Sorry for the long hiatus! In the past 5 months I've graduated with my PhD, started a job, moved into a house and had a baby. So, as you can imagine, life has been a bit hectic.
Despite this business, however, I wanted to get a post out before March, Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada, ended. That's right, March is Epilepsy Awareness Month. There are a few really exciting events taking place across Canada and here in Toronto.
First is PurpleDay (March 26th). Click the link to read all about it, but it's going to involve some really exciting events which will undoubtedly increase epilepsy awareness. For example, in Toronto, the CN Tower will be lit up purple. How fantastic is that? The (once) tallest freestanding building in the world lit up in purple to grab people's attention and let them know that epilepsy affects them and their community.
Another exciting note - SACEC has been asked to participate in an information session at Ontario's Provincial Parliament to help inform and educate Parliamentary Members on epilepsy! What an exciting opportunity to raise epilepsy awareness amongst those who hold the purse-strings for health care services. Here's is more information on that event -- please get involved if you can!
Help Raise Epilepsy Awareness at the Ontario Legislature! On Tuesday, March 31st, 2009, epilepsy agencies across the province have been invited to participate at an information session for Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP). Medical professionals specializing in epilepsy care, leading epilepsy researchers, and epilepsy community organizations will be speaking with elected representatives about improving epilepsy care in Ontario.
Please help us with this initiative by ensuring that your MPP attends this event. Call or send an email to your local representative and strongly encourage him/her to attend the Purple Day Splash - Information Session on Epilepsy at Queens Park.
To help you find your MPPs contact information, click on: http://fyed.elections.on.ca/fyed/en/form_page_en.jsp and enter your postal code. Once you have your electoral district, search for the contact information of the MPP in your riding using the following link: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do?locale=en&ord=Riding&dir=ASC&list_type=all_mpps
As a representative of your riding, your MPP is responsible for meeting with constituents to help find services to assist them in different ways, and attend and support community events. An MPP may be able to help with and present a petition to the Legislature concerning a specific problem or issue in the riding, such as improving Epilepsy care. We hope that you will urge your MPP to attend.
Summary of "Purple Day Splash - Information Session on Epilepsy" Details: Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 Time: 9:00am - 6:30pm Location: Queen's Park, Committee Room #2
Given all of the exciting events happening (these are just a few of the many) - it really feels like this year could be the turning point for epilepsy in Canada -- where it is no longer a disorder buried in the shadows. Please do what you can to get involved and make this year's epilepsy awareness events the biggest yet.