warrior, and how life has changed since he was last on the show.

Q. What made you want to decide to compete, once again, as an American Ninja Warrior?

What keeps me competing is, truly, my supporters. So many diabetics or friends and family of diabetics have reached out to me through Facebook. Everyone’s support and encouragement means so much to me. I will continue to compete and push myself as long as my message somehow inspires people. That is what I do it for.

Q. What changes have you made in your training since last season? Is your mindset different at all?

The major change I have made to my training since last season … Read More »



Event Recap: Annual Canoe Trip 2014

1st July

Leaving everything but a few possessions behind to find yourself paddling downstream, with a wall of rock and forest surrounding you, and the sun on your back is as good a getaway as any in my books. I was glad to see many familiar faces and many new agreeing with me for this year’s Annual Canoe trip. We all met up at Achray Campground on the Thursday evening—building a fire, cooking banana boats, and chatting about life with Type 1 diabetes and our goals for the trip.

I managed to play a bit of musical canoes throughout the trip and paddle for a bit with most of the people out for the weekend. It’s always interesting to hear why people decided to come out to CIM programming, but this outing the reasoning appeared two-fold for many. Everyone on the trip seemed … Read More »



Annual Canoe Trip

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19th June

Looking to get out on the water, paddle in hand for a weekend? Want to meet some other Adults with T1 diabetes, share experiences, pick up some tips and tricks for living a healthy life with Type 1? Join us for the 5th Annual CIM Canoe Trip.


Event Recap: Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2014

3rd June

The weather forecast had originally called for rain, but we were in luck: it was warm clear skies for the better part of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Even if it had rained all weekend, with 50 participants out to cheer and run with Team CIM this year, the event would have been a blast no matter what.

This year was by far the largest team we’ve had out for the weekend, but even though many of the faces were familiar, there were a lot of first going on: first time running a race, first half-marathon, first full-marathon, first time running multiple races, first time cheering with Connected in Motion. No matter the demands and obstacles in front of those goals, every single member of the team threw everything they had at those challenges to not only reach their objectives, but … Read More »



Meet Team CIM: Mother-Daughter team Debbie and Rebecca… plus one

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20th May

When I ask Rebecca the rather routine question of how old she was when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I get a rather non-routine response: “March 7th, 1990. It was a Wednesday,” she says matter-of-factly as we speak over the phone one evening, “It was right before March Break. I spent the entire break in the hospital. I was eight.”

Knowing that Rebecca played competitive hockey from the age of 6 years until the end of high school, I wonder how her habits had to shift upon her diagnosis. It sounds as though her and her family took it in stride. It turns out that March Break was perhaps the best time for her diagnosis, as her parents—both educators with time off for the break—were able to be there every day to learn more about adjusting to life … Read More »



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

17th April

Words: Julie De Vos | Photos: Mike Last

Intense competition, major smiles and loud laughs, pokes and pricks, beads of sweat, sand in places it should not be all equal one thing: The Connected In Motion Bumps N’ Pumps Indoor beach volleyball tournament! Generously sponsored by Animas Canada and held once again at Beach Blast in Toronto.

And what a day we had!! The tournament consisted of a five game round robin play with 2 divisions battling it out for the 2 first place positions! Clever names and bright clothes made the day that much better. In the end our reining champs from last year, Sets on the Beach (get it…pump sets LOL) held onto their title and once again will keep the Golden Volleyball for one more year!

Thank you to all those teams and players that came … Read More »



Bumps & Pumps Beach Volleyball Tournament

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13th April

WHAT: Bumps & Pumps Beach Volleyball Tournament
WHERE: Beach Blast, Toronto
WHEN: Sunday April 13, 2014
WHO: The entire T1 community – T1s, 5.5ers, Friends, Family Members, ‘Support Crew’, etc.


The Sea Peptide Swimmers: An introduction

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2nd April

Erin Spineto, Kate Eldean, and Renee Moreno, all living with Type 1 diabetes, are embarking on a swimming adventure June 28, 2014. But, this wasn’t a spontaneous decision on any one person’s part; this is a story that has been years in the making.

