Media Advisory - Canadian Diabetes Association set to unveil first-ever Diabetes Charter for Canada

A vision for Canadians with diabetes to live to their full potential

OTTAWA, April 2, 2014 /CNW/ - On April 7, 2014, World Health Day, the Canadian Diabetes Association will host events across the country to introduce the Diabetes Charter for Canada (Charter), which supports a shared voice for the diabetes community and presents a common vision for diabetes prevention and management, support and care. The goal of the Charter is to inspire a grassroots initiative to create movement towards comparable access to diabetes support and care for all people living with the disease. Media are invited to attend the events.

British Columbia
 
  Time:    9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 
  Where:  Fairmount Hotel Waterfront, Terrace Room
    900 Canada Place  
    Vancouver, BC
     
Alberta
 
  Time:   10 to 11 a.m.
  Where:  Edmonton City Hall
    1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
    Edmonton, AB
     
Saskatchewan
 
  Time:   10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Where:  Travelodge Saskatoon
    106 Circle Drive
    Saskatoon, SK
     
Manitoba
 
  Time:   10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Where:  Manitoba Legislative Building, Rotunda
    450 Broadway Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB
     
Ontario
 
  Time:   1:30 to 2 p.m.
  Where:  Centre Block, House of Commons, Charles Lynch Room  
    Ottawa, ON
     
  Time:   12 to 1 p.m.
  Where:  Queen's Park, Main Legislative Building, Room 228
    Toronto, ON
     
Nova Scotia
 
  Time:   11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  Where:  Canada Games Centre Boardroom
    26 Thomas Raddall Drive
    Halifax, NS
     
New Brunswick
 
  Time:   11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  Where:  YMCA
    570 York Street
    Fredericton, NB
     
Newfoundland and Labrador
 
  Time:   11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  Where:  Holiday Inn, Salon D
    Portugal Cove Road
    St. John's, NFLD
     
Prince Edward Island
 
  Time:   10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  Where:  Rodd Charlottetown Hotel
    75 Kent Street
    Charlottetown, PEI
     

The guiding principles of the Canadian Diabetes Association in developing the Charter are to: ensure that people who live with diabetes are treated with dignity and respect; advocate for equitable access to high-quality diabetes care and supports; and enhance the health and quality of life for people who live with diabetes and their caregivers.

Canadians from coast to coast are invited to participate in this important nationwide initiative by signing the Diabetes Charter for Canada online at www.MyDiabetesCharter.ca.

About the Diabetes Charter for Canada
The Canadian Diabetes Association developed the Charter through extensive research and consultation, which consisted of: a literature review of health and patient charters developed in Canada and internationally; a panel of subject matter experts including Canadians with diabetes and health professionals to identify key issues affecting people with diabetes; four consultative workshops attended by more than 80 Canadians within the diabetes community; and a survey verifying the rights and responsibilities proposed in the workshops.

An advisory committee of health-care providers and diabetes advocates were consulted regularly and overall, more than 200 people across Canada have been involved in developing the Charter.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure. Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on www.facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

SOURCE Canadian Diabetes Association

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

Randi Gill
Communication Manager
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: (204) 925-3800, ext. 234
Cell: (204) 588-7724
randi.gill@diabetes.ca