Young Leaders from Canada

Hi! My name is Danielle McVicar and I hale from Canada. I was born in 1990 in

Nanaimo, BC and grew up in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, ON. From a very young age I was involved in various competitive sports, such as cross country skiing, swimming, track and soccer. At 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. A few months after my diagnosis, I had the opportunity to attend my local diabetes camp.  Camp provided me with a diabetes support system, lifelong friends and a sense of confidence in myself.  Ultimately, this experience allowed me to understand that with hard work and perseverance over time, diabetes would not limit my potential in sport and success.

During my high school years, I continued to competitively cross country ski race at national and international events. I was then awarded a full athletic scholarship at a NCAA Division 1 school, the University of New Hampshire. I skied for UNH for four years and earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing with honours.

My name is Kayla Brown and I was born in Ontario, Canada. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Western Ontario, I am also a graduate of Fanshawe College. Currently I am working as a Nanny for a little girl living with type 1 diabetes; it provides me with a great learning experience as well as a reminder that if she can take care of her type 1 diabetes and she's three, I can take care of mine! I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on March 13th 2009, at the age of eighteen and currently wear an insulin pump.

The greatest challenge of living with type 1 diabetes for me, is taking the time out of my day to take care of myself. I am a busy person and it can be easy to forget to check or simply guess.

In Canada access to insulin and supplies is O.K. If you have insurance or are in school, your medication will be taken care of. However, insulin is not free after you graduate if you don't have insurance, so that can prove to be a challenge. However, in Ontario, Canada and in many other provinces, insulin pumps are paid for by the government along with supplies. You don't have to pay out of pocket, the pump is given to you (as long as you abide by the rules, i.e prove that you're taking care of your diabetes, checking 4x a day) and then you also get money for supplies each month.

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