A New Blog for Young Adults with Allergies

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Anaphylaxis Canada is happy to announce their newest blog for allergic adults located at http://www.adultswithallergies.com.

The blog covers situations that allergic adults can appreciate such as food allergies and relationships, allergies in the workplace, alcohol ingredient labelling, international travel, and lifestyle articles such as food allergies and pop culture.

The Adults with Allergies blog is funded by a grant from TD Securities. Anaphylaxis Canada is appreciative of their support of our youth program and the opportunity to create resources for teens and young adults.

The blog, hosted on WordPress, allows users to follow/subscribe to the blog. If you are an allergic adult and interested in joining the writing team, please get in touch with Anaphylaxis Canada at http://www.adultswithallergies.com/contact.

Read more about the new blog at http://www.anaphylaxis.ca/en/media/hot_topics.html?news_id=72

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

Anaphylaxis Canada Launches High School Allergy Awareness Challenge

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 Teenagers are the most at risk group for anaphylaxis for several reasons including social changes, peer pressure and an increased incidence of risk-taking. Another large factor that contributes to this is the transition from elementary school to a much larger high school environment, which brings with it many new friends, and classmates who aren’t aware of an individual’s allergies.

Anaphylaxis Canada aims to target this group with potentially life saving information in a fun and engaging way. We are introducing the Allergy Awareness Challenge, a program that high schools can adopt to raise awareness about food allergies to all students. The program involves three days of games and activities outside of class time including a Food Allergy Spelling Bee, Food Allergy Jeopardy, and an Adopt an Allergy for a day challenge.

With this program, Anaphylaxis Canada hopes to not only further educate teens living with allergies, but also their friends and classmates. Kyle Dine, project coordinator, thinks this program will really make a difference for allergic teens. “Research has shown that teens are more likely to be compliant in carrying their own epinephrine auto-injector or asking about ingredients at a restaurant when their friends support and understand their allergies. The goal of this program is to build peer support that will aid allergic students in managing their own condition.” says Dine.

As food allergies are an increasingly important issue in high schools, Anaphylaxis Canada wanted to provide a resource that supports schools in their efforts to raise awareness amongst its student body. The program can also be used for camps, support groups, and other community organizations with an interest in educating teens about anaphylaxis.

Schools and students can learn more about the program and sign up at www.allergychallenge.ca.

Anaphylaxis Canada is thankful to TD Securities and the Sean Delaney Memorial Golf Classic for funding this initiative.

New Anaphylaxis Smartphone App for Youth

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App Savvy Youth Makes a Difference for Teens with Food Allergies

TORONTO, ON – August 8, 2013 – Like most computer science students, Nick Pothier sees the opportunities that smartphone apps can create for young developers. However, this 19 year-old University of New Brunswick student has channeled his knowledge of app making for good – not profit. Nick has had life-threatening food allergies his entire life and wanted to use his knowledge to create an app that would help pre-teens, teens and young adults learn more about serious food allergies.

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The “WhyRiskIt?” food allergy education app was created by Nick over the course of four months in partnership with Anaphylaxis Canada – a national non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy for those at risk for anaphylaxis.  It is a free app that is currently only available for the Android operating system. It features life saving information that should be on the fingertips of every allergic youth such as signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, treatment and emergency procedures.

Nick’s hope is that the app will provide easy to access information for teens with allergies so that they can be safer and take fewer risks with their allergies. “I believe this app will be very effective for educating teens about allergies since more and more are owning cell phones and tablets which go everywhere with them.”

The app also features a live stream from the WhyRiskIt? blog which features stories, tips and advice from other allergic youth on Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel.

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Nick Pothier – App Developer

Anaphylaxis Canada recently awarded Nick with the Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award for his efforts raising awareness for youth with food allergies including class projects and even a food allergy video game. The annual award recognizes post-secondary students who have made a difference in raising allergy awareness in their communities.

Kyle Dine, Anaphylaxis Canada’s youth project coordinator, is proud of Nick and his efforts. “It’s incredible the amount of time he put into this app, as well as our Youth Advisory Panel who reviewed it every step of the way,” said Dine. “This is truly an app made by allergic youth, for allergic youth.”

The WhyRiskIt? App is available for download in the Google Play store by searching “WhyRiskIt?” or “Anaphylaxis Canada”. Nick looks forward to working on making the app available on iPhones soon.

