Member of the Month - July

Sonia Downie
JDRF Australia

A snapshot of what you do

I  have worked with JDRF Australian for 19 months as the Development Coordinator for ACT & Regional NSW.

My daughter was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 9, she has had Type 1 diabetes for 11 years now. I have done events for over 18 years, including over 50 fundraising events and national events for major corporate organisations catering for over 900 people at anytime at a major event.

Why do you do what you do?

I love being part of JDRF Australia and part of the Development team to bring events on a National Level and to be able to support the local community for Type 1 Diabetes.

JDRF Australia is the leading global organisation funding T1D research with the mission to accelerate life – changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is a life-long autoimmune disease. It is usually occurs in childhood and is one of the most common chronic diseases in children, but can be diagnosed at any age. JDRF works with Government to deliver research impact to patients.

My position with JDRF Australia gives me a deep appreciation of how JDRF and The Researchers seek to support the community,  as Six Australians are diagnosed every day with Type 1 Diabetes. That’s six families whose lives will never be the same because of this lifelong autoimmune disease.

What sets you apart from others in your industry?

JDRF provides a unique opportunity to help take one step closer to treating, curing and preventing type 1 diabetes. With advocates, and community members sharing the  role in building links between people affected by type 1 diabetes. By reaching out to today’s decision makers we share a better understanding of life with type 1 diabetes, and have an opportunity to get their support in helping to find a cure.

Name three things you can’t do business without?

Car, Computer, Phone

What do you love about being part of Canberra Women in Business?

I enjoy the networking and meeting other professional women. I also enjoy their experience and knowledge and being able to share those experience’s with one another.