Hello Summer!Letter from the Executive Director
Welcome to our Summer Newsletter! We love the hustle and bustle of the summer around The Centre, with the neighbourhood ice cream truck, social club BBQ's, community garden veggies, summer camp programs and a house full of enthusiastic summer students! We wish you a safe and happy summer, and would love for you to stop in to visit if you can find the time!
Keenan, grade 11 at Oakridge S.S., is completing his co-operative education (co-op) position with Epilepsy Support Centre, as a requirement of specialist high skills major in health and wellness. Keenan has spent the past four months helping with a variety of tasks at Epilepsy Support Centre’s head office, including providing event support, completing administrative tasks, providing assistance with programming, maintenance and other duties.
Epilepsy Awareness MonthMarch Wrap Up
Nearing the end of Keenan’s co-op, he’s indicated that meeting new people and helping others -especially within the Game On program, have been highlights of his volunteer time at The Centre. Besides learning how to use technology and software in the office, Keenan has learned seizure first aid and that not all seizures are convulsive. His knowledge that he will be taking with him and sharing with others, further help to reduce the common misconceptions that young adults often have around seizure disorders.
During his co-op, Keenan shares that he has realized how a small non-profit organization can have a large impact on others, including himself. he says that Epilepsy Support Centre has taught him that when you work for a charity, ‘you wear all kinds of hats’.
Keenan shares that his future career ambitions include becoming a paramedic or firefighter, but ultimately a career that helps others. Epilepsy Support Centre hopes that his time at The Centre has helped to shape his future and appreciates the impact of his efforts. We will miss you Keenan!
If you’re interested in volunteering with Epilepsy Support Centre, please complete our volunteer application.
Thank you to our community members, local businesses and schools who got involved in raising awareness about epilepsy, seizures and seizure first aid in as many ways as possible. Epilepsy Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to begin a discussion about epilepsy, educate the public and break down the stigma of seizure disorders. Special thanks to one of our major donors, Domino's Pizza of Canada Ltd., for supporting our school campaigns in the London and Windsor regions.
Thank you to our Thames Valley and Windsor-Essex Schools who participated in our Domino's Pizza of Canada Ltd fundraiser. With your help, we raised $8446.80
Please visit our #PurpleNation2016 page for a complete list of all that supported March Epilepsy Awareness Month and Purple Day in 2016, as well as to find photos from local campaigns and fundraisers.
Passport to ParisAnnual Spring Gala 2016
Epilepsy Support Centre would like to thank all guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers who participated in our Passport to Paris Gala, which took place on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Brookside Banquet Centre in London, ON. Approximately 200 attendees enjoyed the formal event, which included dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Mike Schlater, CEO of Dominos Pizza of Canada Ltd. was awarded the 2016 H.O.P.E Award for his significant contributions to the education programs at The Centre.
We are overwhelmed with the continued success of this event, which would not be possible without the generosity of our title sponsors and those who made donations. Special thank you to the following: Try Recycling, Gore Mutual Insurance, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Gordons Gold Jewellers and Steam Whistle Brewing.
We are happy to announce that this year's Gala raised over $20,000. Proceeds from the event will directly help further our mission by providing education and support services in our communities. Of special note, approximately 175 hours were contributed by our fantastic volunteers who help to plan and host the event.
For more information and to see event photos, please visit our website: http://epilepsysupport.ca/passport-to-paris-gala-2016
Please be sure to save the date for next year's Gala, which will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Epilepsy Southwestern OntarioWhat's Changing? Just Our Name!
Did you know that The Centre has expanded, and is now providing support and educational services in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties? As a direct result, we are officially changing our name to Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario (ESWO), to reflect our expanded service regions.
We will be updating our name and logo, but the exceptional services and programs we provide will still remain the same. Throughout the next few months, newly branded materials, including a new website, will be produced and shared. Please be sure to check www.epilepsysupport.ca for more information and updates as they become available.
Wacky Wednesday Summer CampRegister Early!
With the support of Coulter's Guardian Pharmacy, Wacky Wednesday Camp is back and will run on Wednesdays, starting on July 6th and ending August 24th.
Epilepsy Support Centre’s Wacky Wednesday Camp is a full daycamp for children aged 4-12 who have seizures and their siblings. This unique recreational day camp program provides a safe and highly supervised environment in which campers are encouraged to have new experiences and fully participate in all activities!
This year's Camp will take place at Knollwood Park P.S. (70 Gammage St, London) with planned day trips. Stay tuned for exciting updates. Please email Tabitha to be added to the registration list, firstname.lastname@example.org.