Erin’s background is triathlon, but after years of running, biking, and swimming she came to a realization: “I’m not built for running, and I suck at it.” Well there’s a little more to it than that, she explains, “When doing triathlon races I would come of out the water in the top 10, would do okay on the bike, but would have everyone passing on the running course.” So, she decided to drop the biking and running, and do what she says comes most naturally to her—swimming. She wanted a swim race that would leave her feeling … Read More »



Event Recap: March Indoor Climbing Day

25th March

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

Indoor Rock Climbing with Type 1 Diabetes! This past Saturday CIM took a group to Joe Rockhead’s in Toronto for an afternoon of indoor rock adventure. We had a lot of new faces out and, while the majority of the group were beginners, by the end of the afternoon everyone was pushing their comfort zones to literally reach new heights!

Thanks to one of Connected In Motion’s Ambassadors, Shannon Higson, we learned how to boulder and understand routes. Bouldering is a fun way of learning technique, develop problem solving skills, and to build strength and stamina. Also important were the crucial tips and tricks you only learn from experienced friends such as using luke warm water to wash the chalk off your hands after a day of … Read More »



Indoor Climbing Day

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22nd March

Whether you’ve been climbing before, or you’re wanting to give it a try for the first time, come out and enjoy an afternoon of rock climbing and bouldering with the Type 1 Community. Bring your 5.5ers & Type 3s (friends, family members, support crew…) out to join in on the fun. Beginner climbers will have the chance to take an introductory lesson before hitting the walls – veterans can take a quick belay test and get climbing.


Event Recap: Riding on Insulin Ontario 2014

11th February

There are really big Type 1 inspirations, like Kris Freeman participating in his 4th Olympics this winter, or Sebastien Sasseville and his OutRun Diabetes campaign. These great feats are amazing at bringing a sense of pride to the diabetes community, and generally inspiring people to push their comfort zones and overcome challenges. But as we are all-too-often aware of in life with diabetes: balance is important; in celebrating the great achievements, we need to also be aware of and celebrate the small accomplishments.

This is why I love the Riding on Insulin (ROI) events with which we have partnered over the past couple of years. If you’re not familiar with ROI, they are a great US non-profit that provides outdoor and active programming for young people living with Type 1 diabetes and their siblings. Whenever their ski and snowboard programming … Read More »



Event Recap: Winter Slipstream 2014

8th February

Words: Virtue Bajurny | Photos: Mike Last

YMCA Camp Wanakita is where the first ever CIM Slipstream was held. It is also where the first Slipstream I ever attended was held. After that year the event was moved to the smaller YMCA Camp, Pine Crest. Throughout the drive from Toronto I was hard pressed to remember the buildings and the layout of Wanakita. It was just darkness in my mind… But as the car’s headlights illuminated the pine-lined road to the camp’s grounds, images started to repopulate my mind: I carpooled with Saci and Jeff; it was chilly, but not particularly cold; the ground and trees were heavy with snow. As we revved up and over the final hill, the warm lights of the core Wanakita buildings shone brightly and I was struck with an odd sense of being home. … Read More »



Riding on Insulin in Ontario 2014

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1st February

Calling all youth 7-17 years old with Type 1 diabetes and their siblings! A fun event to connect with others and learn about how you manage your diabetes during a day on the slopes at Mt St Louis Moonstone!


Winter Slipstream 2014

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24th January

Get in the slipstream with our 6th Annual Winter Slipstream event!


And the 2013 Inspiration Award goes to…

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31st December

Connected in Motion is driven by its community. Each and every one of our community members inspire us to grow––to push harder to redefine life with Type 1 diabetes and to breathe fresh air into diabetes education.

Awarded for the first time in 2012, the CIM Inspiration Award recognizes the individual whom has inspired us, and others living with type 1 diabetes, to live life without limits.

