March 20th, 2020


This is a message to you, those living with epilepsy, the moms and dads and family members helping you, our volunteers, ambassadors and donors;


Epilepsy Durham Region, Chelsea, our Board of Directors and I are speaking to you while we are all trying to cope through extraordinary times. This new normal sure doesn’t feel very normal, so we wanted to check in with you about what’s going on here.


The growing COVID-19 emergency is affecting all of our lives, and we want to first and foremost express our concern and support for all of you as we deal with this crisis. Like all of you, we are watching this pandemic unfold. We are unsure on the best way to proceed.


Drastic global measures to keep populations apart and slow the spread of the coronavirus could remain in place for months. That’s posing the difficult question of how long hundreds of millions of us can keep this



Consider donating to existing programs

It is important to remember in times like this the epilepsy does not stop for COVID-19, and neither do our services. Consider donating to one of our existing charitable gifts to ensure we are able to continue to support our vulnerable population through this difficult time:


Because We Care | Hospital Stay Packages

With the gift of a Because We Care package, you will provide a family with essential items (and a couple of items just for fun) to make a hospital stay more manageable for both a child undergoing treatment and their families, ensuring they can focus on what is most important – their medical care.


Epilepsy Durham Region will do our best to provide current COVID-19 updates and resources to help individuals and families through this overwhelming time. 


Ontario COVID-19 Assessment Centres - Ontario Health Coalition

Public Health Services – Government of Canada

Ontario COVID – 19 Resource – Province of


Epilepsy Durham Region is excited about celebrating Epilepsy Awareness month, and you may be wondering about upcoming scheduled events with the news surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of this announcement, several events have been postponed and our office will be official closed to the public until April 5th, aligning with the Ontario School Boards.

While the risk of becoming infected remains low, we are following the cautionary advice of the Province’s Chief Medical Officer, through its dedicated website on COVID-19, which is updated twice daily.

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection whose symptoms include fever, cough, or breathing difficulty. At this point in time, there is no treatment for this


Epilepsy Durham Region is excited to announce that National Epilepsy Awareness Month is recognized across all 8 municipalities of Durham Region. Please see the proclamations below:


City of Oshawa

City of Pickering

Municipality of Claringtonunicipality of


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