Epilepsy Durham Region (EDR) is a registered, not-for-profit health organization incorporated in 1987. This agency is dedicated to strengthening clients' and families' ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of epilepsy. We are governed by a Board of Directors comprising of business leaders and client representatives and is a proud member of the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance.
It is estimated that there are 300,000 people with epilepsy living in Canada, 30% of whom struggle daily with profound social and economical challenges.. We are funded through individual donations from the general public; receive restricted grant support from provincial government, foundations, private industry and raise funds through various fund raising initiatives.
Services commonly provided by EDR include one-on-one support services, (including crisis intervention, support and social programming), advocacy, employment, social skill and human rights support for individuals living with epilepsy, their siblings, youth, adults and seniors. By uniting our efforts locally, we ensure that more than 36,000 people living with epilepsy in Durham Region are better able to participate in all life experiences; promote independence, quality of life, full community participation, and improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society.
It is the aim of epilepsy community agencies coast to coast to empower Canadians to understand epilepsy and to take a lead in making their community a more accessible and accepting place to live. Eventually, this will translate into open doors, and meaningful support.
We are committed to promoting independence and optimal quality of life for individuals living with epilepsy and their families, through support, advocacy, and public education.
Vision: Creating a world where not another moment is lost to a seizure.
These serve as guidelines for our conduct and behaviour as we work towards our mission:
- Caring and empathic
- Integrity and honesty
- Efficient and cost effective management
Why is Lavender the Flower for Epilepsy?
The lavender flower is traditionally associated with solitude – symbolizing the feelings of isolation and seclusion. Individuals touched by epilepsy often face loneliness and withdrawal from society. Your community will change the face of epilepsy through caring and empathy. Please help us make that change and embrace lavender as flower of hope and empathy.