Welcome to Epilepsy Support Centre's Eblast. Your quarterly newsletter from Epilepsy Support Centre covering the latest in epilepsy news from our clients, our agency, and around the world.
August 2016

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!
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! 

Kind Regards, 

Michelle Franklin
Executive Director

Pedal for PurpleA Third Party Fundraising Ride for Epilepsy

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

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:
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! 
Wacky Wednesday

Be sure to register for the remaining two weeks before the kids go back to school.

Thank you to Coulter’s Guardian Pharmacy for the generous support to make this year’s camp a huge success!

Click here to find out more about camp.

Regional News & EventsLondon-Middlesex

Social Club

  • Last Thursday of every month from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Main office - 690 Hale Street, London
  • Please RSVP to (519) 433-4073 or 

London Family Support Group and Parent Support Group

  • Third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
  • Discuss your experiences and learn new information from other families and parents
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 746 Colborne St
  • Please send your RSVP to (519) 433-4073 or

Elgin County Family Support Group

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 6:30 pm 
  • St. Thomas Public Library, 153 Curtis St., St. Thomas
  • Meetings will continue on the last Wednesday of every-other month for October 26, December 21 and into 2017 as long as support remains strong
  • Please RSVP to (519) 433-4073 or 

Oxford County Support Group

  • Jeremy is currently recruiting interest levels for individuals who both want to attend a support group every other month, and two individuals with strong organizational and social skills who would like to help facilitate the group
  • Please call or email to discuss further.

Remax Family Fireworks Summer Bash

  • Third Party Fundraiser
  • Second Annual event hosted by Rob Jonkhans and family
  • Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Komoka Community Centre, 133 Queen St. Komoka
  • For more information, connect with Rob at

Kick it Up for Kenz

Thank you to Valerie Cull and friends for hosting the Annual Kick it Up for Kenz Fundraiser in memory of Mackenzie Jordan Scott. Approximately 75 people attended the annual event to raise $2,235 for services in the London/Middlesex community!  Thank you to everyone that participated, attended and donated to this event. We appreciate the continued support that you have shown. Mackenzie will not be forgotten, and her memory continues to live on in the hearts of all.


Chatham-Kent will be hosting their first ever Alternative Therapies Information Night this fall. Complementary therapies such as Medical Marihuana, the Ketogenic Diet and epilepsy surgeries will be discussed. Check the events section of our website for upcoming information.


5th Annual McGregor Mug Run

  • Third Party Event with portion of proceeds donated to The Centre
  • Friday, September 16, 2016 - K of C McGregor Chicken Dinner
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 5km and 10km run - 50:50 tickets to support The Centre
  • More information available here


Out of the Shadows

Phil Abraham and The Purple Knights hosted their Second Annual Out of the Shadows paintball event on June 20, 2016. It was a successful day, raising approximately $1,200 for Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario and the Sarnia-Lambton region. Thank you for all of your continued support, we are grateful for your dedication and hard work. Great job, Purple Knights! 

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Epilepsy Support Centre
690 Hale Street | London, ON, N5W 1H4 | Canada

Tel: 519.433.4073 | Fax: 519.433.4079
Windsor Tel: 519.890.6614
Sarnia Tel: 519.330.0416
Chatham Tel: 519.365.5131