Small group webinars

Designed for parents of newly diagnosed children, the small group webinars provides the facts around food allergy and how to manage daily life.

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What you need to know about managing food allergy and anaphylaxis: 6 participants/session

Participate in a free webinar that provides fundamental information for managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. These sessions are geared towards parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with a food allergy.

The webinars are limited to a maximum of 6 participants per session to allow for a more intimate setting where everyone will have an opportunity to interact with the group and ask questions.

If the session you have selected is FULL, please press the back button in your browser to go back to the registration page to select a different session from the drop down menu. There are multiple sessions available each month. Please only register for one session.

Here are the details:

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  • What is the webinar about: Building a solid foundation to understanding the facts around food allergy and how to manage daily life. Topics include basic information about food allergy, risk reduction, symptom recognition, and emergency management.
  • Who is presenting: Parents who have been trained by Food Allergy Canada to deliver this material. See below for details on the parent mentors.
  • When is the webinar: Webinar sessions run 3x/month and are 90 minutes long to allow for more interaction and questions. Click on the registration link to pick ONE date/time that work for you. If the session you select is full, please go back to the registration page to select another date/time.
  • Who should attend: This session is geared towards parents/guardians of children who have been recently diagnosed with food allergies.

Register today, and please share with others who may benefit from these sessions. Upon registration, you will have an opportunity to submit your questions in advance of the webinar.

Introducing our parent mentors

What is a parent mentor? Parent mentors are parents of children with food allergies, as well as community advocates who support our work and help us to reach others impacted by food allergies on a local level across Canada.

Our parent mentors are trained to deliver information in the community on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. They are currently leading our small group webinars to help parents/families with children recently diagnosed with food allergy to understand the facts around food allergy and how to manage daily life. Sign-up for a webinar now!

Meet our parent mentors below, they have written a small note to introduce themselves.

Elaine Wardley, parent mentor

Elaine Hsu

I’m Elaine and I live in Vancouver. I have two pre-teens with allergies to multiple foods, including peanut, tree nut, egg, sesame, kiwi, and some forms of legumes. I struggled to find good information and support when my daughter was first diagnosed in 2007. In 2009, I was grateful for the opportunity to get involved as a co-coordinator with the local support group, Metro Vancouver Anaphylaxis Group (a Food Allergy Canada support group). I loved the idea of meeting other families in the same boat as mine, to share information, and to provide a safe space to discuss concerns around this condition that affects so much of our daily lives. I completed my Masters in Public Health in 2017, and worked in food allergy research at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute until October 2019.

Sarah MacKinnon, parent mentor

Sarah MacKinnon

My name is Sarah and I have two kids: one is allergic to tree nuts and the other to peanuts. It wasn’t until my second child was diagnosed, two years after my first, that I stumbled upon reliable information to help me feel confident managing food allergies and anaphylaxis. That connection to the Metro Vancouver Anaphylaxis Group (and Food Allergy Canada) in 2014 was a lifesaver. I was happy to become a co-coordinator of the support group in 2017. I am excited to be a parent mentor and hopefully help to bridge the gap a lot sooner for other families.

Jen Webber, parent mentor

Jen Webber

I’m Jen from Winnipeg. I have four children, two of them have food allergies. My oldest (10) has an allergy to tree nuts and peanuts, my second (8) is allergic to multiple foods including tree nuts, peanuts, egg, milk, soy, some fin fish, shellfish and some legumes. When he was first diagnosed at 7 months with his initial 5 allergies I was stumped, alone, and confused. It was such a challenging time with a steep learning curve. I am honoured to meet families at the start of their journey and hope to help ease the often bumpy entry into this new way of life.

Carla Da Silva, parent mentor

Carla Da Silva

I’m Carla and I live in Montreal. I am the proud mom of 2. My oldest has 6 food allergies – wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish – which led us to our quest of learning to live without limitations despite dietary restrictions. This journey led me to take over the Montreal Anaphylaxis Support Group in 2013 which allows me to connect virtually with other families facing the same ups and downs of life with food allergies.