May is Celiac Awareness Month

By Angela Petrie

What can YOU do? Who can YOU talk to?

Our goal for Celiac Awareness month is to promote EATING OUT AND FEELING SAFE. We are asking members of our Chapter to contact places like-Restaurants (target restaurants you usually cannot go to and expand our “places to eat” list, Cooking schools and Child and senior care facilities in your area to give out information and educate their employees about the Gluten Free diet, hidden sources of gluten and cross contamination.

We have 200 current members who reside from Revelstoke, through the entire Okanagan, the Kootenays, Princeton and Hope. If EACH member arranges to educate 1 or 2 of the above facilities TOGETHER we can promote a lot of awareness.

My daughter took in a box of gluten free cookies to her Grade 1 class and explained Celiac Disease to her classmates. Her teacher had never heard of CD, took all my information and did her own research on it to help Julia during the class discussion.

George Arthur is always promoting awareness at the senior residence where he resides. The chefs all know about his needs and accommodate him. Do the other care staff know about the hidden sources of gluten that can cause cross contaminate and illness?

Jodee Stevens, who joined our Chapter late last year, has offered to attend as many restaurants she can and educate staff about the GFD and cross contamination for a couple of weeks in April and possibly May.  Executive has made arrangements for a GF lunch at Okanagan College at 1000 KLO Road (off Gordon) in Kelowna to raise awareness for new chefs. It will be at 11:30 on May 14, 2009. The cost is $14.00 per person (this includes GST and a tip). We are looking for members to attend to support the lunch as well as have people on hand to assist in educating chefs. Please RSVP to Ann Paterson at or by telephone at 250-763-6105.

Mary Hicks, who is a dietitian that works in senior residential care facilities and mother of one of our younger members, Alan recently put on a GF baking workshop for the cooks, residents and family members of one of the facilities. The response was tremendously positive especially for the celiac residents who received fresh GF baked goods! Mary has since spoken with her boss and we now have access to a kitchen for GF cooking demos. She has arranged for Nana the spaetzel maker to set up a GF cooking class. ! Details: Time: May 9th 2 pm at Village at Mill Creek in the Bistro, Address: 1450 Sutherland Ave. Cost: free (optional purchase of spaetzel maker – $18) RSVP to Mary Hicks at: or 250.717.3639 ASAP

Nadene Shirtliff of Choices Market, also a newer member to our Chapter, has made arrangements for a GF cooking  class planned for May 12, 2009. The class will be upstairs and their own Chef Antonio will be coming fromVancouver. Chef Antonio is a great chef and story teller! Don’t miss out.  Cooking classes: Date/Time: May 12/09 at 6:00-7:30 at Choices Market in Kelowna. Cost: $15.00 per person with proceeds going to a local charity register Register at Choices ASAP

Jackie Gee of Osoyoos has offered to take the information packet to the new care home in Osoyoos.

David & Sharron Reed of Sicamous are planning to get the information out. Sharron works with parents & families through the local resource centre and in the elementary school in Sicamous

The Penticton satellite group is very busy for several days in May at Whole Foods – thanks to Heather Quinn for organizing! Is there anyone from Penticton that can take materials to care homes/day cares etc?

Heather Quinn is organizing an information table at Whole Foods Market here and has 8 volunteers to man the table on 2 Saturdays in May, 9th and 16th.

The above are just 8 examples of people willing to step up and spread awareness for OUR disease.

Osoyoos has a seniors care facility that is about to open. I am looking for a volunteer(s) to go to the new and existing homes in the Oliver/Osoyoos area to tell them about Celiac Disease. It doesn’t matter whether there is a current celiac resident at the home.

I have plenty of pamphlets and brochures for you! You can call me at 250-868-3830 OR email me at and let me know your plans and what information you need. We need some volunteers from the Princeton/Hope/Merritt areas as well as the Kootenays.

Angela Petrie
Chair Awareness Committee May 2009

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