Calling Winnipeg Teens with Food Allergy

Winnipeg Lounge

The Children’s Allergy & Asthma Education Centre (CAAEC), Winnipeg, Manitoba invites teens ages 12-16 years with food allergy to the Allergy Lounge. Join us to connect, learn and share with other teens with food allergy. Join us Thursday,

February 26th , 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and April 30, 2015 at the CAAEC at 685 William Avenue. This is a free event. Participants can enter to win a $50 Movie pass.

Call 204-787-4116 or email caaec@hsc.mb.ca to register.

Teen Allergy Event in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Lounge

The Children’s Allergy & Asthma Education Centre (CAAEC), Winnipeg, Manitoba invites teens ages 12-16 years with food allergy to the Allergy Lounge. Join us to connect, learn and share with other teens with food allergy. Join us Thursday,

February 26th , 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and April 30, 2015 at the CAAEC at 685 William Avenue. This is a free event. Participants can enter to win a $50 Movie pass.

Call 204-787-4116 or email caaec@hsc.mb.ca to register.

Register Now! “Teens Talk Allergies” on May 10th, 2014

Anaphylaxis Canada Teen Workshop

Register now for this interactive half-day morning session for youth with food allergies will be filled with open discussions, group activities, games, prizes and teen presentations on key topics. Members of Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and Program Coordinator, Kyle Dine, will lead this session.

The workshop is open to all youth with food allergies between the ages of 13-21 years. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, share experiences, and learn how others have managed their allergies in different situations. Those 18 years of age and older are welcome to join the afternoon Annual Community Conference session “Managing Food Allergies: Working together for a safer future”, at no additional cost.

Please note that lunch is NOT provided.

This session is limited to youth ages 13 – 21. 

Parental permission is required for all youth between 13 and 17 years old.

Please print, complete and sign the parental permission form on page 2, then submit it to Anaphylaxis Canada by fax to 416-785-0458 or by email to info@anaphylaxis.ca

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:30am – 12:00noon
Doors open: 8:00am for Registration

PLACE: Delta Hotel

Room: Chocolate Ballroom – Section 1 (Second Floor)
50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0A3
Tel: 905-477-2010
Complimentary parking

COST: $20/person

Our Anaphylaxis Community Conference!

Portrait of Lindsay

Hi all! My name is Lindsay, and I’m allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy protein. I’m also lactose intolerant.

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba with my fellow YAP member, Joanna, and our Program Coordinator, Heather, for the annual Anaphylaxis Community Conference. I learned so many things, despite having dealt with anaphylaxis my whole life. I thought I would share some of the cool things that I learned!

Promotional image for 2012 Anaphylaxis Canada Community Conference

In the morning, we got the opportunity to listen to a line-up of amazing speakers, including Laurie Harada, Dr. Estelle Simons, a local Teen Panel, and Dr. Thomas Gerstner.

Laurie Harada, the Executive Director of Anaphylaxis Canada, had great insight into being a mom of an allergic teenager and how A.C. works to create allergy safe communities. Did you know that us teenagers are the most risk-taking group with our allergies? That’s why there is such a big focus on our age group and helping us to become more allergy conscious and safe.

Dr. Simons is a leading researcher at the University of Manitoba who discussed anaphylaxis in community settings. One cool thing I learned from her was that when you are having an anaphylactic reaction, it is best to remain lying down with your feet propped up. It is also very dangerous to sit or stand up too quickly!

The Teen Panel consisted of three Manitoban youth who answered a lot of great questions (asked by parents of younger children) about growing up with food allergies. Having never used my epinephrine auto-injector before, it was really reassuring to learn that it doesn’t hurt! A few of the youth have had multiple experiences with their auto-injectors, and they said that you don’t feel a thing when injected!

Before our lunch break, we heard from the allergist, Dr. Gerstner. He discussed the “nuts and bolts” of anaphylaxis, going through many questions that he commonly gets from patients. Something interesting that I learned from him is that if you are allergic to fish and it is being fried in the vicinity, it is possible for you to have an anaphylactic reaction. The frying of the fish aerosolizes protein particles, which you can then inhale through your nose or mouth. In contrast, odours alone do not contain protein particles and cannot cause a reaction.

After having a very allergy safe lunch it was time for our YAP-organized Youth Session! We had a great turn-out of 12 allergic youth from the Winnipeg area, ranging in age from 13 and up. I had a great time working with those teens and discussing topics such as travelling, dating, high school, university/college, and partying. I learned a lot from them, and I hope that they learned a lot from us!

We also got an opportunity to talk with Dr. Gerstner in a relaxed, youth-only setting. It was great to have an allergist with us to answer all of our burning anaphylaxis questions. One very important thing that we learned is not to be afraid of using your auto-injector! If you have any sort of needle phobia, talk to your allergist to see if it is possible to use your auto-injector while in their office. Dr. Gerstner did this with one of his patients, and after realizing how easy and pain-free it was, it completely changed her outlook and approach to allergy management.

Although I was exhausted by the end of the conference, it was an invaluable experience that I will never forget. I got to meet a lot of incredible people who work for Anaphylaxis Canada, leading allergists and researchers, and members of the local allergy community. More importantly, I feel that YAP was able to leave our mark in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and I can’t wait to do it again in a new location next year!

Youth Session booklet from 2012 Anaphylaxis Canada Community Conference

To find an event like this in your neighbourhood, visit Anaphylaxis Canada’s Events page!

To help organize future events, become a volunteer or join our Youth Advisory Panel!

To catch up on what you missed in Winnipeg, download our Youth Session Booklet!

Save the Date! Anaphylaxis Community Conference

Members of our Youth Advisory Panel are hard at work to plan another great Youth Session at this year’s Anaphylaxis Community Conference!

LAST YEAR, participants gathered in Toronto, Ontario to discuss their experiences and strategies for:

  • managing allergies in high school, university, and college
  • copying with anxiety, exclusion, and bullies
  • meeting new friends, dating, and partying safely with allergies
  • and more!
Kyle presenting powerpoint slide

Kyle with an essential teaching tool: cat in lime helmet

THIS YEAR, the Community Conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday April 21, 2012. Youth participants (13-21 yrs. old) will be invited to attend the main conference program in the morning, before breaking off for the Youth Session in the afternoon. Participants will connect with other teens and young adults, share their own experiences and perspectives, and learn how to live safely with allergies. Interactive activities will keep things lively!

More details will be available soon! In the meantime, save the date, tell your friends, and visit Anaphylaxis Canada’s website for more information.