Meetings, Membership and Location

TAEG 2015/2016 Programme

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Tuesday, October 6th, 7-9pm 2015  Getting kids cooking with allergies

 Cooking is an essential life skill – even more so when you have allergies and eating out can be a challenge.  Join us for a talk and cooking demonstration about how to get kids – from toddler to teenagers – involved in the kitchen.  Culinary Nutritionist Sandra Bruton of Sure Chef teaches cooking classes for parents & tots, preschoolers, school-age kids and teens and will provide us with tips and tricks to get kids of all ages interested and skilled in the kitchen.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a chef who specializes in allergy-friendly cooking. 

 Tuesday, December 1st 7-9pm 2015:  Behind the scenes of 911 – TAEG takes a field trip!

We are thrilled to offer a field trip this year – our December meeting will take place at the head office of the Toronto Paramedics Services 4330 Dufferin (near Finch & Dufferin), for a tour of the control centre where 911 calls are received and ambulances are dispatched.  We will then hear from a paramedic and from Dr. Howard Ovens, the Director of the Schwartz/ Reisman Emergency Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital. Join us to find out about what happens when you call 911 with an anaphylactic emergency – from an operator, paramedic and emergency room physician.  This is an amazing opportunity for a “behind the scenes” look to get informed and comfortable with the high quality emergency response services our city has to offer.  We hope you won’t ever need it, but it’s good to know what to expect should you ever have to make that dreaded call.

Note:  Space is limited to 40 people, so please be sure to register and if your plans change, please update your registration to allow others to attend.

Tuesday, January 26, 7-9pm  2016 Travelling with allergies:  Destination Disney World!

January might be cold but thoughts of trips south can warm us up!  Join us at this informative session to hear from two families with multiple food allergies who have successfully travelled to Disney, eating out safely.  They’ll share resources and behind the scenes tips that can make your travel planning easier.  It’s a great way to hear about how to travel with allergies to one of the top spots for family vacations!  Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or just beginning to think about how to travel with allergies, you’re sure to get some new ideas from this session!

Tuesday, April 5, 7-9pm 2016  Ask the Allergist and LEAP Study update

 Come out and join us to hear from Dr Anastasios Papadopoulos of the Toronto Allergy Group. He’ll discuss the findings of the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut) study which looked at how to prevent peanut allergies in young children.  Then we’ll open it up to the group – a fantastic chance to ask your questions about asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis to a leading Canadian allergist.  

 Tuesday, May 31, 7-9pm 2016 Explaining allergies to kids

Have you struggled with how to explain the seriousness of allergies to your child, without causing undue anxiety?  And as kids get older and face new challenges as pre-teens and teenagers, wouldn’t it be helpful to hear from someone who’s been there?  Paula-Jane Bellizzi is an allergy therapist, and mom to a teen with allergies.  As a qualified social worker, Paula-Jane helps families in her practice as an allergy consultant, to deal with the ups and downs of life with allergies.  In this talk, she’ll share her expertise on speaking about allergies with kids and the kinds of situations and questions that may arise, with advice on best practices to manage effectively.  Be sure to join us to strengthen your toolkit as a parent and hear about how to raise a confident and competent child with allergies.


Membership and Location

Membership in TAEG starts every year in September.  We have secured new meeting space this year which has allowed us to suspend our membership fees (normally $20 per family pro-rated, for up to two adults to attend all five meetings from September to June, or individual entry per meeting is $5), so for our 2015/16 season there is no cost to attend.

NEW LOCATION:  Our meetings will be held at Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Avenue West, near Yonge and Finch.  We’ll have a membership desk to welcome you. Parking is available and nearest TTC bus stop is at Finch Ave West and Carney Road.  Click here for full details on the location and TTC directions.


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