October 28, 2016

TORONTO, Ont. – National Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Day on Nov. 2 is an opportunity for all Canadians living with diabetes to honour the important work carried out by diabetes educators.

“Diabetes educators are empowering partners to help people with diabetes live well as they are often the health-care provider who sees them the most,” says Rick Blickstead, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) president and CEO. “The CDA works closely with diabetes educators all across Canada—we value the unique and crucial role they have in providing care and support to those with diabetes.”

Hear from diabetes educators and people living with diabetes:

Prince Albert, Sask.

“I spent years seeing the aftermath of poor blood sugar control with wounds and blood circulation problems. Most families would find it hard to say diabetes hasn’t affected some family members. My family is not any different with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in my extended family.”

– Lori Nelson, registered nurse and CDE


“I really struggled when I was younger—it was tough being thrown into this disease for the rest of my life where I did nothing to get it, and nothing could make it go away. I remind myself I am doing the best I can to manage my disease, and try not to judge myself—and Lori has helped me do that. She gives me strength and courage for those hard days.”

– Alana Toles, lives with type 1 diabetes


Moncton, N.B.

“My primary goal is to keep people out of the hospital. Patients have time to talk to me about things they may not have time to talk to others about. I can help them with the stress management and self-management of the disease. And I can direct them to the community resources they need. Our job is not just to teach people. Our job is to support them.”

– Shelley Jones, registered nurse and CDE


“Having access to an endocrinologist and diabetes educators at my local clinic has been a huge step forward in helping to successfully manage my diabetes. Diabetes educators understand the challenges a person with diabetes encounters and provide valuable tips and resources to help people live well.”

– Karen MacCurdy Thompson, lives with type 1 diabetes


To share a story of how a diabetes educator has impacted your life positively, visit facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation or twitter.com/DiabetesAssoc.

About Diabetes Awareness Month
One in three Canadians already has diabetes or prediabetes and many don’t know it, so the need for prevention is greater than ever. By taking a short online type 2 diabetes risk test at DiabetesTest.ca, people can start to take charge of their health!

About the 21 Day Challenge to End Diabetes
Join thousands of like-minded Canadians for the 21 Day Challenge to End Diabetes by starting a new healthy habit to raise vital funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Sign-up at 21DaysforDiabetes.ca.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) is the registered national charity that helps the 11 million Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes live healthy lives, and educates those at risk. In communities across Canada, the CDA:

  • offers educational programs and support services;
  • develops resources to health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • advocates with those affected by diabetes to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • funds research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Randi Gill
Communications Manager
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: 403-266-0620, ext. 1116
Cell: 403-462-6353