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Diabetes Wellness Worker

What is a Diabetes Wellness Worker?

Created by the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle, Diabetes Wellness Workers are a team of individuals who work in a defined region and “diabetes awareness from an Indigenous perspective and assist Indigenous communities in identifying appropriate resources and services, planning, prevention and awareness strategies and coordinating community/regional programs and events based on community needs.”

Diabetes Wellness Workers also conduct outreach activities, including hosting booths, workshops and presentations.

Topics that Diabetes Wellness Workers might cover, include:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Management
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Cooking Demos
  • 13 Grandmother Moons Teachings
  • Foot Care Resources, Clinics & Displays
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Diabetes Emergency in the Workplace
  • Sweetgrass Fitness
  • Sweetgrass Yoga
Source: https://idhc.life/diabetes-wellness/
  • The average Recreation Therapist salary in Canada is $63,375 per year or $32.50 per hour
Schooling Entry Requirements



Diabetes Wellness Worker is not a regulated profession and as such does not have specific educational requirements. Candidates must have at minimum a relevant College or University degree or equivalent, with two- (2) years’ work and/or related experience.

Must have knowledge of diabetes and diabetes prevention, specifically within Indigenous communities.

Knowledge of Indigenous language, traditions and culture will be considered an asset.

Source: https://idhc.life/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Diabetes-Wellness-Worker-Central_2018-posting.pdf

Schooling Options


Professional Requirements
  • Must provide CPIC
  • Must travel and have valid driver’s license and access to reliable personal transportation.
  • Evenings and weekends as required.
Professional Body


Interested in Pursuing This Career?

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