Congratulations to this year’s Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award recipients!

Anaphylaxis Canada would like to congratulate the recipients of the third annual Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award: Daniela Deschamps (Oakville, ON) and Lindsay Schnarr (Markham, ON). Daniela and Lindsay were selected from a number of excellent applicants for their demonstrated commitment to raising awareness and educating others about severe allergies.

Daniela is 18 years old and entering her first year of studies at Queen’s University. She believes that living with allergies has taught her confidence and maturity. She has drawn on her experiences to educate friends, classmates, teammates, teachers, and others by speaking to them about allergies, demonstrating the use of epinephrine auto-injectors, and running an “adopt an allergy” day. She has also been an active member of Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel, for which she has written newsletter articles, recorded podcasts, developed and delivered youth conference presentations, spoken to parents of allergic children, and participated in an epinephrine auto-injector focus group.

Lindsay is 19 years old and entering her third year of studies at the University of Guelph. She believes that living with allergies has contributed to her outgoing nature and passion for educating others. She has volunteered in a food allergy research lab and as a lay reviewer for an allergy research network, providing feedback on research proposals from the perspective of an allergic individual. She has developed a campus club for allergic students, which she will be launching in September. She has also been an active member of Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel, for which she has written newsletter articles and blog entries, developed and delivered youth conference presentations, spoken to parents of allergic children, and volunteered at Ask the Allergist sessions.

Anaphylaxis Canada would like to thank all of the award applicants for their initiative, creativity, and commitment to raising allergy awareness and educating others in their communities. We received many excellent applications from across the country, and selecting recipients was not an easy task.

The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award is dedicated to the life of Sabrina Shannon, an inspiring teenager who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction in 2003. During her life, Sabrina worked to raise allergy awareness by creating the first-person radio documentary, “A Nutty Tale,” which aired on CBC radio in 2001. Since her passing, Sabrina’s parents and other members of the allergy community have kept her spirit alive by advocating for allergy-safe schools and communities. In 2005, Sabrina’s Law was passed in Ontario, providing landmark legislation that has influenced anaphylaxis policies in schools across Canada.

We are proud to honour Sabrina’s memory with this award and the Sabrina Shannon Legacy Fund.

Participate in an online peer mentorship pilot study

Chat and connect with others like you

Are you between the ages of 7 and 15?

Do you ever feel lonely or left-out with  allergies?

Do you wish that you knew more people your age with allergies?

If so, we invite you to participate in an online peer mentorship pilot study that Anaphylaxis Canada is conducting with the Asthma Society and researchers from the the University of Alberta’s Social Support Research Program.

Participants in this study will take part in eight online support sessions, occurring once a week from September to November 2012. These sessions will be led by an older peer mentor with allergies, under the guidance of a Health Support and Education Specialist. These sessions will give participants the opportunity to share experiences and learn from other youth with allergies, while interacting through safe and secure online technologies. Participants and their parents will also take part in pre- and post-intervention interviews, allowing the research team to develop sustainable online support tools.

For more information, please visit: http://www.whyriskit.ca/pages/posts/participate-in-an-online-peer-mentorship-pilot-study47.php

Nominate your School Hero!

Do you know a teacher or principal who is a true hero to food-allergic students, a person who goes “above and beyond” to make sure they are safe at school? Then please nominate that special person for Allergic Living magazine’s upcoming “School Heroes” feature article.


Allergic Living wants to hear: 

Who is this special person?

What is it that she or he does that is unique in making food-allergic students safer and more included at school?

Submit your nomination by e-mail today!

E-mail: editor@allergicliving.com

Please write in the subject field: Safe school nomination.

Please mention your city and province or state in the text.


For more information, please visit Allergic Living online.

FAAM!

Food Allergy Awareness Month banner

Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM) begins today in Canada! This is an important time for allergic youth to work with friends, family members, and wider communities to raise awareness and educate others about food allergies.

To help inspire you, we’ll be posting resources, tips, and action items throughout the month of May. For starters:

1) LEARN How You Can Help on http://www.whyriskit.ca

2) LEAVE a comment to let us know how you will be raising awareness and educating others this month

Happy Food Allergy Awareness Month, everyone!

2012 Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award!

Have you raised allergy awareness in your school or wider community? Have you educated others about life-threatening allergies? Are you looking for ways to pay for next year’s tuition? If so, then we have some great news for you!

Anaphylaxis Canada is now accepting applications for the 2012 Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award!

Anaphylaxis Canada will be granting two awards of $1,000 each: one to a student who is entering the first year of post-secondary education (i.e. university or college), and one to a student who is already enrolled in a post-secondary program.

This award recognizes the important role that youth play in raising awareness and educating others about life-threatening allergies. It is dedicated to the life of Sabrina Shannon, an inspiring teenager who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction in 2003. Since her passing, Sabrina’s parents and other members of the allergy community have kept Sabrina’s spirit alive by advocating for safer schools and communities across Canada.

To apply, please submit the following by JUNE 22, 2012:

  • A completed application form (link below)
  • A 500-1500 word essay, describing your efforts to raise awareness and educate others about life-threatening allergies
  • Contact information for two references
  • A photocopy of your acceptance letter or proof of enrollment in a post-secondary institution

For more information – or to get started on your application! – download an application form at:

http://www.whyriskit.ca/media/News/Sabrina%20Shannon%20Memorial%20Award%20-%202012%20-%20fillable%20form.pdf