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National Volunteer Awards

Honouring our volunteers and community partners

2021 marks an important year as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Despite the discovery of insulin 100 years ago, diabetes continues to be successful at taking over the country. Even after 100 years of insulin, 1 in 3 Canadians are living with or at risk of diabetes. Every day, Diabetes Canada partners with thousands of volunteers, healthcare professionals, advocates, and community organizations to make a difference in the lives of Canadians affected by diabetes. Diabetes Canada recognizes and celebrates the exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations making a profound impact with national awards. Below is a list of this year’s recipients:

Award Recipients

The Frederick G. Banting Award

Member of Parliament (Brampton) Sonia Sidhu (Ontario)

Outstanding National Partnership Award

Novo Nordisk (Canada)

The Kurt Kroesen Inspiration Award

Leslie Ann Bent (British Columbia)

National Young Volunteer Award

Miles Dyer (Manitoba)

The Collaboration Award

MDC Lions Cavalcade (Alberta)

The Charles H. Best Award

Dr. Michael Vallis (Nova Scotia)

National Advocacy Leadership Award

Yukon T1D Support Network (Yukon)

National Volunteers of the Year Award

  • Randeep Birdi (Alberta)
  • Sikh Motorcycle Club (Canada) 
  • D’arci Sutton (Alberta)

The Innovation Award

Dale Alderson (Manitoba)

The Bold & Audacious Achievement Award

Paul Kuspira (Saskatchewan)

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