Registration Open For Newfoundland Conference

By Mark Johnson

Newfoundland CCA ConferenceWe are pleased to invite you to the 2016 CCA national conference, being held June 24-26, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. We are very excited, with this being the first conference in Canada’s easternmost province, and we are presenting a very interesting speaker lineup.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel Leffler, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, and a leading world researcher on celiac disease. We are also welcoming numerous other fascinating presenters, including Erin Smith (the Gluten-Free Globetrotter), speaking about her many years of gluten-free travel and offering advice and useful tips. Other pertinent topics to be addressed at the conference include celiac disease and osteoporosis, the pediatric and family doctor perspectives on celiac, a dietetic presentation, and the lighter side with Patrick Ledwell, a celiac stand-up comedian who has appeared on CBC’s The Debaters. We cannot wait for June to arrive!


Dr. Daniel Leffler

Given that it is peak tourist season at that time, with opportunities to check out the icebergs and go whale-watching, we anticipate significant tourism interest and we want to make sure we have sufficient hotel rooms reserved for our conference. Please book as soon as possible. We hope you’ll join us – what a great reason to make the trip to Newfoundland!

The fee is lower than usual at just $175 for the two-day conference (add $50 for non-members – includes membership), including breakfast both days and lunch on Saturday, and complimentary access to the vendor fair, with lots of free samples and giveaways. All are welcome! Register today at

Register before the March 31 early bird deadline for a chance to win one of five great prizes! Visit the website for details.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you in St. John’s! For all conference-related conferences, please email us at:

Celiac & Gluten Intolerant Wellness Group January 28th

Mary Hicks

Thursday night, January 28, 2016 we have our Kelowna Celiac and Gluten Intolerant Wellness Group with Mary Hicks, our Dietitian.

When: 7-8 pm
Where: Interior Health, Capri Centre Mall, Kelowna, 118 – 1835 Gordon Drive, Room 3,

Free to CCA members, $2 donation for non-members.  It’s 7 pm to 8 pm at the Capri Health Centre (118 – 1835 Gordon Drive) meeting room three with parking available at the back by Capri insurance.

Contact Mary Hicks 250-717-3639 for more information.

Gluten-Free Christmas Potluck – Sunday December 6th, 2015

Please join us:

2010 Celiac Xmas (8)Christmas Potluck
Sunday December 6th, 2015

at the Lake Country  Seniors Activity Centre
 9832 Bottom Lake Road

The doors open at 12:00 noon,
and lunch is served about 12:30  pm.

Please bring your gluten-free potluck dishes, with recipes and/or sources.

We ask adults for a toonie
to help defray the hall rental costs.

We are trying to be ‘green’ so please bring your own dishes mugs and cutlery!

Please note that this is a CHANGE from previous years.  To keep the cost down for everyone, rather than charge for a fundraising dinner made by a small group of volunteers, we changed the format to a potluck where everyone brings a dish (with a Christmas theme if possible) and there is the usual $2 donation.  This makes it less expensive for everyone and distributes the work.

Gluten-Free Cookbook Signing

If you are looking for a gift for the gluten-free in your life, this might just be the thing.  Theresa Nicassio PhD, author of the cookbook YUM – plant-based recipes for a gluten-free diet, will be signing books in Kelowna and Merritt next week. See the dates and times below:

YUM Gluten-free cookbook
October 20th

Brambles Bakery & Café
11am – 2pm
2151 Quilchena Ave. Merritt BC

Chapters – Kelowna
Orchard Park, 2271 Harvey Avenue Kelowna, BC

October 23rd

Mosaic Books – Kelowna
Noon – 3pm
411 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC

For more info visit:

Free Seminar: Top Foods To Include on the Gluten Free Topic

gluten free pop-up in Kelowna

Join Selena Devries, RD October 3rd at Choices Market in Kelowna for a free seminar “Top foods to include in a  gluten free diet.”  The event runs 11 – 1 pm with Selena speaking at 12.

Gluten-Free Beach Picnic Today at 5 pm!

gf-pop-up picnic

Selena Devries, RD, CLT and Integrative Registered Dietitian via is holding this fun (free) gluten free picnic at Rotary Beach in Kelowna TODAY!  It’s perfect for family and young ones!

Below is the full write-up.  Hope to see you there!

The theme of this event is “Eating Out.” Selena Devries, Registered Dietitian and diagnosed celiac will be giving a short talk on how to stay safe when trying to eat out gluten free.

She will also be available to chat to throughout the event and answer questions on the gluten free diet.

It’s a FREE event for everyone of all ages. Family, friends, and children all welcome. This is an event intended to support those with celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance in our community. Following a gluten free diet can be socially isolating so let’s come together and support each other!

Please bring some GLUTEN FREE snacks/dishes that you would like to eat/share. If you intend to share them, please come with a written out ingredient list of what is in your dish. Note, it is not required to share your dish.

You do NOT need to bring food to attend this event.

This is a GREEN event: Please bring your own eating utensils/bowls.

If you can make it, please RSVP on Facebook to help us plan the food:

Celiac Awareness and Information Conference in Kamloops!

pathway to health Canadian Celiac Association Logo

Celiac Awareness and Information Conference

Presented by

Canadian Celiac Association –  Kamloops Chapter

Saturday September 26, 2015

Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way, Kamloops BC  V1S 1R9

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Kraig Montalbetti, M.D. Family Physician

“A Celiac’s relationship with their Physician”

Dr. Ali Kohansal, MD Gastroenterologist

“The Celiac Diagnosis”

Dr. Justine Dowd, PhD –

            Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary

“Importance of a strict adherence to a Gluten Free diet”

Dr. Richard Lewis, M.D. F.R.C.P (C) Dermatologist

“DH – The truth behind the Rash”

Selena De Vries, RD  –

HealthBean Nutrition

“Safe Eating and Label Reading for the Celiac and the Gluten Sensitive”

Jim Motokado, Pharmacist

“What your Pharmacist needs to know after diagnosis”

Sarina Bruno

            “Growing Up Celiac – a Child’s Perspective”

Adam Hart – Author & Nutritional Researcher –

            The Power of Food and Ra Energy Co Creator

“Whole Health Eating for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity”

Visit to register.

Gluten-Free Culinary Nutrition Workshop – April 11th

selenaAre you:
  • Celiac?
  • Gluten Sensitive?
  • Trialing a Gluten Free Diet?

This workshop is for anyone who is experimenting with a gluten free diet.

April 11, 2015 – 1 pm to 4 pm   $49

We will cover superfoods to include and how to translate them into a delicious and nourishing pizza!


  • Mini Food As Medicine Lecture on The Super Gluten Free Pseudograin
  • Hands on Cooking Class:  Make Your Own Gluten Free Pizza
  • Q&A With Selena Devries, Celiac Dietitian and Founder of Healthbean

There are very limited spots available.  So, if you would like to join us, please reserve as early as possible.

You can register via Selena at 778-990-6047 or via  Eventbrite:

Selena Devries, RD, CLT
Integrative Registered Dietitian