Volunteers play key roles with Diabetes Association

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BRUCE PARKER
Brooks Bulletin

Volunteers are a key component in keeping organizations such as the Diabetes Association (Brooks & District) running smoothly.
Executive director Arlene Currie said 250 people help out at different times throughout the year with events and fundraisers such as the Festival of Trees and the annual golf tournament.
“Volunteering with the Diabetes Association gives you a chance to contribute to the lives of people affected by diabetes. Perhaps those close to you and those in our community. You will join a committed group of people who are making a difference,” said Currie.
Without volunteer support, the association would not be able to help those affected by diabetes.
Currie said many of the association’s volunteers are living with type one and two diabetes and are committed to raising monies for diabetes research programs in Alberta.
Diabetes is a chronic debilitating disease which hampers the body’s production and proper use of insulin, a hormone vital to normal metabolism. Its complications are severe and can lead to limb amputation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and reduced life expectancy.
Today, more than 11 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Currie said the association is always looking for volunteer help throughout the year. Anyone interested in helping out should phone 403-362-5914.