October 2018 Newsletter

From the Desk of the Executive Director

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“Why is your pumpkin purple?”

Sitting in my chair a few weeks ago, I was trying to come up with some new Initiatives to create awareness for epilepsy and for our organization as a whole.  Through my research, I found The Purple Pumpkin Project that was started in the United States several years ago.  More information about our new initiative is found below, but I am excited to see what Epilepsy Simcoe County can create with this project over the next couple of weeks (be sure to follow the new Facebook page to stay updated!).

As we continue to grow and re-develop, we’re making some great additions (as well as some changes); one of these changes is that we’ve added Information Sessions as a monthly event and we’ve changed the details of our Support Groups and what they entail.  Again, all information is below, and if there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Wishing everyone health and happiness,


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, 78 Ross Street

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Diane FitzGerald, Director of Academics and School Life at Kempenfelt Bay School will discuss how to best support students who have epilepsy through their IEP.  Both school boards have been notified of this event; if you wish a copy of the poster, please send me an email at epilepsysimcoecounty@rogers.com

Please fill out the form to RSVP.


The Purple Pumpkin Project

In September 2012, while on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family, the founder of the Purple Pumpkin Project (Ron Lamontagne) was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness.  The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since families would soon be decorating pumpkins, Ron decided to make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when they asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?

Epilepsy Simcoe County is thrilled to organize the 1st Annual Purple Pumpkin Project in our region.  It is our goal to continually increase awareness and to open up the needed conversations about Epilepsy.

While the Project will run throughout the entire month of October, we are excited to be at Rounds’s Ranch on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10am to 5pm.  Be sure to come and decorate your pumpkins (with anything and everything purple!) to continue the conversation about #EpilepsyAwareness.

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GET INVOLVED in the Purple Pumpkin Project

There are so many different ways that businesses, schools, and individuals can become involved at The Purple Pumpkin Project of Simcoe County; click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to find out how.

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).

Volunteers are needed for the following dates:

Thursday, December 6

Friday, December 7

Saturday, December 8

Sunday, December 9

Monday, December 10

Sunday, December 16

Monday, December 17

Tuesday, December 18

Wednesday, December 19

Thursday, December 20

Friday, December 21

Saturday, December 22

Sunday, December 23

Friday, December 24

If you would like to register, please send us an email with your availability at epilepsysimcoecounty@rogers.com



Ketogenic diet is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment for epilepsy. It is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet. There are different versions of the ketogenic diet available, but the basic principles are the same. Ketogenic diet therapy may be adapted for cultural diversity, allergies, and tube feeding. To find out more, please click here.

If you’re interested in trying certain meals on the Keto Diet, we want to send a shout-out to Olivia Becic at Olivia’s Freezer; this month she has some dates available where she will be showcasing Keto meals that you can make there and take home.  For those dates, as well as more information, please click here.