Community awards

Learn about our amazing community awards available for individuals and organizations who advocate for food allergy awareness and education.

Pryde Family Travel Grant

Graduate student smiling holding a folder

Eligibility: Graduate students, medical students, and health care professionals with an interest in food allergy/anaphylaxis. 
Award: Two travel grants valued at $500 each for attendance at an academic program or event related to food allergies.
Selection: Recipients are selected by lottery.
*Closed* Deadline for submissions was March 22, 2019

This grant was established in honour of the Pryde family and friends, and the friends and family of Sean Delaney, who have hosted The Sean Delaney Golf Memorial Classic since 2007, the year that Sean passed away from a severe allergic reaction.

Meet Melanie Conway and Nancy Ross, who used their grants to present allergy research at two important conferences in 2018.

The Robyn Allen Leadership Award

Robyn Allen
Robyn Allen

Eligibility: An individual who has made a unique contribution to the lives of Canadians living with severe allergies through their efforts in education, advocacy, community building, leadership, or fundraising.
Selection: Winner will be selected by the Award Committee, in conjunction with the Allen family.
*Closed* Deadline for submissions was April 26, 2019

The award is in memory of Robyn Allen, a beautiful young girl who passed away from an allergic reaction. Although a peanut allergy triggered the response, it was lack of awareness that led to her death. The Robyn Allen Award is given by the Allen family in appreciation to those who champion anaphylaxis-related causes through awareness building and influence change that impacts quality of life through improved policies, research, education, and advocacy.

Meet Maryann Moffitt and Nicole Fetterly, two campus dietitians who used their expertise to bring about important changes at their respective universities.

The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

Sabrina Shannon, young Ontario girl who passed away in 2003 due to an anaphylactic reaction
Sabrina Shannon

Eligibility: Students entering their first year or continuing their studies at a post-secondary institution.
Award: Two awards of $1,000 each
Selection: A committee of Food Allergy Canada staff and volunteers will review each application and select recipients based on their submission of a short essay.
*Closed* Deadline for submissions was June 14, 2019

The Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award is dedicated to the life of Sabrina Shannon, an inspiring teenager who died from anaphylaxis in 2003. In 2005, Sabrina’s Law was passed in Ontario, providing landmark legislation that has influenced policy across Canada and the United States. This award is made possible through an educational grant from TD Securities.

Meet Lisa Hung and Christophe Bettez-Théroux, a food allergy researcher and an outstanding volunteer, who have used their firsthand knowledge of food allergies to help the broader public.

The Allan Reynolds Volunteer of the Year Award

Allan Reynolds
Allan Reynolds

The award recognizes special individuals for their extraordinary contribution and leadership, and is decided by the Reynolds family, with the help of Food Allergy Canada’s Board of Directors.

This award is dedicated to Allan Reynolds, a long-time, inspiring volunteer and friend who passed away suddenly in January 2013. During his time with Food Allergy Canada, Allan helped us improve public understanding about food allergies and get Sabrina’s Law passed to protect students at risk of anaphylaxis.

Meet the Brennan family, who have spent years supporting the food allergy community in numerous capacities.