Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness MonthNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month and there’s still time to get involved and volunteer with the Canadian Diabetes Association!

Adrian Essiet, a BCIT student who volunteers with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), shares some advice and encouragement for those wanting to engage in the many benefits that volunteer work has to offer!

What is the mission statement of the Canadian Diabetes Association?

The purpose of the organization is to educate the public, fundraise (the CDA is a non-profit organization), and to fund research towards finding a cure for diabetes.

How can a student become involved with the Canadian Diabetes Association?

Simply check out the CDA’s website and click on VOLUNTEER! This will lead you to an online application form that takes approximately 10 minutes to fill out. Shortly afterwards, a Volunteer Development Coordinator assigned to your region will be in touch. And feel free to check out their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels!

Are there any skills needed to volunteer?

None at all. Formal training is provided.

What are the rewards of volunteering for the CDA?

Not only are you getting involved in your community, you’re educating the public on diabetes awareness and helping find a cure!

Why is it important for University students to volunteer?

Volunteering with the Canadian Diabetes Association contributes to your search for a career after school, builds your resume as well as your professional experience and allows you to network and meet people in your community.

Are you currently recruiting?

The CDA is always recruiting. Just be sure to apply online!

Are there any upcoming events that students can attend?

The CDA is constantly hosting events. An upcoming information night is being held in Burnaby on November 30, 2010 about joining Team Diabetes! More information can be found on their events page.

Many lives are touched by diabetes and now is the perfect time to get involved. Help to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month by getting involved in your community!

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By Melissa Kennedy