Our Mission is two-fold: Fight Diabetes and Preserve a Legacy
The Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation (SFBLF) was incorporated by Letters Patent on November 15, 2005 and was registered as a Canadian charitable organization on July 19, 2006. SFBLF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by a senior Advisory Board, Diabetes Outreach team, clinical innovation teams, other partners, and many volunteers.
We have achieved our basic goal of preserving a major Canadian legacy and creating a unique, educational and inspirational backdrop against which to pursue our Fight Diabetes programs. The evolution of our Diabetes Management and Education Centre (DMEC) complex at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park (BHHP) in Alliston, Ontario will continue. This 107-acre historic site is the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Canada’s first Nobel Laureate.
Our programs to help fight diabetes include instructor-led School Tours, Diabetes Classes for adults, guided Group Tours and scheduled hours for general public visitors to our DMEC.
SFBLF is also building capacity for clinical innovation through partnerships, annual lectureships, symposia, awards for graduate and post doctoral students, and supporting education for and collaboration among experts and caregivers from both the youth and adult healthcare systems. Our intent is to help increase service delivery capacity and effectiveness to support youth living with diabetes as they make the ‘transition’ from paediatric to adult healthcare services.
Our DMEC is not a museum nor is it an art gallery but has aspects of both. Our Banting Legacy Collection contains hundreds of items; paintings, prints, manuscripts, artefacts and memorabilia created by, or relating to, Sir Frederick Banting. Exhibits are routinely being enhanced with the help of partners and interested supporters and are rotated on a periodic basis.
With the help of donors, partners, volunteers and service providers, we have transformed the Banting Homestead Heritage Park into a welcoming, educational and inspirational venue for people living with diabetes and all Canadians and visitors from around the world.
We invite you to visit the site at which a great Canadian and medical giant was born and spent his early years. Barrier-free access and ample, free parking are characteristics of the site.
In this section of our website, you can find more details about our Mission, read a Message from the President, find a list of our Board and Advisory Board members, link to recent Newsletters and enjoy the Gallery of photos from our DMEC location.