Niagara Falls, Ontario
Friends for Life® Canada 2019
After an amazing, educational, and life-changing conference in 2018, Friends for Life Canada is coming back to Niagara Falls, in partnership with Connected in Motion. Join families and adults living with type 1 diabetes for a weekend of sessions, workshops, and lectures for adults and age-specific programming for youth. Speakers include renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, opinion leaders and industry experts. You'll have the chance to learn the most current information in diabetes care, share your own stories, and walk away with a support network who 'gets it'. Youth sessions bring together infants (0-5), elementary aged (6-8), tweens (9-12), and teens (13-17) with type 1 diabetes alongside siblings and children of adults with type 1 diabetes to connect, learn, and have fun under the guidance and supervision of type 1 and sibling mentors. We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls!
Registering for the Conference
Every conference participant needs to register for the conference
Registration is CDN$100 for everyone age 6 and older, and CDN$70 for kids up to age 5. Note that pricing information is on a per person basis.
Registering for the conference is a separate process from making hotel reservations – please make sure that you do both. *
*Registering for the hotel only registers you for a hotel room and registering for the conference only registers you for the conference itself.
All sessions for adults and children ages 6-17, childcare for children ages 5 and under
Friday evening reception
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and morning/afternoon beverage and snack breaks
Sunday breakfast, lunch, and morning/afternoon beverage and snack breaks
One t-shirt per person registered
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations prior to October 1, 2019 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. After October 1, 2019, no refunds are available.
The weekend program is designed to offer a variety of educational sessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Following sessions, late afternoon and into the evening, there will be free time. During some sessions, there will be a choice of speakers. The program will end late afternoon on Sunday.
The Sheraton on the Falls is now accepting reservations for Friends for Life Canada 2019. Rooms range from CDN$149-189/night + tax. You may reserve a room by calling 800-519-9911 or by using the online reservation system.
Please make sure to state that you are with the Friends for Life Canada 2019 conference. Subject to availability of group rate rooms, you may reserve guest rooms at these rates for three days prior to and following the conference. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 p.m. Please Note: Your hotel room quote will INCLUDE a charge for children under 18 and a Resort Fee charge. Your actual charges upon check-out of the hotel will NOT include these charges. Children under 18 stay for free in the room with an adult.
Note that there is a conference registration fee per person and that reserving a room does not register you for the conference. Rates vary according to the date of registration.
Cut off for hotel reservations within the FFL Canada 2019 group is October 10, 2019.
Cancellations prior to October 1, 2019 will be refunded minus a $25 per person processing fee. Beginning October 1, 2019, no refunds are available.
Should I Attend?
We've invited some of the top experts in the diabetes industry to share their ideas with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with some of the most wonderful and caring professionals!
"How can you not feel good about managing diabetes when you’re in that environment, soaking in the newest research, getting the chance to see cutting-edge technology up close, and connecting with new friends and old who just get it?"
Is this just for children and their families?
Friends for Life® began when Laura Billetdeaux asked CWD families if they wanted to vacation together. That annual gathering turned into the conference it is today, and includes T1 adults, grandparents teens, tweens and toddlers, and siblings.
But Friends for Life is not just for children. Friends for Life brings together all kinds of people impacted by diabetes, providing support and education for children, adults, caregivers, spouses, and friends. There's no limit to our community, or the inspiration you'll find there.
Thinking about attending? There's something for everyone, from the newly diagnosed family to the folks who have been living with diabetes for decades.
Families & Individuals
with type 1 diabetes including toddlers, tweens, teens, and young adults, including siblings
and their significant others, children, and friends
Grandparents and Other Caregivers
who are supporting their family members with type 1 diabetes
who, even though they don't have diabetes, they still live with diabetes
Health Care Professionals
who work with type 1 diabetes (CEUs are not offered)
" Sometimes, when days are kind of rough, I’ll put on a green bracelet to remind myself that I am not alone. "
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Registration, Opening Keynote & Registration
Registration Opens at 6:00 — Opening Keynote and Registration at 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Buffet breakfast, numerous presentations, buffet lunch & refreshment breaks throughout the day. Youth events all day. Dinner on your own. Exhibit Hall Opens at 9:00 AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buffet breakfast, numerous presentations, buffet lunch & refreshment breaks throughout the day. Youth events all day. Dinner on your own. Exhibit Hall Closes at 2:00 PM
Faculty, Experts & Youth Staff
CWD and Connected in Motion have invited some of the top experts in the diabetes community to share their experience and wisdom with you. In addition to the scheduled presentations, the conference faculty will be available during meals and breaks for more personalized discussion. Our faculty are very approachable - don't be shy about asking questions! This is a time to discuss anything on your mind relating to diabetes management. It's a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and interact with the community's most wonderful and caring professionals!
For Julie De Vos, RKin, CDE, the diabetes community has always been a constant part of her life. After traveling the world, she started volunteering her time with Connected In Motion and Riding On Insulin. This led to a career change into Programming and Education and as a Registered Kinesiologist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Julie now works as the Community Advocate for Diabetes Daily. While managing multiple chronic diseases, she continues to push herself on the slopes, scuba diving and checking off the adventures on her travel bucket list.
Anne Marie MacDonald (Hospod), BSc, MD, is passionate about chronic disease self-management and healthy active living. Her latest project is a Cancer Rehabilitation and Exercise program for the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of four, Anne Marie embraces big challenges – she has completed numerous marathons and triathlons, and is most proud of her Ironman finish in Mont-Tremblant in the summer of 2017. She loves connecting with others so come find her online: @SweetRunMD.
Elizabeth Moreau, MMgt, lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013 when she was four years old. Since then, Elizabeth has been involved in diabetes advocacy and education, primarily focused on supporting kids with diabetes in school. She is Director of Communications and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Paediatric Society, where she is the staff lead on [email protected], a national initiative to improve care for students with diabetes. Along with several other moms, Elizabeth co-founded Support Ontario Students with Type 1 Diabetes (www.sosdiabetes.ca) in 2014. She has a Master of Management in voluntary sector leadership, and a graduate diploma in journalism.