Joan King is the Manager of Outreach and Advocacy, Government Relations & Public Affairs at Diabetes Canada. Joan has been a passionate diabetes advocate for over 17 years, working with Diabetes Canada's National Advocacy Council in advocating the positions and policies of Diabetes Canada to the Canadian public, governments, non-government organizations and the media on behalf of the diabetes community in Canada.
Joan works to identify the issues facing people with diabetes in Canada and has crafted Diabetes Canada Position Statements on these matters.
Joan contributes to many publications and speaks to media and audiences on topics related to the burden of diabetes and Diabetes Canada's federal and provincial public policy recommendations. Joan also speaks to the many issues of discrimination and stigma faced by Canadians living with diabetes, particularly in schools and workplaces.
Following the completion of her Business and Commerce degrees, she worked at the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in Edmonton and then was recruited by the Diabetes Canada in Alberta. Recognizing her affinity for public policy and advocacy, she migrated to the National Office Government Relations and Public Affairs in 2000 and supports its work across the country from the Diabetes Canada office in Edmonton.
Industry Expertise (3)
Public Relations and Communications
Areas of Expertise (6)
Diabetes Charter for Canada
Non Profit Advocacy
University of Alberta: B.Comm., Commerce
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology: BBA., Business Administration
Media Appearances (4)
Stoufville diabetic sharing discovery of tax help
Although there is now an option to recoup some of the money they must spend in order to stay alive, the reality is that not many diabetics qualify, according to Joan King, manager of government relations and public affairs for the Canadian Diabetes Association...
Diabetes association creates charter, highlighting need for equality to services
Winnipeg Free Press online
Joan King, manager of outreach and individual advocacy for the association, said a national vision for tackling diabetes is a necessity. She terms the seriousness of the disease "a national health crisis." King said health care and government officials and diabetes sufferers worked with her group in developing the charter. "It proposes a vision of a country where people have the supports and care that they need to manage their diabetes," she said...
Young diabetes sufferers pumped by new decision
Vancouver Courier online
Joan King, an advocacy manager for the Canadian Diabetes Association in Alberta, said her province only started covering insulin pumps last year, but it covers them for people of any age...
Diabetics can now be RCMP constables
"I would never have been able to do this without the help of Joan King from the Canadian Diabetes Association and Dean Hutchinson from McCarthy Tetrault, LLP to whom I'm very grateful."...