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Friends for Life Canada 2012

International Conference and Expo
August 24-26, 2012
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Online registration is now closed. On site registration will be available at the conference.

Enjoy spectacular views

CWD kids make ...

... deep and lasting friendships.

CWD's FFL -- Power and Hope

Kids love FFL!

Learn about the latest in diabetes technology

Teens enjoy a day off site


Just to say thanks so much for such an amazing weekend. As first timers we weren't too sure exactly what to expect - but we were inspired, educated, moved, encouraged, welcomed and truly overwhelmed by how good the whole weekend for all of us. My parents in law attended with us and not only have we left with a whole load of information and inspiration, but they now have a much greater understanding of Daisy's diabetes, how they can help and support and I know they found Joe's grandparents session emotional but incredibly supportive - so I am very grateful for that being in the schedule - I know feel we will get far more understanding and support from within our family now which was exactly what we needed - so thank you for that amongst everything else! I hope you have a well earned break scheduled now!
It's so difficult to put into words how much it meant to us all as a family. We were a mess when leaving. I made what can only be described as a pitiful attempt of fighting back the tears at the end of the keynote. Danny was teetering on the brink too. Abi cried in the car on the way home. And Jess summed it up in saying, 'I don't want to leave. This is where my friends are.' As ever we learned new things and refreshed on stuff we'd learned before. I came back feeling energised about diabetes, but in the most exhausted way imaginable ;o) And for those who saw me towards the end of Sunday, it doesn't take much imagining! Even with all the exhaustion though, I wouldn't change being there for the world.

Conference Information

Children with Diabetes (CWD) presents our Third 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 2012 Event?

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

The Conference Schedule in a Nutshell

  • Friday, August 24, 2012:
    Registration Opens at 8:00 p.m., along with the Grand Opening Reception for everyone in the Exhibit Area
  • Saturday, August 25, 2012:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks provided; dinner on your own
  • Sunday, August 26, 2012:
    Sessions for adults and children all day; teen program offsite field trip; breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks provided

The Conference Venue and Reservations

The Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, 1133 West Hastings St., Vancouver, will be home for this 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 $209 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$200 through April 30, 2012 (Early Registration) and US$250 from May 1 through August 10, 2012 (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 pricing is US$75. Please note that the 2010 Vancouver conference sold out; we do not plan on having on-site registration.

The Program

The adult program is designed to run 2-3 sessions simultaneously during Saturday and Sunday. The specific program (sessions, times, and speakers) will be available in Spring 2012. 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 potty-trained children under age 6. 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).

Special Guest
Adin Brenner

Photo Adin Brenner is an 11-year-old competitive gymnast with a silver medal from the 2011 B.C. Winter Games. Adin hopes his hard work will one day pay off, and has his sights set on the 2024 Olympics. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Julia Pesek

Photo Julia Pesek is an 18-year-old equestrian rider with a gold medal from the 2010 B.C. Summer Games and several top finishes under her belt. Her dream is to ride for Canada’s Equestrian Team. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Stephen Lang

Photo Stephen Lang is a 27-year-old outdoor adventure seeker, wilderness guide, big mountain skier, mountaineer, and youth mentor. He has parlayed his love of the outdoors into his own company, Points West Adventures, which runs outdoor programs supporting youth in adventure-based activities. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Elizabeth Czechmeister

Photo Elizabeth Czechmeister is a competitive cross country skier and biathlete from Prince George, who also enjoys music and plays the flute in the youth orchestra and as a soloist. A disciplined and busy young lady with a variety of interests, Elizabeth is also training to become a certified lifeguard! Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Brooke Toop

Photo Brooke Toop is a 15-year-old hockey player from Vernon, BC who was recently accepted to the prestigious Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, a program combining hockey development, game experience, and academic studies. Her dream is to someday play on the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey team. Sponsored by Animas Canada.

Special Guest
Chase Pelletier

Photo Chase Pelletier is a 16-year-old go-kart racer and karate enthusiast who just recently graded for his black belt. A tireless diabetes advocate, check out his latest project at Sponsored by Animas Canada.

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