November 2018 Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director

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Many years ago, a relative of mine took some testing with a Psychologist to determine if they had ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  While her dream was to become a teacher, she was told once the results came in that she was “college – not University – material” and that she should choose a different path.

Needless to say, she was crushed.

However, after some time (and many tears later) she applied to an Early Childhood Educator Program, and upon graduation used it as a stepping rung to apply to University for their Teacher’s Program.   She graduated as a Teacher from York University (very well, I might add!) in 2007 and has never looked back.

I have the above quote sitting in my office as a constant reminder that we often internalize what others say about us – perhaps doctors – or when we read about a medical condition, and then use it as a reason to not even try.  Andrew Murphy said it best when he wrote “you are confined only by the walls that you build around yourself.”

Yes, epilepsy does come with certain limitations; I clearly would never advocate for someone to try and drive while their doctor says they cannot.  What I am saying is that everyone needs to reassess what limitations they’ve built around ourselves, and which ones are safe to chip away at.  Imagine what would have been lost if my relative had of accepted what the Psychologist (and test results) said to her instead of developing a step ladder – breaking her goal into smaller steps – so that she could climb over those walls and achieve her dream.

As always, if you need ideas on how to take it one-step-at-a-time, my door is always open.


#ICYMI:  Update on Support Group Meetings

It has come to our attention that many professionals and others within Simcoe County may not be coming to some of our monthly meetings due to the fact that they think they are for clients and members only.

Thus, we’re changing our monthly meetings from Support Group Meetings to Information Sessions.  We are hopeful that this will encourage both those who have epilepsy, their families, and professionals within the community to come, learn, and share together.

There will still be Support Group meetings for our clients; Chat ‘n Chews will be held six times per year (every other month).  On the off-month between the C’nC we will have social events for clients and members who are encouraged to bring their family and friends for a fun night out.  

Our website has reflected these changes; you may view further information about Support Groups by clicking here and Information Sessions here.

Information Session, Bayfield Mall Community Room


Dana Bessette, Public Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, will be discussing what “dementia” means, the different types, the 10 Warning Signs, risk factors, diagnosis, stages, what we can all do to keep our brain healthy to lower our risk. All are welcome!

You must fill out the form to RSVP.

Social Support Group:  Upcoming Pouring Party

Support Group Social

There are only 4 spots left for the Social Support Group Puring party on Saturday, November 10th.

Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, members, their family, and friends are invited to come out and create cool resin art using acrylics, glitter, and non-toxic liquid viterous medium.  Mix, pour, and create colourful abstract art on wooden art panels.Watch a video on how pouring is done by clicking here.

Send your RSVP now to


Location:  4Cats Arts Studio, 135 Mapleview Drive West, Barrie

Cost:  $29.50 (pay at-the-door)

Child-friendly:  Yes

Online Pampered Chef Fundraiser

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From Monday, November 5th to Friday, November 26th we will be hosting a Virtual Pampered Chef Party!

Place your order online and 15% of the proceeds will go to Epilepsy Simcoe County; any additional bookings for a party (either virtual or live) $4 will be donated back to us >

While you’re flipping through the online catalogue, be sure to use the share buttons located on the right-hand side to reach this fundraiser even further through Facebook, text, and email.

Be sure that you like our Facebook page, as we will be sharing some of our favourite Pampered Chef products, as well as some giveaway information and recipes!

#ICYMI:  Gift Wrap 2019 – Volunteers Needed!


This coming December we are again partnering with Big Brothers & Big Sisters at the Georgian Mall.  This amazing event will run from December 1st up until Christmas Eve.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the following dates; we would love to have you and your family and friends join us (this is also a great way for High School Students to get their Volunteer Hours in!).

Please note that you don’t need to be a current volunteer; you do not need a Criminal Reference Check to participate).You can find out more information (and register) by clicking here.


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Train your Brain Day was a few weeks ago, and I wanted to reshare this link with you.

Many people with epilepsy suffer from some sort of memory loss, and recent research has shown that there are some ways to train your brain in order to remember events and details better.  Click here to read more.