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Webinars and events – September 2021

September 10, 2021

Register for our upcoming webinar on “Understand the severity of your food allergy” with Dr. Philippe Bégin. Sign up your 7-15-year-old child for the fall session of the Allergy Pals/Allies online mentorship program. Mark your calendar and register for this year’s Sweet Caroline Foundation Virtual Run. Participate in an upcoming small group webinar on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. Learn about our support groups and connect with one virtually. Plus, watch our back-to-school encore presentation series to help you and your kids manage food allergy confidently this school year.

September 28th at 12pm EDT: Understand the severity of your food allergy with Dr. Philippe Bégin 

Dr. Philippe Begin
Dr. Philippe Bégin

Hear from Dr. Philippe Bégin on what makes your food allergy severe. Register now.

With OIT becoming increasingly available, more is understood about the severity of allergic reactions. Insights have been gained through OIT, as it involves giving small amounts of an allergen in increasing doses until a person is able to eat a certain amount without triggering a reaction, so long as they are on this treatment.

Dr. Bégin is both a researcher and clinician, and he’s recognized as a leader in multi-allergen OIT. Dr. Bégin’s academic and clinical background makes him an expert on this topic.

In this session, learn about the concept of thresholds (the lowest amount of a food allergen that can trigger a reaction), how co-factors and other mechanisms/therapies can lower the threshold at which one reacts, and an exploration on how they all relate to understanding the potential severity of food allergy. Discover why allergic reactions for some are only mildly uncomfortable, while with others they can be life-threatening.

Don’t miss out on this informative session with our expert guest speaker, Dr. Bégin!

Last call to register! Fall session of Allergy Pals/Allies online mentorship program begins September 25th

Register your 7-15-year-old today for the fall session of Allergy Pals/Allies. The free 8-week online session is beginning soon on September 25th and will run until November 13th.

These online sessions are fun, engaging and have received outstanding feedback from previous participants. Learn more about the benefits of this program in the video below and register your child today

Get an overview of the program – learn how the program works, the program expectations, time commitment and other information:

Learn how the Allergy Pals program has impacted 11-year-old Benjamin’s life and what he has learned about living with food allergy:

October 2-10: Virtual Sweet Caroline Run 2021

Sweet Caroline Foundation logo

Join the Sweet Caroline Foundation for their Virtual Run taking place October 2nd through October 10th.

This run/walk is to honour the memory of Caroline Lorette who passed away at the age of 14 from an allergic reaction to dairy. There is of no better way to celebrate Caroline’s life than by coming together in community and sport.

For more information and to register, click here.

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

Group video call on laptop

Do you have questions on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis? Participate in 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

Spaces are limited, so be sure to register now to save your spot. Our next sessions are Saturday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 22nd.

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!

Charlene, Michele and Allison, leaders of the Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis Support Group
Charlene, Michele and Allison, leaders of the Saskatchewan Anaphylaxis 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 at school.

To connect with one of our support groups, visit our support group page. If there isn’t one in your community, we’ll help you get one started.

Back-to-school encore presentation series

In this series, we feature past online events and webinars. This month, watch our back-to-school series and get educated on navigating food allergy at school. Hear from youth with food allergy on how they manage their condition and learn strategies from an expert on successfully managing the transition into self-management.

Watch the videos below and please share with others, so they can also benefit.

For young kids

Topic: Back-to-school

Learn how to speak up about your food allergy, deal with unwanted teasing or bullying, stay safe at lunch/snack time, spread allergy awareness at school, and the importance of carrying your auto-injector with you at all times.

Topic: Managing food allergy and making friends

Learn how to tell new friends about food allergies. This interactive session involves a trained peer mentor discussing key educational points, while leading the participants in games and activities.

Topic: Food allergies and epinephrine

Learn how epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, not to be afraid of using it, and stories on reactions and using epinephrine. Plus, learn how to practice by using an auto-injector training device, tips on remembering to carry your auto-injector, and ways to carry and take care of it.

For youth

Managing food allergies in college/university

Learn tips and best practices on how to navigate post-secondary school and live safely on campus with food allergy. Hear from a panel that shares their experiences, insights, and strategies on how youth can identify food allergy risks on campus and how to prepare accordingly.

What’s it like to go to middle school and high school with food allergy with Kyle Dine and youth panel

Hear from members of our Youth Advisory Panel as they discuss their experiences managing food allergy at school. Topics covered include how to talk about food allergy with peers and teachers, dealing with unwanted teasing or bullying, how to stay safe during snack/lunch times and the importance of carrying an epinephrine auto-injector and knowing how to treat reactions.

Instagram Live session with Kyle Dine: Attending virtual middle school with food allergy


Lucille talks about attending middle school virtually with food allergy, as well as how she manages food allergy during extra-curricular activities.

Instagram Live session with Kyle Dine: Going to high school with food allergy


Ben shares excellent tips on thriving in high school with food allergy. Entering grade 11, Ben talks about how supportive friends can make all the difference.

For parents

Supporting successful transitions into self-management of food allergy: pre-teen to young adult with Dr. Rebecca Knibb

Leading UK psychologist Dr. Rebecca Knibb discusses how to support the transition to self-management of food allergy. Gain a better understanding of the mental health aspects that youth may experience on the path to independence and learn practical strategies on how to successfully manage these transitions.

Back-to-school top tips for managing food allergy at school

Learn the top tips for managing food allergy at school and discover the many school resources we have available to support you and your child.

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