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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:01 pm 
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AAIA, in partnership with NASK and AaaN, are hosting a family conference on Sat. Oct 3, 2009 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at Bethany Community Church in St. Catharines, Ontario. The conference is entitled " Knowledge for Living with Anaphylaxis, Asthma and Allergies".

Gwen Smith, Editor for Allergic Living will be in attendance and speaking. As well, there are a number of specialists speaking, Kyle Dine will be entertaining, and Sara Shannon will be providing the closing remarks. This is a family conference with a full day of children's programs for children aged 3 - 12.

If payment is received by September 23, 2009:
The cost for AAIA members is $100 for a family of 5, $50 for an adult. For non-members, the cost is $115 for a family of 5, $60 for an adult.

If payment is received after September 23, 2009, the costs are slightly increased.

For more information, including the full schedule, pricing, directions & accomodation consult the AAIA website: http://www.aaia.ca
Hope to see you there!

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15 yr old daughter: no health issues
12 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, sesame, sunflower, mustard, poppy seeds, green peas, some fruits, instructed to avoid all other legumes (except soy & green beans), pollen, cats, horses


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:00 am 
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I have to tell you that Ottawa hosted an AAIA conference in October 2007 and dd is still talking about it! She was 5 years old at the time and she enjoyed it so much. She was able to meet her peers and older children who were managing their allergies. She was able to enjoy a day away from her parents while feeling absolutely safe and have FUN!

I suspect that before this she felt like there was only a few people dealing with allergies. To see so many people and products and to feel absolutely accepted... :D

If you have an opportunity to do so...go!

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:45 pm 
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Yours truly will be there - talking about "Airlines and Allergies" and where we go next with advocacy for more accommodations. Lots of new stuff to share. I think the whole program looks very strong. Hope you can come out.

Nice drive to Niagara, great conference on topics near and dear to us, what more could you ask?


Knowledge for Living Family Conference


Location: Bethany Community Church – Exit 49, QEW
1388 Third St.
St. Catharines, ON, L2R 6P9, Canada
Phone: 905-937-5300
Directions, accommodations on AAIA link above.

Morning Program

8:00 – 8:45 Registration, Displays and Allergy Aware Marketplace
All children participating in children’s program should be registered and in classroom.

8:45 – 9:00 Introductions – Cindy Paskey, President, NASK

9:00 – 9:45 Research Update: What’s new and promising in the world of allergies Dr. M. Jordana, MD, PhD, Allergist & Researcher at McMaster University

9:45 – 10:15 Break – Adults with children. Allergy aware refreshments and snacks provided compliments of Guardian Angel Foods. www.guardianangelfoods.com

10:15 – 11:00 Update - Food Allergen Labelling in Canada Current initiatives by Health Canada to improve labelling of food allergens. Topics include new labelling regulations for allergens, allergen precautionary labelling and other initiatives.
Michael Abbott, Food Allergen Program Manager
Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate, Health Canada

11:00 – 11:30 Anaphylaxis and Human Rights in Ontario
Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children with anaphylaxis, their options and rights and the role of the community in addressing anaphylaxis.
Maurice Brenner, Human Rights Advocate, Ontario

11:30 – 1:00 Allergy Aware Lunch – full ingredient disclosure. Provided or bring your own food.

Afternoon Workshops

Choose from one of three concurrent workshops:

1:00 – 2:15

1. ANAPHYLAXIS: Best strategies for coping with the diagnosis
An interactive workshop, participants will clarify their understanding of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and practice giving an auto-injector correctly. Positive strategies for coping at home, daycare, school and in the wider
community, gained through years of parent experience, will be shared.
Sherri Raso, NASK Executive/Parent & Barbara Ally, M.Sc., Professor, Niagara
College/NASK Parent

2. ABC’s of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis
Diane Michaud, Asthma Educator, Niagara Health Services

3. Air Travel with Food Allergies
A look at anaphylaxis risks in the air, steps to minimize those risks, the current state of airline allergy accommodations, and moving forward with advocacy for accommodations.
Gwen Smith, Editor, Allergic Living Magazine

2:15 – 2:45 Break – Adults with children. Allergy aware refreshments and snacks are provided compliments of Guardian Angel Foods. www.guardianangelfoods.com

2:45 – 4:15

Choose from one of three concurrent workshops:

1. Living with Anaphylaxis: Managing Risk
This interactive workshop will help participants understand how children and
adolescents manage anaphylactic risk. Using children’s illustrations and narratives, environmental factors (physical, social, etc.) emerge as key determinants of risk and risk management. What we learn from the children helps us to distinguish between coping and adaptation strategies; this will help both parents [caregivers] and allergic children enhance their skills in assessing, managing and responding to risk.
Susan J. Elliot, Professor, McMaster University
Co-Program Leader, Program C, AllerGen
Nancy E. Fenton, PhD, RD, McMaster University

2. Emergency Response
Be prepared – learn from the experts what you can do to positively impact an
emergency situation.
Niagara Emergency Medical Services

3. Allergy Testing, Immunotherapy and Other Treatment Options
Dr. Michael Cyr and Dr. Mary Messieh, Allergists

4:15 – 5:00 “Everyday Heroes” – Living Well and Fully!
Parents and kids will enjoy this panel discussion featuring role models who share their day-to-day strategies and experiences.
Moderator: Sandi Mansfield, NASK member and adult living with anaphylaxis.

Closing comments by Sara Shannon and Door Prizes

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Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:51 pm 
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Should mention - this truly is a "family" conference. Kids are engaged all day, as Susan mentions above. Here's what the conference info says:

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM


Family attendance encouraged! Children welcome at no extra charge!

A full day children’s program will be offered to kids with anaphylaxis, allergies and asthma and their siblings aged 3 to 12. The program features an educational component, lots of fun and peer interaction!
Children will be amazed by and benefit from meeting other children who share their health conditions and also carry life-saving medications.

All program staff are trained in anaphylaxis and asthma symptom awareness and emergency procedures, including the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.

The Children’s program is completely food free. Children will be allowed to eat only with their parents during lunch and breaks. Parents and children will be encouraged to wash up before entering the program and after meals.

After lunch, children may choose to attend: A one-hour reptile show OR an art program.

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Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:57 pm 
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Who else is going?

I'm looking forward to these sessions. Gwen

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:49 pm 
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Just reminding - it's this Sat.

Hope to see some of you there. :) Gwen

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