Melanie is the Executive Director with DRIFCan, but her involvement with the organization and the diabetes community does not stop there. After both of her sons were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Melanie saw the impact of the disease on her boys first-hand and became involved with volunteering with the diabetes community. She has participated in many community initiatives, including a kids’ walk program aimed at raising awareness for T1D in schools and various other fundraisers. Her involvement within diabetes organizations has ranged from board member, chair of outreach to mentorship for newly diagnosed families and community walks.
After many years in the banking industry, Melanie made the transition to put her efforts fully into the diabetes community. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of her favourite things to do are skiing, camping, and taking road trips.
In this episode, Melanie gives insight into her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic witnessing the mistreatment of health care workers during her visits to the hospital on behalf of her son, who was sick was an unrelated illness made worse by his diabetes.
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