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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:57 pm 
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Hey gang -

I wanted to let you know about the AAIA Family Conference that is going to be held in Ottawa in the fall... The OASG is co-hosting with the AAIA, so I have been very busy helping pull the program together. Here are the details....

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AAIA Family Conference
INSPIRE!
LEARN MORE ▪ DO MORE ▪ BE MORE


Click here to download the Program and Registration Form.

A bilingual conference for families, caregivers and educators interested in allergies, anaphylaxis, and asthma.

Sunday, October 21, 2007
8 am – 5 pm
La Cité collégiale
801 Aviation Parkway
Ottawa, Ontario


The conference will include:
- Medical speakers (in French and English, with simultaneous interpretation courtesy of Health Canada)
- Interactive workshops in both French and English for teens and adults (including one by our own Gwen Smith!)
- A full-day bilingual children’s program for kids with anaphylaxis and asthma and their siblings (ages 3-12), with Magic! as the theme
- A lunchtime performance by singer-songwriter Kyle Dine – creator of the food allergy CD You Must Be Nuts!
- An allergy- and asthma-aware marketplace with 25 vendors

These details are also available at the AAIA web site and the OASG web site, and I will try to post any updates as they come in.

So... mark the date on your calendar, download the program PDF, and send in your registration form - and please make sure that you pass the word!! :)

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:49 am 
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Location: montreal, quebec
I noticed in the registration form that a buffet lunch is included

Would this lunch be free of the top allergens and who is providing the buffet?

Even though I am in Montreal, I would consider driving down for the day to attend the conference.

Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:50 pm 
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The buffet will be allergy "aware", and catered by La Cite collegiale (where the conference is being held). The catering manager there has a child who has had severe food allergies (outgrown now, I believe), so he is well aware of the concerns of food-allergic folks.

We have required that the food be free of peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds, and will make sure that everyone coming knows not to bring in food with those allergens in them. I think you will agree that to make a lunch free of all the top allergens would be very challenging indeed.

We are striving to make sure there are lots of options for people (including gluten free bread for sandwiches, for example), and all foods will be well labeled with all ingredients listed, and relatively "unfancy". For example, the salad bar will be lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber... all very spread out to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Obviously if you have a lot of food allergies, it might be easiest to bring your own food as backup. Even I might do that with my kids.

I will get more details and post soon. Hope this helps.

You can also contact Monika Gibson of AAIA Ontario (details on the program PDF), although she is out of the office until next week.

K.

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Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:55 pm 
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Only one week left to register for the INSPIRE conference!

It promises to be a very exciting conference, for adults, teens and kids.

If you haven't registered yet, do it now!

Registration form and directions to the conference site can be downloaded from http://www.aaia.ca/en/activity-conference2007.htm .

K.

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Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:10 am 
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We attended the conference and I just want to say that I'm glad we did.
Our daughter had so much fun that she was passed out in the back of the car when we got home (they ran her ragged). She did crafts, games, saw a magician, heard a musical performance by a fellow food allergy survivor, met many children who live her life successfully, got to hang out with a "big girl" who was all about our daughter having fun (a six year olds dream) and she got a loot bag in the end!
My husband learned a lot about products out there (he does most of the shopping) and he got to meet some of the people in our support group. Mostly he was surprised to find that some families are dealing with long lists of allergies (I guess I never mentioned this to him?) and he came away feeling that his world is not so bad as it could be. I think he felt good in that he could make suggestions to others in ways of coping. It helps us to remember that we are doing a good job.
I learned about products I didn't know we could eat -ad's oatmeal cookies (not individually wrapped) are apparently nut-free! I will have to check this out!
I had such a great time meeting others and sharing stories about what works and what doesn't and the take aways were fabulous!
I really advise anyone who has an event such as this happening nearby that they go. I find it is very beneficial for the person with the food allergies to see that others are successfully living their life and also to be able to ofefr support to others as this gives them that sense that they are in control of their own life and managing it well.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
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Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:09 pm 
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Thanks so much for the feedback Susan. I am glad you and your DH and DD had such a great time. I was so busy that I didn't get to see the marketplace at all - boo hoo hoo!!

My two boys had a great time too, and are already planning for the day when they can be volunteers with the kids' program!! (For the oldest - it will be in 4 years, for the youngest - in 6 years.)

K.

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Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:05 am 
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I was also at the conference but working with the kids program. My kids love it as they basically had a teenager to themselves. The teens were great and truly took their duties seriously and with a positive attitude. I did not attend any of the workshops but hope to at a future conference :)

Now, if I only can get the song "Epi-Man" out of my head (no offense Karen).

Jacqueline

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son - born 1998, allergy to peanut, nuts, sesame, shellfish and kiwi; a bunch of allergies to plants, animals, etc. and asthma
daughter - born 2003, no known allergies


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:19 am 
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We were there too and it was amazing!
So much great information, so many great market place vendors.

My DD also crashed afterwards and had an incredible time. She's still talking about it.

Kudos to everyone who made this happen. What a great event.

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