This year, the award went to not one, not two, but THREE of the most deserving women in the Connected in Motion Community. Congratulations to Rebecca Fitzgerald, Shauna Adeland, and Amy Burrows. You inspire us!

In 2013, Rebecca and Shauna’s support and encouragement were key drivers in CIM’s commitment to participate in the 2013 Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Their organizational skills and enormous amount of behind the scenes work led the 2013 … Read More »



Event Recap: Slipstream in the City 2013

3rd December

Two weeks ago Connected in Motion hosted its third annual Slipstream in the City Party––a fusion of celebration and fundraising that highlights the core of the CIM philosophy––community.

Community \kəˈmjuːnɪti\ noun:
1. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.
2. a similarity or identity.
3. shared ownership.

The evening was, once again, a tremendous success owed to the community that has built and continues to build Connected in Motion into all it is today. Know that each and every one of you have just helped to keep CIM alive and thriving in 2014.

Enough of the talk. How much did we raise, you ask?

We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible. An extra special thank you to the following:

Event Sponsor:

Silent auction donors (in no particular order):
Luke Cameron
Paquette Family
Timothy Ting | Philips Sonicare
Kyle Plumpton
Chantal Bertrand
Michelle Ingwersen
Meredith Miller | … Read More »



CIM at the IDF’s World Diabetes Congress 2013

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29th November

We are excited to announce Connected in Motion’s contributions to the International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Congress of 2013! Executive Director, Jen Hanson, along with CIM’s Community Manager, Virtue Bajurny, will join the world’s leading experts in diabetes in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2013 and contribute both oral and poster presentations to the congress’ Living with Diabetes stream.

Jen Hanson has a background in kinesiology and experiential education. She will be sharing with the congress delegates an oral presentation entitled ‘The power of community: Creating a
diabetes slipstream.’ The presentation will share with the international diabetes community the very philosophy upon which CIM is founded. The presentation focuses on the belief that together, as a group, individuals with Type 1 diabetes can move faster, further, and stronger than they ever could
on their own. They can take turns leading and enjoy the … Read More »



Recap: Pacific Northwest Slipstream

8th November

Words: Virtue Bajurny | Images: Blair Ryan

We landed in Seattle to fog. Lots of it. And this fog followed us all the way across the ferry to Orcas Island and right into YMCA Camp Orkila. It seemed a fitting metaphor for CIM’s first Slipstream in the US- new things are always a little hazy at first. Equally fitting: the fog began to lift as people arrived, and cleared as the weekend progressed.

Friday evenings at Slipstream events are always abuzz with nervous excitement for the people participating… How will this Slipstream unfold? Who will be there? Will I know anyone? How will I fit in over the weekend? But as people meet, chat, and become friends over that one common denominator- Type 1 diabetes- the nerves begin to ease. Pacific Northwest Slipstream was typical in this regard, as the same … Read More »



Dodge, Dive, Dip, Duck, Bounce: Trampoline Dodgeball 2013

30th October

Words: Amy Burrows | Images: Mike Last

Around two years ago at Winter Slipstream all the Ambassadors sat down and wrote out what event we could host that seemed right up Connected in Motion’s alley. We all wrote down our ideas and shared with the group. Stephanie Brodie (mastermind of Trampoline Dodgeball) came up with the idea to do a tournament. This instantly sounded like an insane amount of fun to me, so I asked her if I could help out!

This year, on October 26th we had approximately 55 people come out to play at Sky Zone‘s facility in Toronto, both 5.5er and T-1 alike. After getting stuck on the way up, I was a little bit behind, but things got under-way smoothly and quickly!

The excitement was at an all-time high. People were dressed up … Read More »






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: Annual Canoe Trip 2014

Leaving everything but a few possessions behind to find yourself paddling downstream, with a wall of rock and forest surrounding you, and the sun...

Event Recap: Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2014

The weather forecast had originally called for rain, but we were in luck: it was warm clear skies for the better part of the...

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...