About Anaphylaxis Canada
Anaphylaxis Canada is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping those at risk for anaphylaxis and those who care for them. The organization is committed to creating a safer world for people with life-threatening allergies through education, advocacy, and research. For more information, visit www.anaphylaxis.ca.

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For more information please contact:

Christopher Holcroft
Empower Consulting, for Anaphylaxis Canada
416-996-0767
Christopherholcroft@hotmail.ca

Announcing the 2013 Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award Recipients

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Anaphylaxis Canada would like to congratulate the recipients of the fourth annual Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award: Nick Pothier (Picton, ON) and Arianne Kirkey (St. Andrews, ON). Nick and Arianne were selected from a number of excellent applicants for their demonstrated commitment to raising awareness and educating others about severe allergies.

Nick PothierNick is 19 years old and currently in his third year of Computer Science studies at the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton. Nick has been a long time allergy advocate starting with a grade 7 science fair project where he developed an allergy awareness video game to educate his classmates. Recently, Nick designed an Android smartphone application for youth with food allergies which will be launched in August. The app contains valuable allergy information and advice from allergic teens. He has also been an active member of the Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel, for which he has written blog articles, recorded podcasts, and developed and delivered various conference presentations.

Arianne KirkeyArianne is 23 years old and entering her fourth year of studies at the University of Ottawa. She believes that her food allergies have opened many doors for her and allowed her to share her passion to help others. She was a mentor in a online support study through the University of Alberta where she ran weekly support sessions for youth with food allergies. Arianne has a personal blog “Special Allergy Alert” that shares tips and knowledge on key areas such as managing allergies in high school and food allergy bullying. She has also been an active member of Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel, for which she has been a co-leader of an online mentorship committee that is planning its program launch later this year.

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.

Chelsea Vineyard – Miss Teen Ottawa World 2013

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Chelsea Vineyard recently received the title of Miss Teen Ottawa World. She is 18 years old and is participating in this year’s Miss Teen Canada-World Pageant! Chelsea also has a food allergy to peanuts and has chosen anaphylaxis as her platform in hopes to raise allergy awareness. Anaphylaxis Canada spoke with the new member of their Youth Advisory Panel and asked her questions about life with allergies and her Miss Teen Ottawa crown.

 

1) What are you allergic to?Chelsea_Vineyard_2013_0368-308

I have an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts but I am also allergic to penicillin.

2) When did you get involved in pageants?

My first pageant was in January when I won my title. I have also been modeling for a while in Ottawa.

3) How did it feel to win the Miss Teen Ottawa crown?

To win the Miss Teen Ottawa crown felt amazing! It is such an amazing moment when you feel that you can make a difference and actually have a chance. You also just feel on top of the world standing on the stage. It was probably one of the best moments of my life!

4) Why did you choose food allergy awareness as your campaign issue?

I chose food allergy awareness because I have lived with my allergy for my whole life and have gone through a lot of challenges. Some of them are people not understanding, to actually getting peanut butter pushed at me. I want to help the children growing up with allergies have a happier and safer life.

5) Why do you think food allergy awareness is important?

I think food allergy awareness is important because it is becoming more common. As more children develop allergies, people have to be more understanding and have knowledge on the issue. Not just parents with children with allergies, but every person because they can never know when they will be in a situation where they should refrain from eating a certain food item, or even worse, have to give someone an epinephrine auto-injector.

6) What are your future goals with your Miss Teen Ottawa crown?

My future goals with my Miss Teen Ottawa crown is to keep moving forward with my allergy awareness platform and possibly going to schools and speaking about it. I also want to be a role model for children and show them that they can follow their dreams no matter what life challenge they have. I also would love to become Miss Teen Canada World 2013!

7) What’s one piece of advice you would like to give teens with food allergies?

One piece of advice I would give teens is don’t let your allergy stand in the way of your life. I was so worried about going away to school because of my allergy, but I did anyway because I don’t want my allergy to affect my choices in life. Teens should go have fun and live their life and know that their allergy is manageable and shouldn’t restrict them from doing things. They should still take precautions but know that they don’t have to sit at home and not go out because of their allergy.

For more information on Chelsea Vineyard –

Visit her blog: http://missteenottawa.com/

Like her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenOttawaWorld2013