Executive Director – Nikki Porter, PhD
Shortly after completing her PhD in Communication Studies, Nikki Porter began working in the epilepsy not-for-profit sector. Nikki had a dual role at Epilepsy Support Centre as Public Education Coordinator for Windsor, Ontario and Communications Liaison for Southwestern Ontario. As Public Education Coordinator, Nikki fostered a community of individuals and families living with epilepsy while building partnerships with local neurologists, like-minded community organizations, and other stakeholders. Her work as Communications Liaison included integrating educational material into the agency’s Purple Day for Epilepsy activities, rebranding the agency, and involvement in regional, provincial, and national campaigns.
For the last few years, she has worked for Epilepsy Ontario as Project Manager on the Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project From Isolation to Inclusion, which is tasked with building the capacity of community epilepsy agencies across the province. She is also an editor of Epilepsy Ontario’s blog in The Huffington Post Canada and wrote the July 2014 column Let’s Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy.
Although Nikki did not have a personal connection to epilepsy prior to working at Epilepsy Support Centre, her experiences at epilepsy organizations have made this personal. She is committed to supporting individuals and families living with epilepsy, and working to break down barriers that inhibit their full participation in our communities.