Summer UpdatesLetter from the Executive Director
With summer coming to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our six summer students who joined our team for two months! Pictured above (right to left) are Langa Mguni (Summer Camp Counsellor), Cassandra Haggarty (Summer Camp Manager), Christine Bere (Summer Camp Manager), Keenan Dawdy (Summer Camp Counsellor) and Jennifer Gall (Videographer/Communications). Absent from the photo is Ted Linden (Videographer/Communications). These students have been invaluable and we will certainly miss their enthusiasm and the office chatter! We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming year of studies!
Pedal for PurpleA Third Party Fundraising Ride for Epilepsy
Please watch for the release of our new branding, as we transition from Epilepsy Support Centre to Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario over the next few months. We are excited about growing as it enables us to provide support and educational services to even more families living with epilepsy throughout Southwestern Ontario.
I am saddened to share that we have lost United Way funding in both Oxford County and Sarnia-Lambton. We would like to thank them for their support over the years and want to say a huge thank you to our supporters in these areas who have generously donated to The Centre to help us overcome this funding loss! You are the reason we are able to continue service in Oxford County and Sarnia! We are extremely grateful to United Way of Chatham-Kent and United Way Elgin-St. Thomas who continue to fund our education and support programs!
Chase Cartwright, 14 years old, rode his bike approximately 400 km across Southwestern Ontario in honour of his Mom and others living with epilepsy.
Leaving Roseland Public School in Windsor on Thursday, June 23, and arriving in Toronto at the CN Tower on Sunday, June 26; Chase's adventure took place over the course of four days.
His fundraising goal was set at an ambitious $5,000, but with his determination and generous support from donors and sponsors, Chase surpassed his goal, raising just over $7,500 and spreading epilepsy awareness along the way!
These pledges and sponsors will create a discretionary fund called 'The Chase Cartwright Fund', so that people living with epilepsy who are in need are able to access crucial seizure safety items to help them live well with epilepsy.
As a direct result of Chase's compassion for people living with epilepsy, his unwavering determination and his exemplary desire to raise epilepsy awareness, we are excited to announce that Chase will be receiving the 2017 H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People with Epilepsy) Award at our Annual Spring Gala, to be held Saturday April 1, 2017. This is The Centre's highest honour and Chase will be the youngest recipient in over twelve years!
Thank you for your support Chase!
This third party fundraiser was put on by Chase and the Cartwright family, with proceeds being donated to Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario.
Third Annual Seize the Day EventAnnual 2.5K Walk / 5K Run
Registration is open for our 3rd
Annual Seize the Day 2.5K Walk / 5K Run. Join us on Sunday, September 25, 2016
from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at Kiwanis park North (Hale St. entrance) as we walk and run together in support of individuals, families and members of the community affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Whether remembering someone who passed away from a seizure, supporting those who are affected by seizures or raising awareness about the condition, we want to make this annual event a community engagement opportunity for everyone to participate in.
Registration in advance is $20 and this fee is waived if you submit at least $100 in pledges per individual entrant. Anyone submitting $150 or more in pledges will also receive an event t-shirt and water bottle. Please make all cheques payable to: Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario.
For more information, including new exciting additions to this year’s event, please visit www.epilepsysupport.ca/seizetheday2016
Student Support ProgramEpilepsy Education Booking Sheets Available
Exciting news for all parents, schools and teachers:
Resources for our School Student Program are up on our website! This includes booking sheets for our Thinking About Epilepsy Program and teacher in-service presentations. Feel free to download the forms or share the link: www.epilepsysupport.ca/educators. This is our final year of the Domino's Pizza of Canada Ltd. Program - book early!
Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario is grateful for the continued support that Domino’s Pizza Canada Ltd. provides to our public education programs. With their generosity, we were able to provide 103 classroom presentations and 18 teacher in-services presentations in Windsor/Essex and Thames Valley regions this year. In total, that’s 2,951 students and 280 teachers who learned about epilepsy and seizure first aid!
During Epilepsy Awareness Month, 17 schools in Windsor/Essex and Thames Valley Regions participated in epilepsy awareness and fundraising activities by hosting a Domino's Pizza Canada Ltd. pizza party. In total, they raise $8,330 for The Centre! Thank you for all of your support and hard work!
Thank you Domino's Pizza Canada Ltd. for supplying over 6,670 pizza slices for our Public Education Programs and school awareness events!