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About Us

DiaSport Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in August 2019 to help mentor and coach children living with Type 1 Diabetes through diet and exercise

Meet Our Board Members

Jason Stajkowski and Robin Stajkowski (President / Director)

We grew up in Thunder Bay, ON and moved to Ladysmtih, BC just after our son, Kurtis, was born in 2009. In 2017, we gave Kurtis two sisters, Madison and Abigail. It was spring 2018. We were going camping to the interior of BC. During the drive, we noticed the classic signs of diabetes; thirst, frequently going to the bathroom, and always hungry. Neither of us has ever dealt with Diabetes, let alone the symptoms. We have no family history. We thought it was a growth spurt plus we were going through a warm spell.

After a day camping, we cut it short on advice from our medical friends. Right then, we were thrust into the world of diabetes. DiaSport was created to help kids living with Type 1 diabetes to be able to participate in sports and help manage their blood sugars so they don’t have to miss the “big moment”. With mentoring from our coaches and skills we help bring more confidence to managing your diabetes.

Jason Wark (Director)

I was born on December 26th, 1992, in Campbell River B.C. My older sister Krysta and I were very lucky to be raised by our two loving parents, Lynn and Dave. From a young age I was exposed to a variety of sports and went on lots of adventures. Our main activities as a family included mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking, and swimming. I was a very energetic kid that had a passion for sport. When I was 4 years old, I started playing hockey and absolutely loved it. At the age of 12, I was a first-year bantam player. The summer before rep tryouts I had been experiencing all the symptoms of high blood sugar and had lost about 30 pounds. At the time, my family and I thought it was something to do with puberty and the fact that I was going through a growth spurt. After struggling through tryouts and eventually being cut from the rep team, I finally went to the doctor to find out what the issue was. At age 12 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I knew my life was going to be a lot more challenging but was reassured that I could still achieve my athletic goals if I stayed committed. After working hard on managing my blood sugar, I re-gained my strength, and improved my game. At the age of 15, I played in the BCMML and moved away from home to live with a billet family. From the age of 16 to 20, I played my junior career in the VIJHL, BCHL, NAHL, AJHL, and SJHL. Again, I was away from my family living with billets during this time. After junior, I received a scholarship to play college hockey at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton where I played for 4 more years. With such an intense focus on hockey, social life, and school, I didn’t manage my diabetes very well. By the age of 25 I was experiencing early signs of diabetes related complications. This forced me to make managing my diabetes my main priority once I moved back out west.

Currently, I am living back in Campbell River working as a forest engineer. I am still playing hockey in the Campbell River men’s league. On my spare time I enjoy mountain and road biking, running, skiing, swimming, yoga, and I love to adventure in nature with my dog Kobe. I manage my diabetes with multiple daily injections (MDI), a CGM (Dexcom G6), and consume a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet to maximize my insulin sensitivity. With 15 plus years of experience managing diabetes and maintaining an active and adventurous lifestyle I have learned a lot of valuable lessons. I am very excited and passionate about supporting and empowering fellow type 1 diabetics in their pursuit of competitive sports and living a fulfilled life overall. I can’t wait to meet more type 1 diabetic athletes and their families. Together we will continue to build a strong community of people that empower and inspire us to accomplish our goals!

Kara Marshall (Director)

Kara is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health with honours from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University. She also has completed the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Kara works as both a clinical dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with Fraser Health and a consulting dietitian with QubeCore Sports and Rehab, Symphony Rehab and Simon Fraser University Sports Medicine. She provides evidence-based nutrition counseling for a wide variety of clients and is motivated to help you create a personalized nutrition plan that fits your lifestyle. Areas of focus include diabetes management, performance nutrition, heart healthy eating, vegan/vegetarian eating, and weight management.

Kara has professional affiliations with Dietitians of Canada (Sport Nutrition Network), the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, and Professionals in Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Outside of work Kara enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing, cooking and photography.

Barry Wolfe (Director)

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Brodi Keefe (Director)

Brodi, is a family and relationship oriented person and someone who has had type 1 diabetes for 12 years. Battling the ups and downs, Brodi has been able to have a successful university soccer career followed by a couple stints trialing with professional clubs in Asia and Europe. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and accounting, and is currently working on his red seal designation in carpentry.

Brodi is involved in the lower island soccer community playing for local club vic west and has coached with Bays United in the past.

He is a strong believer that diet and exercise are the keys to a long and healthy life with type 1 diabetes.

When approached by Diasport, he did not hesitate to get on board and take advantage of the opportunity. Brodi hopes to reach as many youth impacted by the disease, share his experiences, and show that through good habits and routine that you can achieve great things and not be held back by diabetes.

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