January 2019 Newsletter


New Year, New Look!

With 2018 in-the-books, I’ve made some changes to the look of our newsletter.

We appreciate that you’re busy, and so we have organized things a little better to help you find the information that you’re looking for.  As always, if there are suggestions that you have to help us improve please be sure to let us know!




2018 Gift Wrap


Word cannot express how overwhelmed we are with the support of the community regarding our Gift Wrap Booth last December.  

Preliminary numbers are in, and approximately $14,500 was raised!  This money will be divided between our organization and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Barrie; we look forward to using these funds to expand and redevelop some of our programs to better serve you.

Public Education


As professionals, we understand that there’s a need for more knowledge and awareness with epilepsy.

We appreciate that organizations, schools, businesses, and social service agencies work with this specific population, but that they may not have all of the tools needed for success.

Epilepsy Simcoe County is committed to offering outreach services and solidifying our relationship within the community.   Our desire is to continue to bring epilepsy into the public eye through our relationships with others, which include – but are not limited to – the media and city leaders.

If you are interested in having us come to your location, inside Simcoe County, to present to students, teachers, clients, and / or colleagues, please click here to fill out a booking form.

Office Volunteers Needed


We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to work in our office during the week.  Shifts can be between 2 and 4 hours, and will involve light office administration duties (no experience is necessary).

If you are interested and would like more information, please send us an email at epilepsysimcoecounty@rogers.com

Dates to Remember

Information Session, Bayfield Mall Community Room


In this session, the importance of mindfulness to health and as a stress reduction strategy will be explored.  Using curriculum and tools through the internationally recognized program “Mindfulness without Borders”, participants will be guided through an introduction to mindfulness, have the opportunity to participate in mindfulness practices such as “Tuza”, and engage in a self-reflection.

People are encouraged to dress comfortably.

This will be held at the Bayfield Mall in the Community Room (beside Pharma Plus)

All are welcome!

You must fill out the form to RSVP.

Boston Pizza Fundraising Night

Boston Pizza

We’re getting ready early for Purple Day (March 26th) with Boston Pizza in Barrie!

Come out on Monday, March 4th (South End Location) between 5pm and 8pm and dine for a great cause!

Celebrity Servers will be on-site, and 10% of food sales comes back to us to continue our support and advocacy within Simcoe County!  Updates on who will be helping to serve will follow.

To be placed on the “Reminder List”, please fill out the form below.

International Epilepsy Day on Feb 11th


International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

This is a day for everyone, no matter where you are, no matter how small your group or large your area, no matter whether you focus on the medical or the social aspects of the disease. We want you to help us celebrate International Epilepsy Day! Let’s speak with one global voice.

This year, organizations were encouraged to create a short video about epilepsy and submit it for a chance to win $500.  Shawna Bailey, our Executive Director, created an engaging video to teach children the very basics of what epilepsy is, what happens, and how they can help by being a good friend.  To view the video, please click here.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)



As we move forward into the new year, we want to know what you would like to see take place within our organization.

Individuals, family members, and professionals are invited to participate in this 2 minute survey regarding what kind of support and training you need, how you would like to be supported (ie. downloadable Information Sessions if travel is difficult), and how you would like to get your information (ie. newsletter vs. social media).

Please take a moment right now and click here to start the survey.


8 Most Valuable (and Brutal) Life Lessons Everyone Should Learn


Emily Donoghue, of Living Well with Epilepsy, discusses what she has learned from her diagnosis with epilepsy- everything from acceptance to the lesson of life.  Click here to read more.