April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week and this year’s catchphrase captures the benefits of the activity of volunteering for the recipient organizations and the volunteers: Celebrate the value of volunteering: Building confidence, competence, connections and community.
Typically non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to fill many essential positions. Take the Kelowna Chapter as an example:
- The chapter is governed by elected volunteer board members who meet routinely through-out the year
- Celiac ambassadors answer emails, Facebook posts and phone calls
- Special event volunteers staff booths at community events
- The chapter website is managed by a tech-savy volunteer
- The list goes on
A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers. We value your generous donation of time and skills!
Volunteers can also benefit from volunteering. Volunteers can learn new skills, build confidence, make connections with others and build community. Along the way they have fun, meet new people with similar interests and build a community of support.
Celebrate the value of volunteering by helping out with one of the many positions at the chapter. To find out more about how you can help contact Irene Wiseman at [email protected] or call 250-832-7738
By CCA National
After much discussion and debate, the CCA board of directors decided on the new look for our organization, replacing the rather dated old logo and giving us a fresh new face!
Some may look at the logo and scratch your head. Others will immediately know what it resembles – the power button on an electronic device!
Why a power button? We feel that this logo demonstrates how the CCA is working at empowering all Canadians with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity – empowering them to shop safely with the Gluten-Free Certification Program, empowering them to dine out safely with the Gluten-Free Food Program, empowering them to enjoy social functions and family get-togethers through providing solid, science-based advice and support, and empowering them with potential treatments and cures down the road, through our support for exciting research projects.
As well, wheat is not crossed out. Why is that? Well, we know that food needs New CCA Logo! to be below 20 parts per million gluten to be safe for someone with celiac disease. So technically, there could be a bit of wheat and pose no threat to us. As well, work is going on to see whether wheat can be genetically modified to eliminate the gluten – so we`d be able to eat wheat again! Further, those who have travelled in Europe know that wheat starch is often found in gluten-free baked goods. Confusing, yes, but the wheat starch contains such low gluten levels that it is safe for someone with celiac disease.
The CCA wants to be on the cusp, welcoming the future and continuing to be an organization based on science. By not crossing out the wheat, we are recognizing the world of possibilities – from treatments, cures and new forms of wheat, that may let us eat “more normally” again! We can’t wait to see what new scientific breakthroughs await us and let’s “power” ahead together!!
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!
Happy Holidays from the Canadian Celiac Association!
This holiday season we are pleased to give you our CCA Holiday Survival Guide.
Click 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!
Due to unexpected circumstances, the scheduled November 12th chapter meeting has been cancelled. We’ll post the 2018 meetings as soon as they are available.
In the meantime Wellness Group Meetings continue as usual:
- November 29, 2017
- January 3, 2018
- March 21, 2018
- June 13, 2018
View our meetings page for more details on times and locations.
The next newsletter will be emailed in late November.
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 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
Anne Wraggett, President (BC)
Treena Duncan, Vice Chair (BC)
Renee Colman, Secretary (BC)
Chantal Gabriele, Treasurer (ON)
David Congram (ON)
Selena DeVries (BC)
Jennifer Stebbing (ON)
Julie Greene (NFLD)
Mark Johnson (ON)
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.
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.
As 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.
- What do the members want from the Kelowna Chapter?
- 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.
- We would like to discuss these items and invite a general discussion from members as to items of interest to our Chapter.
Irene Thompson-Wiseman Kelowna Chapter President