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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – June 2021

June 11, 2021

Read our new 2020 Impact Report and learn how we addressed pandemic-specific issues to support managing food allergy. Find out about our 2021 community award winners and how you can become a #FoodAllergyChampion. Visit the #KnowItTreatIt gallery and join the conversation by sharing your anaphylaxis story. Hear about the winners of the Know it. Treat it. contest and newsletter survey prize pack. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, order allergen-free cupcakes for Father’s Day and support Food Allergy Canada through Hype Food Co.’s cupcake fundraiser. Plus, take note of our reminders for a safe summer during the pandemic, and watch the recording of the second webinar in our COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy series.


#FoodAllergyImpact: Read our 2020 Impact Report

Our new 2020 Impact Report highlights how we pivoted with the pandemic and drove impact as an organization last year. 

Check out the report to discover how we shifted our focus to address pandemic-specific issues to ensure you had the support you needed to manage your food allergy during this unprecedented time.

You’ll also hear from our Executive Director and Board Chair, learn about our long-term advocacy initiatives, and where your money goes. Plus, take a look at our impact in numbers and find out about the accomplishments you helped us achieve.

We couldn’t do our important work without you. Thanks for your support and for helping to make a #FoodAllergyImpact.

#FoodAllergyChampions in our community driving impact

2021 award winners

Our impact is stronger together! Read about our 2021 community award winners and learn how they are making lasting impacts in the world of food allergy. Plus, learn how you can become a #FoodAllergyChampion too.

Robyn Allen Leadership Award recipient: Dr. Waleed Alqurashi

Dr. Alqurashi has made outstanding contributions to improve the knowledge gaps in the treatment of anaphylaxis nationally. Read more.

Allan Reynolds Volunteer Award recipient: Anglophone South School District

The Anglophone South School District has demonstrated exemplary passion and commitment to creating a safer, more allergy aware community. Read more.

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award recipients: Marissa Kaminski and Ella VanderLelie

Marissa and Ella are dedicated students with a strong commitment to raising allergy awareness and educating others. Read more.

Pryde Family Grant recipients: Connor Prosty and Rishma Chooniedass

Connor and Rishma are using their grants to attend and present at important conferences focused on allergy, asthma and immunology. Read more.

Keeping the #KnowItTreatIt conversation going

Our Know it. Treat it. campaign launched during Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM). It’s all about sharing how you would Know and Treat anaphylaxis as a mechanism to remove the fear surrounding anaphylaxis and empowering all Canadians to Know it. and Treat it. 

Even though FAAM is over, we have kept this campaign going so more people can benefit from the real stories in our gallery. You can still join the conversation and share how you #KnowItTreatIt with anaphylaxis. By getting involved, you are helping to raise awareness while educating on how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis.

Getting involved is easy and takes less than 5 minutes!

Fill out our submission form with your anaphylaxis story or how you would Know and Treat anaphylaxis. Each completed entry has a chance to be featured in our gallery on our website in a GIF or video format.

Food Allergy Awareness Month wraps up

Thank you to everyone who helped to drive awareness during May’s Food Allergy Awareness Month! We had a busy month with 10 virtual events/webinars, 26 teal monument lightings across Canada, and over 70 people share their Know it. Treat it. stories across 9 provinces. If you missed out on any of our great webinars, you can watch the recordings on our recorded webinars page.

Know it. Treat it. contest winners

Thank you all for your entries and for helping to spread awareness on how you Know and Treat anaphylaxis. 

Meet-and-greet with food allergy educator and musician, Kyle DineCharlotte W.Kingston, ON
Meet-and-greet with CFL Grey Cup Champion, Thomas MilesSandy T.Mississauga, ON
A signed copy of Amanda Orlando’s cookbook “Everyone’s Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen FreeCristina L.Vancouver, BC
Food Allergy Canada prize packSarah J.Edmonton, AB

Food Allergy Canada prize pack winner for completing our newsletter survey

Congratulations to Amanda F. from Innisfil, ON for winning our prize pack draw for completing our newsletter survey! Thanks to everyone who entered and participated in the survey. Your feedback helps us improve and better serve you.

Baking for a great cause – Hype Food Co. cupcake fundraiser

Hype Food Co. cupcake

Hype Food Co. is an allergy-aware restaurant and bakery in Toronto, ON. Wanting to give back, Hype is hosting a cupcake fundraiser where a portion of their cupcake sales made on June 14th and 15th will be donated directly to our organization. The cupcakes are free from the top priority food allergens and are perfect to pre-order for Father’s Day!

Plus, to make it even sweeter, get 10% off your cupcake order through the fundraiser! 

Please note the fundraiser is for cupcake pre-orders only, same-day orders are excluded. Pre-order is available up to 10 days in advance.

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, order your cupcakes on June 14th or 15th and support Food Allergy Canada at the same time (plus, it makes for a great Father’s Day treat!). Please click on the button below for the fundraiser link – the link is ONLY available here and not directly on Hype Food Co.’s website. 

Watch now: COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Is any approved vaccine the best vaccine?

Last month we hosted a second webinar in our COVID-19 vaccine and food allergy series. If you missed the session or would like to view it again, the recording is now available to watch. You’ll hear from a panel of experts on the most up-to-date answers on current issues, like perspectives on mixing vaccines, and the duration between doses. Please share with others, so they can also benefit from this important information.

For more information on managing food allergy during the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 section.

Webinar 2: COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Is any approved vaccine the best vaccine?

Webinar 1: COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy: Get the facts

Reminders for a safe summer 

Children and recreation, group of happy multiethnic school kids playing tug-of-war with rope in city park. Summer camp fun

Summer feels like it is already here with the heat most of us are experiencing from across the country! Although summer activities may be a little different due to the pandemic, there are still many ways to have fun while staying safe. Check out our tips and resources below and be sure to plan ahead to ensure a fun and allergy-safe summer. 

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