The SFBLF Mission is two-fold:
Fight Diabetes and Preserve a Legacy
Our primary focus is on disease prevention and disease self-management through education, clinical innovation and sustained support with an emphasis on youth. Minimizing the ‘transition’ challenges faced by youth with diabetes as they navigate from the pediatric to the adult healthcare system is a key priority. Helping youth with diabetes to live a better quality of life and encouraging and motivating them to feel good about themselves and to achieve success are also key objectives of our programs.
Preserving a Legacy
SFBLF Legacy Programs honour Banting’s life and talents (e.g., artist, carver, war hero, medical scientist) through public access to informative exhibits that include the ‘discovery of insulin’, the ‘discovery’ team and the Nobel Prize among other themes. The exhibits are intended to add interest and support diabetes-related education at the site.
The site is neither a museum nor an art gallery but has aspects of both. The exhibit venues are located within our Diabetes Management and Education Centre (DMEC) complex at the Banting Homestead Heritage Park, the birthplace of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin and Canada’s first Nobel Laureate in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.
The exhibits are drawn from the Banting Legacy Collection that includes hundreds of items created by, or relating to, Sir Frederick Banting and have been augmented with gifts and loans from other organizations, families and individuals.
The Legacy programs include an annual celebration of Banting’s birthday, awards to adults living with diabetes who have used insulin for 50 years or more, student art contest and special annual events in support of the International Diabetes Federation World Diabetes Day programs.