Epilepsy Durham Region is pleased to announce that we are one of the recipients of the Starbucks Foundation's Neighbourhood Grants program. Neighbourhood Grants are intended to help build sustained local impact and inspire increased partner volunteerism with nonprofit organizations that work in our communities.


The very special part about this grant is that we were nominated by an amazing young woman in our community, Christine. Christine not only shared her personal experiences, but also highlighted the support we have provided to a young girl that she used to babysit as a child (you may recognize this young girl as one of our youth ambassadors, Abbie). Please read some of her kind words from her nomination below:


"Epilepsy Durham Regionhelps those in need. With epilepsy, many people cannot obtain a driver’s license so they will help those people get to appointments or help with the other needs within the community. They also provide


Alongside its Community Epilepsy Agency partners across the province, Epilepsy Ontario now has an online 50/50 raffle to support programs and services across the province, including Durham Region!


Proceeds from this online 50/50 raffle will help provide education, advocacy, information and support services to the almost 95,000 people living with epilepsy and their families in Ontario.





Please help us by purchasing your tickets here. This province-wide online 50/50 raffle will take place year


Epilepsy Durham Region Announces New Executive Director


Whitby – May 25, 2020 – It is with great pleasure that the Epilepsy Durham Region (EDR) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Chelsea Kerstens as the new Executive Director. Epilepsy Durham Region is a registered non-profit providing tailored support to strengthen individuals and their families’ ability to manage the physical, psychological and social effects of epilepsy.


Ms. Kerstens joined EDR in 2014 as the Community Outreach Associate bringing along significant experience in all client services, including epilepsy programming, advocacy, system navigation & client relations to the role of Executive Director. She is incredibly passionate about our agency’s cause, mission and values as well as the individuals and the families that we serve.

Epilepsy Durham Region will continue to



Epilepsy Durham Region Youth Ambassador, Abbie, is celebrating her 19th birthday this June and has asked for something very special this year! Every year, Abbie normally receives birthday cards from people all over, but this year she is asking that instead of her receiving cards and gifts, that people wishing to celebrate do so by making a donation to Epilepsy Durham Region.


She has even started her own Facebook Fundraising page here with this message:


"For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Epilepsy Durham Region. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal."



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**Source: Best Medicines Coalistion


April 17, 2020


In British Columbia, to support patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic, pharmacists have been given recommendations and new authority during the pandemic. See the summary below for new and existing pharmacy related supports. We encourage patients to check with their local pharmacists to inquire about their available supports.


Pharmacists are encouraged to exercise their existing authority to refill medications for patients receiving prescription medications for stable chronic conditions and existing authority provide emergency supply of needed medications. This reduces the need for a patient to visit with a physician in order to receive needed medications, the pharmacists can authorize a refill for more medications or provide an emergency supply if they have run out or need something they have been on before.


Pharmacists have been


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