- to “educate” local restaurants re: gluten-free food items on their menus
- to increase awareness among doctors and hospital staff about gluten-free requirements of patients
- to source out “true” gluten-free products and facilities (eg. bulk buying, grocery stores)
- to compile a small, “user-friendly” gluten-free cookbook, either simply for member-sharing or to use as a fundraiser (eventually) to pass on information to members of the group about Celiac Disease, recipes and more
- cooking class (eg. sourdough baking using gluten-free flours)
- speakers (eg. dietician)
- participants research and share information relevant to his/her specific interest areas
At present the group is deciding how formal it will be, and the possibility of becoming a Satellite of the Kelowna Chapter of CCA.
For more information about the West Kootenay Group email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Don Lyon at 250-505-2050.
Update: This article appeared in the local Kootenay press to promote the new group:
A Gluten Free Start for a West Kootenay Celiac Group
It is amazing what a little bit of support can do for you! When someone is diagnosed with celiac, an auto-ammune disease that attacks their small intestines, they are often overwhelmed by the diet restrictions. First you try to imagine having no wheat, barley or rye grain in your diet and then you find out that the grains are hidden in many products. While your doctor, a dietician or even the internet can provide information, having other celiac or gluten intolerant people to talk to is important.