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DSMA Live with Jen Henson, coh-hosts Scott K.Johnson, George Simmons and Cherise Shockley (Founder, DSMA)
JEN HANSON BKin, BEd, MEd, OCT, Connected in Motion For as long as she can remember, Jen has been encouraged to explore. Her earliest memories are of family camping trips into the heart of Algonquin and the interior of Killarney Provincial Parks. Looking back at her family’s earliest photographs of their adventures, she can’t say that much has changed in the quarter century that has passed. Jen’s early beginnings as a campfire-loving, bug-catching, mud-puddle-jumping, tree-climbing tot sparked in her a love for the natural world that has been fostered and grown into a full-blown passion for everything outdoors. Jen has always been a small town girl, growing up on a small family farm, north of Toronto, Ontario. She has been lucky to have played the role of ‘oldest sister’ to four younger siblings and of daughter to an amazing pair of ‘campy’ parents. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of three, but she didn’t let growing up with diabetes stop her from living a healthy, active, adventurous life. Jen spent 18 summers of her life at Camp Huronda, the local camp for children with diabetes, played ringette, hockey and rugby competitively through high school and wrestled at both the provincial and national level on the varsity women’s team during her years at Brock University. Diabetes has, in fact, given Jen many amazing opportunities to adventure and explore throughout her life, including paddling the waters of northern Ontario, hiking the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and splashing in the cool Pacific waters off the coast of Vancouver Island. Through diabetes education initiatives, Jen has travelled throughout North America as well as to Europe and Asia.
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