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Webinars and events – October 2021

October 8, 2021

Attend a teal monument lighting near you and help raise food allergy awareness during Halloween. Register for our upcoming small group webinars on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. Learn about our support groups and five reasons for joining one. Plus, watch our celebrating safely encore presentation series to help you prepare for a fun and safe Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Various monuments across Canada light up teal for food allergy awareness

Throughout October: Monuments lighting up in teal for #ShineATealLight

Monuments and significant landmarks across the country will light up in teal throughout the month to drive awareness of our #ShineATealLight campaign and to show support for food allergy this Halloween season. Thanks to our friends at Turn It Teal/Light It Teal for starting this initiative which has now spread across North America!

Attend a lighting near you and share your pics!

Here is the current list of scheduled monument lightings. If you visit them in person, we’d love to see your photos. Share them on social media using the hashtag #ShineATealLight and #LightItTeal so we can like and share! Please follow public health guidance in your area while visiting the lightings during this time.

MonumentCity/ProvinceLighting date
BC PlaceVancouver, BCOctober 18, 2021
SaskTel CentreSaskatoon, SKOctober 28, 2021
Riverwalk Commons and the Fred A. Lundy Bridge (located on Water Street)Newmarket, ONOctober 28, 2021
Downing StreetMoncton, NBOctober 29-31, 2021
City of Coquitlam: Fountain at Lafarge Lake, located in Town Centre Park, and the light columns and SkyTrain guideway pillars along Pinetree Way.Coquitlam, BCOctober 30, 2021
Dome at Telus Spark Science CentreVancouver, BCOctober 31, 2021
Telus Spark Science CentreCalgary, ABOctober 31, 2021
Lethbridge City HallLethbridge, ABOctober 31, 2021
Niagara FallsNiagara Falls, ONOctober 31, 2021
3D Toronto SignToronto, ONOctober 31, 2021
Halifax City HallHalifax, NSOctober 31, 2021

We will be adding more lightings throughout the month, so be sure to check back on our teal lightings page for the most up-to-date list.

Small group webinar (maximum 6 participants): Managing food allergy and anaphylaxis

Small Group webinar series

Do you care for a child with food allergy? Attend one of our free 90-minute interactive small group webinars led by a trained parent mentor. You’ll learn fundamental information about daily management and living confidently with food allergy and anaphylaxis, while connecting with others in our community who can relate!

These sessions are geared towards parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with food allergy. It’s also a great session for others who are interested in this topic or would like a refresher.

Following the session, you’ll be able to answer:

  • What are food allergy and anaphylaxis
  • How to avoid a reaction
  • What are the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • What to do in an emergency

Sessions are limited to 6 attendees, so be sure to register now to save your spot. Our next sessions are Saturday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 20th.

If you have already attended one of these webinars, please let others know so they can also benefit. Please share!

Learn about our support groups across Canada and connect with one virtually!

Stephanie, Elaine and Sarah, leaders of Metro Vancouver support group.
Stephanie, Elaine and Sarah, leaders of Metro Vancouver support group.

Support groups provide valuable information on how other families are successfully living with food allergy. Plus, they are an excellent way to stay updated on any new developments in the food allergy community, connect with others near you, and exchange tips on managing food allergy during this time.

The leaders of the Metro Vancouver Anaphylaxis Group outline five reasons you should join a support group, including:

  1. At first diagnosis
  2. Being in the loop
  3. Knowing you’re not alone
  4. Access to special events
  5. Opportunities for advocacy

Visit our support group page to connect with a support group near you. If there isn’t one in your community, we’ll help you get one started.

Encore presentation series: Halloween and holidays

In this series, we feature past online events and webinars. With Thanksgiving and Halloween coming up, watch our celebrating safely series to help you prepare for safe and fun holidays. You’ll learn tips for staying safe with food allergy during celebrations, like tips for reading food labels and how to avoid cross-contamination. Plus, learn how you can be allergy aware, #ShineATealLight to keep kids safe on Halloween, and discover allergy-friendly recipes for Halloween.

Watch the videos below and please share with others to spread food allergy awareness!

Topic: Halloween with food allergy – for kids 7-11

Learn how to stay safe with food allergy at Halloween. Plus, learn how you can educate others on making Halloween safe for all, including shining a teal light and offering non-food treats. This interactive session involves a trained peer mentor discussing key educational points, while leading the participants in games and activities.

Topic: #ShineATealLight for Halloween

Watch this short video to learn how you can #ShineATealLight to drive awareness for kids with food allergy on Halloween.

Topic: Shine a Light song by Kyle Dine

Listen to this fun and educational song by Kyle Dine and learn how you can #ShineATealLight to show your support for kids with food allergy on Halloween.

Topic: Allergy-friendly recipes for Halloween

If you are serving treats, remember to ask your guests if they any food allergies. Check out these fun and spooky recipes from Nestlé for some Halloween treat ideas. These recipes are peanut-free, however, please adapt the recipe as needed to make it allergy-friendly for you/your guests.

coffin crisp bark
Click image to view recipe

Topic: Reading ingredient lists

Learn about reading ingredient labels, the triple check, priority food allergens, and “may contain” statements. This interactive session involves a trained peer mentor discussing key educational points, while leading the participants in games and activities.

Topic: Food allergy Do’s and Don’ts

Get educated with these fun “do’s and don’ts” videos. These videos are less than a minute and cover simple ways of keeping safe during the pandemic.

Celebrate safely


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