Our Stories

Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or to just say hello- we love to chat with our fellow YT1’rs!

Co-Founders & Directors:

Ramya Hosak – Executive Director, Co-Founder



Hey Folks! My name is Ramya and 2018 marks my 11 year anniversary with type 1 diabetes (T1D)! Diagnosed as an adult, I really wanted for a community that “got” what living with T1D in adulthood felt like- hence Young and T1 was born!

6 years ago when co-founding Young and T1, I did not realize what an awesome resource this would be for myself- and now over 450 individuals in BC- for learning and sharing with one another. We meet at hosted events in person and also connect on social media about everything from tax credits to how to bolus for sushi (a tough one!).

Through meeting folks with similar daily struggles, and living with my husband Mark who also has T1D, I have learned that all bodies are different. One size does not fit all in T1D management and getting as much information available to us as possible is important. In conveying struggles AND successes with one another, we all benefit from shared knowledge.

Not- for- profit work is my passion. Social justice, community development & equal access to healthcare are issues incredibly important to me. One of YT1’s initiatives has been to advocate for universal insulin pump coverage in BC with Diabetes Canada, and we supported their efforts as well with the recent threat to those living with type 1 diabetes qualifying for the Disability Tax Credit.

I consider myself a connoisseur of charcuterie boards, mild-roast coffee, and recently have taken a liking to afternoon naps.

Benjamin Mammon – Director of Operations, Co-Founder

screen-shot-2016-07-10-at-7-21-24-pm.pngHello and welcome to YT1!
I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes since I was 12 years old.  Over the years I’ve realized that life with T1D requires a lot of patience, trial and error, and innovation for problems that most people never have to worry about.
I’ve also realized that we can do anything that we put our minds to (I recently built a homemade artificial pancreas to control my blood sugars!)

When I transitioned to adult healthcare at 18 years old, I quickly realized that I was on my own – a local community of young adults living with T1D was nonexistent at that time. I’m so glad that Young and T1 was formed to fill that gap and create a place where like-minded (and like-pancreased) people can come together. We’re always looking for new members and ideas, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just want to chat. For more info on my homemade artificial pancreas, check out: https://loopkit.github.io/loopdocs/

Kristen Eng – Creative Director

BD4_6055 - Version 3My name is Kristen and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009! It has been quite a learning curve from starting out on multiple daily injections to using an insulin pump, but I made it! I am currently an undergraduate in UBC’s dentistry program and I am super excited to work with patients. In my spare time, I love biking, running, skiing, ulti, baking, and grabbing steeped tea (double double of course!) from Timmy’s with friends to try to win roll-up-the-rim. I think I’m on a winning streak of 4/15 but I may have lost count along the way…

Feel free to shoot me an e-mail about anything and everything as I thoroughly enjoy meeting and getting to know other T1Ds like myself! Or if you just want to go for a Tim’s run…I’d never say no to that…

Tyler Pearce – Director of Physical Activity


I go by the name of Tyler, I am currently a 3rd year carpentry apprentice at BCIT. Being active is the lifestyle I have always had and when I was diagnosed at the young age of 12, I wasn’t about to let diabetes change that. Having type 1 for just over 8 years now I have learned to keep on top of diabetes in my life and take control of it, not the other way around. Something that is attainable for us all. From mountain biking, snowboarding or eating that delicious Nutella sandwich, and everything in between, I have experienced it all and how anything and everything can effect your sugars. Having a positive mindset with type 1 is just about the best thing you can do and that is why we are all here for you. We all have this thing for the long haul so lets make the most of it, nobody ever said you were in this alone or couldn’t meet some truly amazing people along the way. Help us make type 1 diabetes something that doesn’t control you and something you can truly overcome. Don’t hesitate to send a message or a question my way or even just to have a conversation about something we all share in common. And yes I LOVE Nutella!

YT1 Member Stories:

Dale Williams

Congratulations—you have successfully navigated through the less important info and found my biography. I was diagnosed at the late-blooming age of 25, and suddenly I had to reinvent the way I lived. Making the best of a bad situation is a skill us diabetics seem to share, and so I began a series of great changes including moving to Vancouver, developing as a young professional, and stumbling into this amazing group. In my first few get-togethers with YTI, I realized that this was a warm, knowledgeable, insulin-dependent family that’s always looking for long-lost brothers and sisters. Aside from having fun, which you will have a lot of, being around other diabetics opens you up to some insight that you may not find elsewhere. If you’re having a hard time, awesome time, or just a time, reach out to me and YT1 and your next injection will be a full shot of friendship.

Maureen Long

16730272_10158159049155176_226623485126598809_nHello, I’m Maureen! I was diagnosed when I was 8, and now that I have gotten the tedious details out of the way, I lead a pretty adventurous life and enjoy challenging myself.  I joined YT1 when I moved to Vancouver for university and was so happy to find this glorious Type 1 community! YT1 has been a wonderful source of friendship and knowledge. In case you are venturing out on into the great unknown, please ask me about:  scuba diving, rock climbing, cycle touring, backpacking, student exchange programs. I have worked through the logistics of supplies, temporary basal rates, and foreign foods and I’ve had some wonderful experiences, all while managing the DiabEETus.  It can be a struggle, it can be a triumph! Resilience is key.  As I have gotten to know my fellow Type one-ers, I have taken more responsibility for my health, and have the resources to improve the BS (blood sugars) and have fun while doing so! I like to meet people and I am at many of the YT1 events, come introduce yourself!

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