CCA National Conference 2018 – Registration Open

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CCA Conference 2018

The Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is proud to be hosting the 2018 national conference, which will take place on June 9, 2018 at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa, just steps from Parliament Hill, the Byward Market, the Rideau Centre and countless other attractions. Registration is now open at www.ccaconference.ca and we’re looking forward to an amazing event!

We are presenting not one but two keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, a professor in neurology at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Dr. Hadjiovassiliou is a top world researcher in the area of the neurological manifestations of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In particular, he has conducted extensive research into gluten ataxia.
  • Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and among the world’s leading researchers in the area of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Dr. Murray will be discussing the latest research breakthroughs.

Along with the keynotes, we’re planning to welcome speakers on the following topics:

  • Psychological issues relating to celiac disease and the gluten-free diet
  • Operating a gluten-free bakery, securing safe supplies, and being aware of other major allergens as well
  • Updates from Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Ensuring safe gluten-free beans, lentils and pulses are available in the Canadian marketplace

Space is limited so we encourage you to register today. CCA members can attend for just $80 for the day, which includes breakfast and lunch, access to all speaker sessions, and entrance to a gluten-free vendor market that will be taking place alongside the conference. This early bird rate is good just until the end of March so sign up right away!

 

CCA 2017 Holiday Survival Guide

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​Happy Holidays from the Canadian Celiac Association!

This holiday season we are pleased to give you our CCA Holiday Survival Guide.

holiday survival guideClick the link or the image to the right to take you to an online version of the guide. The guide contains tips and recipes from a team of passionate volunteers, who perhaps like you or a family member, face the challenges of celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity during a time of the year when food-centred activities take place.

​If you have enjoyed the support, education and information from CCA over this past year, we hope that you will consider a donation towards our annual Festive Campaign. Donations allow our charity to continue to advocate on your behalf, increase access to safe foods and improve the quality of life of people with CD and NCGS through investing in research and education, and more. To make a secure online donation, please click this link to Canada Helps.

Wishing you all a fun and gluten-free holiday season!

Best wishes,
Anne Wraggett

Multi-Year Memberships Phased Out

By Melissa Secord, Executive Director CCA

The CCA will no longer be accepting new multi-year memberships. The CCA National Board passed a motion at its recent meeting.

Existing members who are currently signed up and paid for multi-year memberships will continue to be serviced as normal according to their paid through dates. Chapters will continue to be reimbursed for those members until they are no longer in the system.

In the coming weeks and months, you will also see the CCA National office transition to true online membership and renewals in order to create greater efficiency and effectiveness.

I the meantime, you can sign-up or renew at: http://www.celiac.ca/?page_id=2624

 

Kelowna Dietitian Named To CCA National Board

selena devriesKelowna Chapter Dietitian Selena DeVries has been named to the Canadian Celiac Association National Board for 2017-2018.

DeVries is a Kelowna based dietitian working in private practice at “Healthbean“.  She specializes in using an integrative approach in the management of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  She also leads the Kelowna Chapter monthly “Kelowna Wellness Group“.

Below is the full list of the CCA board for 2017-2018.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive

Anne Wraggett, President (BC)
Treena Duncan, Vice Chair (BC)
Renee Colman, Secretary (BC)
Chantal Gabriele, Treasurer (ON)

Directors

David Congram (ON)
Selena DeVries (BC)
Jennifer Stebbing (ON)
Julie Greene (NFLD)
Mark Johnson (ON)

Photos: Over 30 Attend Gluten-Free Pizza Potluck

Kelowna Celiac 2017 Pizza Potluck Group

Over 30 attended this afternoon’s pizza potluck at the Lake Country Senior’s Centre. That’s the best turnout we’ve had in awhile.

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Thanks to Selena De Vries and Irene Wiseman for the photos.

Jim’s Place in Vernon provided the pizza and Schar sent a great assortment of products for us to try.

Aside from the food, Selena De Vries, our Chapter dietitian answered many questions that our members had.

Our next meetings are September 10th and November 12th.

Chapter Presidents Report May 2017

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gluten-free pizzaAs always, I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on May 7th. This is our annual pizza party. The pizzas are being supplied by Jim’s Place in Vernon, British Columbia. Inspired by Happiness, also has a coupon in our newsletter. We also appreciate their generosity.

I also have some very sad news to report. Heather Yoe, our President’s representative, passed away very suddenly. Heather was a very kind person and was a very effective President’s advocate. We are all going to miss, Heather. Our condolences to Heather’s husband and family.

The following is a list of some of the things we talked about at our last executive meeting.

  1. What do the members want from the Kelowna Chapter?
  2. We have $10,000 that was donated to our Chapter that is not be used for general revenue at National, but could be donated to some researcher working on a cure for Celiac disease. In this case, the funds would only be used towards research.
  3. We would like to discuss these items and invite a general discussion from members as to items of interest to our Chapter.

Thank you.
Irene Thompson-Wiseman Kelowna Chapter President

Kelowna Celiac Welcomes Schar

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Kelowna Celiac is pleased to announce a new sponsor: Schar

schar canadaSchar currently has over 40 products in its portfolio. You might have heard of their Artisan Baker bread, or their delicious Honeygram cookies.  They also offer pasta, frozen products, crackers and mixes.

In 1922 Dr. Schar began developing products aimed at promoting a healthy diet for young children with digestive disorders. The company’s expertise contributed to the development of the first high-quality gluten-free foods and beginning in 1981, working in close collaboration with doctors and celiac organisations, was developed into full range gluten-free products. This is when Schar was born.

With a dedicated focus on the development and production of gluten-free foods, the company became a market leader in Europe just a few decades later. Today, Dr. Schar is getting even closer to its goal of becoming the leading food specialist for special dietary and nutritional needs in Europe, and now in the US & Canada as well. Schar says that their success has been driven by two things: firstly, to offer solutions to the dietary problems people with gluten intolerance have to face (particularly regarding the choice & availability of relevant products), and secondly, to constantly satisfy the need for the best possible quality and to improve this constantly.

As a pioneer in the area of gluten-free nutrition, Dr. Schar has highly valued well-founded research and development right from the very beginning. While their research team concentrates on long-term strategic projects and investigates new raw ingredients and technologies, their development team creates more than 30 new or improved products and recipes each year.

Of course, before any new product goes into production, it is tested by trained testers for flavour, perfect texture, aroma, and appetising appearance. Each of their gluten-free products is benchmarked against the best tasting conventional foods in every category. This is the only way to ensure that their consumers are always completely satisfied – from gluten-free pizza to a comprehensive product line of bread, pasta, cookies, and crackers.

Visit www.schar.com to learn more about their products, see their recipes, and read their articles about a gluten-free lifestyle.

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