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Donna Giustizia - Ward 2 Civic Hero Award, 2010Vaughan Council recognized Ward 2 resident Donna Giustizia with the Civic Hero Award for her work advocating for educational reforms and community needs for those affected by anaphylaxis, or severe life threatening allergies. Ms. Giustizia has children who have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis.Ms. Giustizia spearheaded the implementation of a comprehensive school allergy plan in Ontario that was adopted by her children’s school and formed the basis of the plan which was put into effect by all the schools governed by its board.Anaphylaxis reactions are rapid and may result in death without immediate treatment. Food is the most common cause, but insect stings, medicine, latex or exercise can trigger anaphylaxis. It has been estimated that more than 600,000 Canadians are at risk of anaphylaxis. “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Ms. Giustizia for her efforts in assisting Canadians diagnosed with anaphylaxis and helping them to maintain a high quality of life,” said Ward 2 Councillor Tony Carella, who nominated her for the award.