This award is intended to recognize either an individual or family who has overcome great odds to manage their diabetes and continue to live a fulfilling, active and inspiring life. The essence of the award is that the individual or family has achieved success in their personal life or community, in spite of the diagnosis of the disease. (For example, this award could go to an Olympic athlete with diabetes.) The significant accomplishment may include, but is not limited to, an athletic, musical, business, writing, medical, engineering, teaching, or other type of achievement. The individual or family must have triumphed over adversity in some way. For instance, they may have overcome cultural isolation in a way that may inspire others to follow suit. Challenges that the individual or family will have overcome may include one or any combination of the following:

Rural or Remote Location
Insufficient Medical Support
Low Income
Cultural Isolation
Insufficient Family Support
Insufficient Financial Support

In 2009, this award was renamed in honour of Diabetes Canada’s long time Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Kurt joined Diabetes Canada in 1990 and retired in 2009. Kurt was instrumental in improving Diabetes Canada’s administrative processes and he inspired staff to do their utmost to ensure that our organization is able to help people with diabetes.


The individual must:

  • be a person who has been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • can be granted posthumously
  • show outstanding personal achievement with diabetes while demonstrating a positive healthy attitude.
  • demonstrate that he/she overcame some obstacle to achieve success in spite of his/her diagnosis.
The family must:
  • include a member who has been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes within the immediate family.
  • Demonstrate that it has provided sustained support for the member, who is directly affected by diabetes, by scheduling work and other activities/responsibilities in order to spend time assisting, learning with or supporting that family member.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be called from Areas, Regional Leadership Centres, Branches, Professional Sections and the National Office. National nominees may be Regional winners. It is the responsibility of the Regions to submit the nominees to the National level. ALL NOMINATIONS FOR NATIONAL AWARDS SUBMITTED BY THE REGIONS MUST BE APPROVED BY THE APPROPRIATE AREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Approval Process

The decision to grant awards is subject to the discretion of the National Awards Committee. The committee reserves the right not to grant certain awards in any given year if suitable nominees or recipients are not identified.

Number awarded

1 person or family per year

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