Christmas Party 2012 Photos

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Approximately 40 people who attended our annual gluten-free Christmas dinner fundraiser held Sunday December 2nd.  Unlike our regular potluck affairs, at this event you buy a ticket and bring no food. All proceeds go back to the Canadian Celiac Association.

Fun was had by all for our yummy meal. Thanks to the executive who made the meal and brought in goodies. A special thanks to Angela, Rachael and Shae who donated food supplies.

Thanks to Save on Foods for the donation of $124 worth of groceries to our event and to Choices for six $25 gift certificates.

Our next potluck meeting is Sunday March 3rd in 2013!

9th Annual Celiac June Fundraiser Luncheon

9th Annual Celiac June Fundraiser Luncheon

We will be a having a pizza and dessert luncheon this year!

Irene ThompsonWhen: It will be at noon on Sunday, June 10th doors open at 12:00 noon, lunch about 12:30

Where: Our regular meeting place – Seniors Activity Centre, 9832 Bottom Lake Road, Lake Country

What:  The executive will be providing the gluten-free pizza, salads and ice cream. There will be 3 choices: including vegetarian. Please bring your favorite brownies for dessert!

Cost:  There will be a $10 charge for 10 and over.   Children 9 and under FREE!  Charges must be prepaid.    Cheques can be sent to our mailbox. PO Box 21031-Kelowna, B.C, V1Y 9N8  We appreciate you paying by the June 3rd.

See you at the luncheon!

Check out these Christmas lights for Celiac Disease!

By Alek  Komarnitsky

Christmas Lights For Celiac

Yes, it is the holiday season, and back online for 2011 are the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease:

Once again, three live webcams and X10 technology allows web surfers to not only view the action, but also control 20,000+ lights … plus inflate/deflate the giant 15′ Santa Balloon, Santa on Skis, in a Helicopter, and flying a Plane … along with Elmo, Frosty Family, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson Santa – D’OH!

The website is totally free (and totally fun) and is one of my zany ways of raising awareness & soliciting donations for Celiac Disease  My two sons have this condition, so it’s personal for me. If folks are so inclined, you can make an optional donation directly to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Over $60,000 has been raised with holiday lights – pretty wild.

While people around the world (146 countries last year) enjoy seeing the lights ON, environmentalists will be happy to know that they can turn the lights OFF with a click of the mouse. Better yet, this is the 7th year I’m using Wind Power and even though that is “clean” energy, I even did a carbon offset contribution for the half ton of CO2 generated by the about one megawatt-hour of power consumed – that’s about the same as one cross-country airline trip. Finally, by providing online viewing via webcam, you don’t need to burn fossil fuels by driving around to see Christmas lights.  Al Gore would be proud!

But HEY, the couple of bucks a day in electrical costs are well worth the joy it brings to people (especially the kids) when they see the display in person and/or on the web. There’s even a Hi-Def option, so gather your family around the large screen and open up some Eggnog as the chestnuts are roasting on an open fire.

So surf on by, tell your friends, Blog/Facebook/Tweet about it and spread the word.

Merry Christmas and HO-HO-HO!

Slideshow: June Pizza Fundraiser a Success!

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Despite the on again – off again, warm and cool weather Sunday, our 8th annual pizza and dessert fundraiser went off without a hitch.  Approximately 42 attended with many new faces.

Thanks to Jim’s Pizza in Vernon (across from VJH) for the crusts and of course to the executive who made and baked the pizzas.

Also thanks to our sponsors , especially Save on Foods, who  donated that raffle draw prizes.  According to Bill, approximately $40 was raised for the chapter.

After pizza and desert, Jodie Stevens provided an informative briefing on the Ottawa conference last month.  We’ll try and post her conference notes on the website shortly.  We’ll also have more information on the Kelowna conference on the website in the next couple of weeks.

Regrets come from Marie who was ill and could not attend.  We hope that you feel better soon!

June pizza and dessert luncheon!

Eighth Annual Celiac Fundraiser Luncheon!

Kelowna Chapter will be a having a pizza and dessert luncheon this year! It will be at noon on Sunday, June 12th (doors open at 12:00 noon, lunch about 12:30) at our regular meeting place at the Seniors Activity Centre, 9832 Bottom Lake Road, Lake Country. (map)

The executive will be providing the gluten-free pizza.

There will be 3 choices:

    1. Hawaiian (ham & pineapple),
    2. Classic (meat & veg’s), and;
    3. Vegetarian.

There will be a $10 charge for 10 and over. Children are free.

We need to know who is coming so we can have enough food to make the pizzas as we will be making them at the meeting.

This event must be prepaid! We appreciate you paying by June 3rd.

Cheques can be sent to our mailbox: Kelowna Celiac P.O. Box 21031 Kelowna  B.C, V1Y 9N8

Blenz Coffee Fundraiser

by Angela Petrie

Last fall our Association decided to give a the Blenz fundraiser a try.

How can you support it?

1. Purchasing Blenz coffee/tea at our meetings (we accept cash or cheque payable to Kelowna Celiac Association)
2. By Phone: 604-682-2995 M-F 8:00am-5:00pm (payment by credit card, cheque or money order payable to Blenz Coffee)
3. By Fax:1-604-682-2542 Feel free to print your order and fax it in.
4. By Mail: Blenz Coffee, Suite #300-535 Thurlow St., Vancouver B.C. V6E 3L2
5. Online: through the Blenz Coffee website. Instructions below!

The following is information you will need to order online:

Go to:
Click on “my account”
Click on “create a new account”
Fill out your account information. For “company” put in Kelowna Celiac Association

Go to: View “our products” on left-hand side of screen – it has a description of each coffee/tea. Choose which item you would like to purchase. Choose quantity (1 bag) and click “add to cart”. ***According to our Blenz representative, in order to receive the discount you must purchase 1 item at a time. It will list your item and a total – in order to receive our discount type the following code in the “Apply Coupon” box:GC0158787316

Go to checkout. Your shipping information will come up. You must fill in the “Affiliated Charity” in order to receive the $2.25 discount and the Kelowna Chapter to receive the money. Click on Proceed to payment information which will take you to a secure site at PayPay. Here you will have two options. One you can pay with your PayPay account if you have one or pay directly with your credit card. If this is your option fill out all required fields on the left and proceed to Review Order and Continue. Blenz accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover thru Pay Pal processing. Cheques and Money Orders payable to Blenz Coffee.

The cost of the tea/coffee is $12.95. It will appear on the screen as $14.95 until our code [GC0158787316 ] is put in and then a $2.00 discount is applied. The key is it will only take $2.00 off every order NOT every bag so in order for people to obtain the discount they must order each bag of coffee/tea individually which, right now anyhow, is not big deal as there are no shipping costs.

Items available:


  • Machu Picchu (dark)
  • Safari Blend (medium)
  • Klondike Blend (dark)
  • Sunset Blend (light)
  • Espresso Columbian Decaf


  • Jasmine
  • Green
  • Earl Grey
  • English Breakfast
  • Strawberry
  • Black
  • Ceremonial
  • Matcha
  • Natural Alishan Oolong
  • Natural White Tea

If you require assistance please email Angela Petrie at and I will help you out.

Please remember that ANYONE can order products online and the Kelowna Chapter will benefit. Please feel free to send this information to all your friends, coworkers, relatives etc. that enjoy a good cup of tea or coffee and see how much money we can generate for the Kelowna Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association!