Epilepsy Support Centre enhances the lives of people who are affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders by providing a network of services that educate, support, and build community awareness.
SUPPORT people with epilepsy and their families.
RAISE AWARENESS , dispel myths, and break down the stigma of epilepsy.
EDUCATE our communities about epilepsy and seizure first aid.
- Category: News
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:41
When a London member, who prefers to remain anonymous, heard of the recent funding challenges faced by Epilepsy Support Centre, he called the Centre to see how he could help. He learned that the loss of funding would make it difficult for Epilepsy Support Centre to offer the critical programs and services that help educate the public, reduce the stigma associated with epilepsy, and support families and individuals when they receive a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Within an hour of that phone call, Epilepsy Support Centre received the donor's $8,000 cheque. This generous donation will fill gaps in public education and support services funding and ensure they'll continue to be available.
"Facing life with epilepsy on a daily basis becomes a lot easier when you know that help is a quick phone call away," says the donor. "Being able to give back to an organization that works tirelessly to inform and educate the public while also providing support outside of a hospital setting is a wonderful feeling, and the least I can do."
Epilepsy Support Centre, its staff, board of directors, and members would all like to thank the donor and his family for their generosity. Every dollar helps the Centre fulfill its goals. Gifts like these feel extra special when they come from our members.
If you would like to help, you can make a donation through Canada Helps or call our London office at 519-433-4073 x 202.
- Category: News
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:21
The Sarnia branch of Canadian Red Cross is incorporating the Do You Know What To Do? seizure first aid video in their first aid and CPR training. After hosting a Seizures 101 presentation by Epilepsy Support Centre staff, Community Services Coordinator of Canadian Red Cross, C.J Taylor, approached the Centre about including the video in their standard First Aid courses.
"I think by showing the video, it will bring more knowledge to our participants than what we have in our First Aid and CPR book," says Taylor.
According to Taylor, approximately 100 to 150 people take first aid training at Sarnia's Canadian Red Cross each month. If there is positive feedback to the video, it will be added to all courses offered by the branch, which could result in 200 to 250 people per month receiving epilepsy information and seizure first aid training.
Taylor was impressed with the video because he says seizures and seizure first aid "is explained so well." He feels the video will help the public become better educated about the proper response techniques required when someone is having a seizure.
"Some days we host three courses per day in and around Sarnia-Lambton and added information for any topic is a bonus."