Shawna Bailey, Executive Director

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I want to make a difference in people’s lives. People are often afraid of what they don’t know, and I want to help bridge that gap.


Graduating from Laurentian University in early 2000, Shawna Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Minor in Sociology, and a certificate in Family Life Studies.

Intrigued by children and disorders, Shawna worked as a Therapist  for children with Autism using Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) for thirteen years.  In 2004, she became a Behavioural Consultant and travelled throughout Ontario creating and presenting seminars to teachers, parents, and other health professionals.  With a continuing strong interest in human behaviour and motivation, Shawna switched gears in 2013 and became an entrepreneur in Marketing and Communications.

In early 2006, Shawna’s infant daughter was diagnosed with having Absence Seizures.  While her daughter outgrew the seizures, Shawna quickly became aware of the gap between diagnosis and education.

Shawna has been the Executive Director of Epilepsy Simcoe County (ESC) since April 2018, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, and since February 2021 has been the Marketing & Communications Officer for the Fund Developers Network in Simcoe County. Shawna is certified by the Mental Health Commissions of Canada with certification in Mental Health First Aid, and she also holds a certificate in C-SSRS Training (The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale). Shawna is the creator and developer of the Gals That Give Caregiver Support Program, which helps caregivers avoid fatigue and burnout so that they can continue to support their warriors with epilepsy.

Shawna has been a native to Barrie since 1984; she has been married since 2001 and has two children, three dogs, one cat, and a ton of goldfish.

Shawna is always looking for bigger and better ways to make a mark; A researcher by nature, she brings with her an eagerness to find ways to bridge the gap between awareness and education of epilepsy within Simcoe County.

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