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Friends for Life Canada

International Conference and Expo
August 27-29, 2010
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside
Vancouver, BC, Canada


CWD's Friends for Life Canada: Vancouver 2010 conference is sold out. If you would like to be on the waiting list in case space becomes available, please contact Laura Billetdeaux at .

Enjoy spectacular views

CWD teens make ...

... deep and lasting friendships ...

... and really enjoy themselves

Even parents have fun

Grandparents come too!


We've just landed back in England with heads filled with stories and hearts filled with wonder. Our friends here will be heartily tired of us as we tell tales of our adventures with Children with Diabetes. Friends for Life exceeded our expectations on so many levels; we met heaps of terrific people, made friends, learned so much about living with diabetes and how to improve all of our lives through application and communication. Above all we realised more than ever before that we're not alone, that our challenges are shared by many and that where there's life there's hope. Tom Karlya mentioned a quote from the Escobars in his welcome speech, the one about bottling the essence of Friends for Life so that one could open that bottle whenever one wanted. We couldn't know at the time what he meant; we do now. We'll be back, and we're bringing friends.
--Ash from England about Friends for Life 2008

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes (CWD) presents our First Annual Friends for Life Canada conference! Join our international group of world-renowned clinicians, researchers, physicians, adults, children, and families with diabetes to learn the most current information in diabetes care. Attend educational sessions and get cutting-edge ideas for your family's diabetes management. Participate in parent discussion groups and find new, creative ways to help and motivate your children. Connect in-person with families you've met through the CWD online community. Watch toddlers and teens, young parents and grandparents, new diabetes professionals and practiced clinicians make new and lifelong friendships. This is a conference you won't ever forget!

Who Should Attend the 2010 Event?

  • Families and individuals with type 1 diabetes
  • Young adults, teens, school-age children, and younger children
  • Grandparents
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and their siblings and their best friends
  • Their parents
  • Adults with type 1 diabetes and their spouses or partners

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, August 27, 2010:
    Informal CWD community get togethers; Registration Opens, and Grand Opening Reception for everyone in the Exhibit Area; Teen Social
  • Saturday, August 28, 2010:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; Family and Friends Banquet; DJ and Dancing for Teens
  • Sunday, August 29, 2010:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; teens and tweens offsite at the Aquarium (with plenty of staff and supervision); lunch and snacks included!

The Conference Venue and Reservations

The Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, 1133 West Hastings St., Vancouver, will be home for this first Canadian Friends for Life event. The hotel has a prime downtown location on the Vancouver waterfront, overlooking Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. It is near the Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Robson Street shopping and the Pacific Centre.

Registration for the conference does not include hotel. You must reserve a room directly with the Renaissance if you wish to stay on site (it is recommended, and most people do, as it fosters the sense of family and community throughout the weekend). Rooms are $199 CDN per night.

Reservations at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside can be made using their online reservation system or by calling 1-800-905-8582 and referencing the booking code "CWD".

Registration Information

Family Registration is priced at US$285 through May 1, 2010 (Early Registration) and US$310 from May 2 through August 13, 2010 (Regular Registration). Each Family Registration includes up to two (2) adults and up to three (3) children under the age of 18. Additional related adults and children may be added to a family registration for an additional charge. Single adult professional pricing is US$200. Please note that we expect the conference to sell out and do not plan on having on-site registration.

The Program

The adult program is designed to run 3-4 sessions simultaneously during Saturday and Sunday. The specific program (sessions, times, and speakers) will be available in Winter 2010. There will also be two-day programming for school-age children (ages 6-9), tweens (ages 10-12), and teens (ages 13+). Full-day childcare is available for children under age 6, by pre-registration only. Please note that all conference participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or adult guardian with them during the entire conference (i.e., teens and children should not be dropped off to participate while parents go elsewhere). This is for health and liability reasons, and there will be no exceptions.

Youth Program Note

Please note that all children must be with their appropriate age group during sessions. The elementary program is for children ages 6-9; the tween program is for children ages 10-12, and the teen program is for ages 13-18. There is no 'skipping up' or 'skipping down.' This is per our insurance guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.

For More Information

For more conference information, contact:

  • Mike Schurig at 407-859-9630 or or
  • Laura Billetdeaux at 734-428-8265 or
Please phone during regular business hours (eastern time), as these are home offices.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

For information about sponsoring or obtaining exhibitor space for this event, please contact Laura Billetdeaux via email at or call 734-428-8265 during regular business hours (eastern time).

Friends for Life Canada: Vancouver 2010 is Sponsored By:
Founding Sponsors
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Supporting Sponsors
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Charity Partner

Special Guest
George Canyon

Photo Country music star George Canyon will join us for the conference and will be performing at the dinner on Saturday night.

Special Guest
Jen Alexander

Photo Testing blood sugars in the middle of the night is something most people with diabetes have mastered, but marathon swimmer Jen Alexander takes it to a new level: she tests her blood sugar in the middle of the night while treading water and getting stung by jellyfish! Jen was diagnosed when she was 13 years old - back when blood tests took 3-5 minutes. Jen has swum from Alcatraz to San Francisco, around parts of Manhattan, and in lakes and oceans around the Maritimes.

Special Guest
Leanne Stanley

Photo Paddler Leanne Stanley now has 4 World Champion titles to her credit as she has just returned from the 2010 World Outrigger Sprint Championships with 2 team Gold medals and an individual Bronze. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 25, Leanne uses her Diabetes to motivate herself, her teammates and athletes she coaches to see the positives in any situation and live life to the fullest everyday!

Special Guests
Jonny White

Photo Jonny White has had type 1 diabetes since he was fifteen years old. He believes the challenge of managing the disease has made him stronger. In 2006, he cycled the length of Africa with Tour D'Afrique, riding his bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa - 12,000km in 4 months. He created a documentary of the experience. His work and study focuses on motivating individuals to push their boundaries. He is a doctoral student and a part-time professor of Media Psychology. He wears a Medtronic insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and is sponsored at this conference by Medtronic.

Special Guest
Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher is a World Cup bronze medallist and a member of the National Adapted Snowboarding team, and now also a part of the Development Team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He wears an Animas insulin pump and is sponsored at this conference by Animas Canada.

Friends for Life Canada: Vancouver 2010
Introduction - Registration - Overview - Program - Program Details
Youth Program - Faculty and Staff - Sponsors

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