March 10, 2016

CALGARY, Alta. – On Friday, March 4, Calgary’s Harry Flint received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his extensive volunteer contribution to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Flint has been a member of the CDA’s physical activity program, Team Diabetes, for more than ten years.

Flint joined Team Diabetes in 2005, after he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The running helped him lose more than 100 lbs. He started running short distances and then graduated to half and full marathons. His first Team Diabetes event was an international race in Reykjavik and he has since travelled around the world.

With 29 events completed (and PEI, Vancouver and Reykjavik scheduled for 2016), Flint is one of the most dedicated members of Team Diabetes. He has raised more than $100,000 through his efforts—funds that go to support the CDA’s research, education and programs.

“Harry’s contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association reach far beyond his incredible monetary impact,” says Rick Blickstead, President and CEO of the CDA. “Harry’s passion for Team Diabetes and the work of the CDA has inspired others, helped create a sense of community and raised awareness of the issues people living with diabetes in Canada face.  We’re proud to have Harry on our team and congratulate him on this well-deserved honour.”  

“We are so grateful to Harry for his contributions to Team Diabetes,” says Donna Dowsett, National Director, Team Diabetes and Events. “He is so passionate about helping people living with diabetes in Canada that he runs with Team Diabetes flyers in his pockets to hand out along his route. We are thrilled to see him receive this recognition for all he has done.”

Learn more about Harry Flint’s story and Team Diabetes at teamdiabetes.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).

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

Krista Lamb
Communications Manager
Canadian Diabetes Association
Phone: 416-408-7088
krista.lamb@diabetes.ca