Liz MacArthur is shown with her son, Liam, who graduated from UPEI last year. Liam was diagnosed in 2003 with Type 1 diabetes at the age of seven. – Contributed A Cornwall woman who has spent the past decade and a half volunteering has been honoured for her dedication.
Liz MacArthur was awarded the volunteer of the year award for P.E.I. from Diabetes Canada. MacArthur has been volunteering with what was then known as the Canadian Diabetes Association for over 16 years when her oldest son, Liam, was diagnosed in 2003 with Type 1 diabetes at the age of seven.
She says it was such a difficult and life-changing event that she wanted to help in any way she could to help other children and Islanders living with the disease.
MacArthur, who is a senior technologist and laboratory manager at the Atlantic Vet College at UPEI, started out volunteering with the local diabetes office and helped resurrect the annual Flame of Hope Walk for Diabetes.
She could be found at almost any fundraising or advocacy event on the Island wearing the red volunteer shirt.
She served as a P.E.I. delegate for the Canadian Diabetes Association, attending national meetings and awareness training for numerous years, and has recently completed two back-to-back terms as P.E.I. regional chairwoman.
MacArthur also served on the National Advocacy Board for Diabetes Canada where she met and consulted with members of Parliament in Ottawa.
Perhaps one of her biggest accomplishments was the recent announcement by the provincial government of the Kids in School policy, an initiative she helped lead and press for almost 10 years after watching her son go through the school system.
Although MacArthur’s official tenure as regional chairwoman has just ended, she doesn’t plan to stop volunteering with Diabetes Canada.
MacArthur lives in Cornwall with her husband, Marc, her son, John, and daughter Meg.
Her eldest son, Liam, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, graduated from UPEI last year with a bachelor of science degree and is now out on his own and is a new father of a one-year old baby girl.
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