To become a DES member, complete the new online membership renewal application.
- DES membership is open to all health professionals
- The membership year runs from September 1st of each year and ends August 31st the following year. The renewal period begins August 1st of each year.
- There are three levels of member: Regular, Associate and Student and two specialty levels: Honourary and Emeritus.
As a DES member you will receive:
- Print subscriptions of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, Diabetes Communicator and Diabetes Dialogue.
- Members-only access to the CDA website.
- Regular communication to keep you informed of upcoming events, news and announcements.
- The ability to apply for awards, grants and scholarships.
- Savings for the annual CDA/CSEM Conference.
- Access to research and tap into various advocacy work.
As a DES member you can:
- Make lasting connections with fellow diabetes educators by sharing and learning from others.
- Develop your skills.
- Participate in various Committees.
- Volunteer at the annual CDA/CSEM Conference.
- Earn credits towards your Canadian Diabetes Educator Certificate through the CDECB.
- Active Members - Members with a professional designation by a recognized healthcare professional body.
- Associate Members - Members without a professional designation.
- Student Members - Members enrolled in full-time studies working toward a career in diabetes education. This requires proof of enrollment.
- Honourary Members - Members that have applied for and achieved honourary DES status.
- Emeritus Members - Members over the age of 65 with 25 years or more of active DES membership. This requires proof of year of birth and confirmation of joining year.
DES Special Interest Groups:
- Paediatric Diabetes Interest Group - This group consists of DES members with special interest in the care of children and adolescents with diabetes across Canada from BC to Newfoundland. This group provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from colleagues across the nation in regards to Paediatric diabetes practice through a web-based forum. Questions and documents can be posted and shared through the forum for an opportunity for feedback and dialogue.
- Diabetes in the elderly - For any DES member working with those who are elderly and living with diabetes. These elderly clients live at home, in retirement homes or in nursing care facilities (Long Term Care homes). This heterogeneous group may be self-managing diabetes or have caregivers or health care workers managing their diabetes care. Members of this group network and share insights into best practices for this unique group.
- Camp Interest Group - For any DES member who has a special interest in advancing the practice of diabetes care and education at diabetes camps.
- DES Zoomers - For any DES member with many years as a DES member and of retirement age - the retired, almost-retired and thinking-of-the-day. This group hopes to offer CDA and DES its experience and wisdom in all things diabetes.
- Inpatient Quality and Safety Interest Group - For any DES members with an interest in inpatient diabetes care. This group provides an opportunity for members to communicate, collaborate and provide leadership relating to the development, implementation and evaluation of best practices in inpatient diabetes management.
DES Publications available for purchase:
- Building Competency in Diabetes Education: Advancing Practice—This new product is designed for the ongoing professional education of diabetes educators who have moved beyond the novice level and are seeking to increase their knowledge and skills related to diabetes self-management education.
- Building Competency in Diabetes Education: The Essentials--First published in 2001, this manual was designed for both those new to diabetes education and more experienced educators who want to update their knowledge. This self-directed program is intended to build on the learner’s existing skills by enhancing his/her knowledge of diabetes and its management.
- Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada -- First published in 1995, these standards were adopted for world-wide use by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A recognition and self-assessment program based on the standards was initiated in September 1997.
- Patient Education Resources Kit (PERK) -- A simple teaching tool with tear-off/ take home pages for your patients. Tear-off sheets are available in English and Italian.
- Diabetes Education Standards Recognition Program: (2009) A Quality Assessment Tool for Diabetes Education Centres.
- Research Works -- This manual has been written by experts in the field of applied research specifically for diabetes educators who want to conduct practice-based research. The manual will guide you through the research process - from choosing the research question, selecting the method, to presenting the results.
- DES National Executive
- A member of DES is the international liaison to the Diabetes Education Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
- All CDA councils and most committees have a position for a DES member.
Research and Innovation
- The DES National Executive has representation on the CDA National Research Council.
- Research Awards are granted to successful candidates who show innovation in diabetes research.
- Applied research grants are granted to successful candidates in areas of practice-based research.
- The DES Research Committee helps to establish programs and initiatives for research in the field of diabetes education.