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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:34 pm 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
Posts: 2987
Location: Toronto
Rick Orchard was an editor at the Toronto Star who died suddenly of
an aortic aneuryism in late July, just short of his 49th birthday. He was talented
journalist, remembered with great respect and fondness by his colleagues,
but also by the Toronto allergy community.
Following is an appreciation by Marilyn Allen, one of the founders of
Anaphylaxis Canada.

In Memory of Rick

My friend and fellow volunteer Rick Orchard was a pioneer in the cause of anaphylaxis awareness in schools. He was a committed advocate for improving anaphylaxis policies in the public school system.
Beyond his parental concern to make his own son's school safe, he tenaciously battled on to have an anaphylaxis policy developed for the Toronto District School Board and encouraged his local school trustee to join the initial committee that developed the first edition of the Canadian School Board's Anaphylaxis Guidelines.
Not satisfied until a this benchmark document was completed, Rick tirelessly contributed as a parent advisor on behalf of the patient groups. Following the publication of that document, he presented on the guidelines at Anaphylaxis Network conferences, support group meetings and at school board conferences. He received a recognition from the Anaphylaxis Network for his value as a stellar volunteer.
I will miss knowing that my respected friend and fellow pioneer will not be at his desk at the Toronto Star where he frequently passed on noteworthy articles on anaphylaxis for us to benefit from.
My heart goes out to Dana (Flavelle) and family and my assurance that we will keep working to protect not only his anaphylactic son but also all of the at-risk students he cared about.

With greatest respect, Marilyn Allen

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:48 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Thanks for letting us know, Gwen. I didn't know him, but it sounds like a great loss to the allergy community, and obviously to his family.


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 5:06 am 

Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:55 pm
Posts: 412
Location: Vancouver, BC
That's so sad. He was very young.

My condolences.

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