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Blue Circle Campaign supports Diabetes Canada

During Diabetes Awareness Month purchase a blue circle at Pharmasave

Manitoba and Saskatchewan. (November 1, 2017) – Diabetes Canada will kick off its Diabetes Awareness Month activities this November with a Blue Circle Campaign at Pharmasave locations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The blue circle symbol, developed by the International Diabetes Federation, is used to signify the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic. It’s easy to purchase a blue circle at check-out to support Diabetes Canada, including the D-Camps program for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes.

“Diabetes Canada is pleased to once again be partnering with Pharmasave on this campaign,” says Brie Hnetka, regional director for Saskatchewan. “For more than five years, their support has allowed us to provide quality programming and to fund important diabetes research projects. In Saskatchewan, our D-Camps program helps children and youth with type 1 diabetes learn how to manage more independently in a medically-supervised environment where every camper has diabetes too.”

“We are thrilled that Pharmasave has once again endorsed our Blue Circle Campaign in Manitoba,” says Andrea Kwasnicki, Regional Director for Manitoba. “Last Year Pharmasave’s Gimli location was the top fundraiser of all stores in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, raising more than $5,000 to support Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps program, community outreach services, research and advocacy initiatives. We thank Pharmasave for their ongoing commitment and support of Diabetes Canada.”

Since the partnership began, Pharmasave locations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba have raised close to $60,000 to support Diabetes Canada in their work to End Diabetes. “The Pharmasave Central region continues to be a proud supporter of Diabetes Canada and the Blue Circle Campaign,” says Paul Melnyk, CEO Pharmasave Drugs (Central) Ltd. “Last November, the Pharmasave members and their communities raised $20,000 to help send children who live with type 1 diabetes to the D-Camps program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These camps are structured to provide the kids with tools and support to empower them in gaining independence in managing their diabetes.”

You can also support Diabetes Canada during Diabetes Awareness Month by making a donation at 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) or online at

Worried about your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Diabetes Canada is encouraging Canadians to visit to take the CANRISK test to learn their risk level. This year, Sun Life Financial is donating $3 to Diabetes Canada for every test completed.

About Diabetes Canada
Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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

Krista Lamb
Communications Manager
Diabetes Canada
Phone: 416-408-7088


About Pharmasave:
With more than 650 stores across the country, Pharmasave is one of Canada’s leading independent community pharmacies. Since being founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of community-based retail outlets designed to provide exceptional patient-centred healthcare, medication advice, drug store products and customer service. Pharmasave continues to differentiate itself through leading-edge digital solutions. Patients can access everyday tools to manage their health in ways that are simple to set up and easy to maintain with eCare@Pharmasave. This suite of interactive solutions enables patients to digitally engage with their pharmacy and empowers them with mobile refills, medication reminders and so much more. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, tailoring both programs and services to the unique needs of customers and reinforcing the commitment to help all customers live well with Pharmasave.

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