I'm in New West! There are some Type 1 support groups around Vancouver, which I've attended a few times, but I find support groups don't really fit with me. I find them a bit artificial. I'd rather just do coffee with people! I should try them again, though, as the one I attended before was at VGH and I was in North Vancouver at the time, and I think the long transit commute negatively affected my perceptions of it, too. (I went several years ago, not sure if the group still exists ...)
I'm 31 and have had Type 1 for 21 1/2 years. (I'm also visually impaired, but not from diabetes.) I don't know many people "in person" with Type 1, except those I've met through the support group. I've met one person with Type 1 online who I later met in person. I've also attended the Children With Diabetes conference when it was here in 2010; if it comes again in 2014 I'll probably be going again.