National Conference on
Children with Sensitivities

Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Canada (AEHA)
Ottawa Branch

Ottawa, 31 May 1996



Conference Speakers

Sue Baker is an Education Officer in the Special Education Policy Unit of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training with allergies, sensitivities, asthma and anaphylaxis under her portfolio. She represents her Unit in interministerial discussions about school health support services and other issues related to exceptional children and youth.

Reg Barsoum is a Project Engineer for The Waterloo County Board of Education and has been instrumental in the development of standards, and in the construction and on-going operation of classrooms for students with sensitivities, and for the first school built especially for students with sensitivities (opening September 1996). He has represented the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as a member of the Canadian Standards Association Ergonomics Committee.

Dr. W. Greg Booth is a dentist who had to retire due to his exposure to chemicals in the workplace. He is Past President of AEHA Nova Scotia, President of AEHA Canada, and serves on the Patient Advocacy Committee for the Environmental Health Clinic in Fall River, NS. Dr. Booth is also a resource person for support groups in Nova Scotia and assists with the production of AEHA's newsleter, National UPdate.

Roy Cooper is married with four daughters, one of whom is learning disabled. He has been involved with the Learning Disabilities Association for 18 years serving at the chapter, provincial and national levels. He is currently Ontario President and a member of the Board of Directors at the chapter and national levels.

K.S. (Ken) Drolet is an electrical engineer with 37 years of public service, 19 of which were in the military. Ken's wife Estelle and daughter Christine both suffer from sensitivities. For the past few years, Ken has been on the Board of Directors of Barrhaven Non-Profit Housing, Incorporated, which includes the one of the first multiple unit non-profit housing for persons with sensitivities.

Dr. Edward Ellis is Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Health Department, specializing in tobacco use prevention, tuberculosis prevention and control, alcohol use harm reduction, and multicultural health promotion. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa teaching environmental/occupational health courses.

Dr. Frank Foley is the Medical Director of the Environmental Health Clinic and a member of the Department of Family Practice at Women's College Hospital, Toronto. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. Dr. Foley is interested in the assessment and treatment of persons with chronic health issues in a holistic manner.

Elizabeth Hare is a desktop publisher who also organizes logistics for conferences. She has two children with sensitivities. She is active with the Allergy and Environmental Health Association at the branch and national levels. Ms. Hare is co-author of "Accommodating the Needs of Students with Environmental Sensitivities" and "Planning Your Hospital Stay: A Guide for Persons with Sensitivities" (forthcoming).

Heather Holden has three children with sensitivities, two of whom have learning disabilities. She has been involved with the Learning Disabilities Association at the chapter, provincial and national levels. She was instrumental in obtaining accommodation for students with environmental sensitivities at the Halton Board of Education and assisted with the development of its Environmental Hypersensitivity Policy.

Ed Lowans consults on healthy buildings, advanced design and environmental health issues. He is Past President of the Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Canada, coordinator of the Environmental Construction Network and a member of the Green Coalition. He is author or co-autho of several books and numerous articles including "The Clean Air Guide", "Building Materials for the Hypersensitive" and "The Guide to Green Building Materials".

Dr. William J. (Bill) Mahoney represents the Ontario Medical Association on the Ontario Advisory Council on Special Education. He is Chief, Developmental Assessment, Chedoke-McMaster Child and Family Centre, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Clinically, Dr Mahoney works with children with language, learning and attentional problems.

Dr. Lynn Marshall is a physician in the Environmental Health Clinic, Women's College Hospital, and a Research Associate in the University of Toronto Environmental Hypersensitivity Research Unit. She is the Past President of the Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine.

Barbara McElgunn is the Health Liaison Officer for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. Her background is in nursing, with a post-graduate specialty in neurological and neurosurgical nursing. She has represented LDA on many national and international workgroups on research, environmental and health issues relevant to learning disabilities.

Dr. John Molot is a physician who has been working in the field of environmental medicine since 1980. He is Medical Advisor and Chair of the Health Data Working Group for the Federal Task Force on Material Emissions. He has collaborated on various research projects of the Environmental Hypersensitivity Research Unit in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the University of Toronto. He is the current President of the Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine.

Ian C. Morton has been involved in various environmental activities for over 10 years. He is currently Project Director of Environmental Health Programs for the Ontario Lung Association. He co- authored "The Air We Breathe" program, created Better Breathing Month and has written numerous technical and educational reports addressing environmental issues. Most recently, Ian directed C.A.N. DO - the campaign for Clean Air Now.

John Nelms is an optometrist whose wife Kitty became extremely ill after exposure to pesticides. To help Kitty, John researched building products and methods and Kitty tested each product for tolerability. John then found craftspeople for such trades as plastering and a builder who agreed to respect Kitty's need for tight environmental control.

Dr. Doris J. Rapp is a pediatric allergist specializing in environmental medicine and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Rapp is a world-renowned author and video producer on children with learning, behavioural and attention difficulties caused by sensitivities, with such titles as The Impossible Child, Is This Your Child? and Environmentally Sick Schools. Her newest book, Is This Your Child's World?, was released in the fall of 1996. Dr. Rapp is a former President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

Leslirae Rotor, MA, MSc, is an economist involved in third-world development work. She is President of AEHA-Ottawa and National Capital Representative for AEHA-Canada. She is also co-author of "Accommodating the Needs of Students with Environmental Sensitivities" and "Planning Your Hospital Stay: A Guide for Persons with Sensitivities" (forthcoming).

Bruce M. Small, PEng, has done pioneering research on low-indoor-pollution design for the general public, for institutions, and for individuals with sensitivities. As a cofounder of Green Eclipse Incorporated, he has recently established and launched the Envirodesic Certification Program. Bruce is also the author of several publications, the most recent being Environmental Hypersensitivity in the Workplace.

Dr Anna Rose Spina was hired by the Department of Family Practice at Women's College Hospital, Toronto, to facilitate the development of the Environmental Health Clinic. She was previously dealing with environmental health issues, since 1985, in the Ontario Ministry of Health where she worked until 1993. Dr. Spina is currently a Program Development Consultant and works half time for the Environmental Health Clinic.

Debra Wright is a Senior Advisor with the Research and Housing Innovation Section, Ontario Region, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Her current projects include the Toronto Healthy House which will open to the public in September and the CMHC Ontario Healthy Housing Awards program. She is also the host of a radio show focusing on healthy housing.

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