Epilepsy Awareness Month

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month in Canada. It’s a great time for anyone with an interest in epilepsy to raise awareness, challenge myths, and help dismantle the stigma of epilepsy. You can set up an epilepsy information table at school or work to raise epilepsy awareness, tell others how epilepsy has affected your life, wear purple, or throw a third party fundraiser to support epilepsy services in our community.

Help Raise Awareness in Our Community

The more people celebrating epilepsy awareness month with DIY awareness raising activities, the greater impact we can all have together. If you’re doing something to raise awareness at school, at work, at a local business, or in the community, email info@epilepsyottawa.ca and let us know. We would love to see your photos and share them.

7-year-old Caeden and his family raise epilepsy awareness in Barrhaven.
7-year-old Caeden and his family raise epilepsy awareness in Barrhaven. (2016)
Grade 5 student Vanessa with her Epilepsy Awareness project. (2016)









Looking for ideas? Try one of these:
  • Decorate your school or office purple.
  • Host a pancake breakfast for Purple Day.
  • Set up an epilepsy information table.
  • Tell 5 people you know how epilepsy has affected your life.
  • Share your epilepsy story with us.
  • Set up a Thumbs Up for Epilepsy nail painting station.
  • Help us #ShineLightOnEpilepsy
  • Support your local epilepsy agency with a third party fundraiser.
    • Collect pledges to dye your hair purple
    • Hold a purple dress down day at your school or workplace
    • Put together a purple themed bake sale
    • Hold a walk-a-thon, read-a-thon, dance-a-thon, or a Bunny Hop.
    • We have plenty more suggestions for how you can create your own fundraiser.


Purple Day for Epilepsy

Purple Day LogoPurple Day is an International Epilepsy Awareness initiative created by Nova Scotia’s Cassidy Megan when she was 9 years old.

In June 2012, the Canadian government passed The Purple Day Act, declaring March 26 the official day for Epilepsy Awareness across Canada

Every year on March 26th, we invite you to hold a Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness event at your school or workplace.

Purple Day Celebration 2018

Sunday, March 25
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West

Grab your loved ones, your ice skates and your favourite purple clothes, then join us for our Purple Day Celebration at Ottawa City Hall.

Details at epilepsyottawa.ca/purpleday.

Purple Day 2017

Thanks to about 120 guests and event sponsor UCB, Purple Day 2017 was a huge success. Highlights included:
  • Mayor Jim Watson presenting a Purple Day proclamation
  • City Councillor Mathieu Fleury helping to launch our Shine Light on Epilepsy immersive project.
  • Other featured guests and speakers include:
    • MPP John Fraser (Ottawa South)
    • MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton)
    • Dr. Tad Fantaneanu (epilepsy specialist at the Civic)
    • Shaun Kehoe
  • Ice skating on Rink of Dreams
  • Ruby’s Cotton Candy Club with specialty flavour Purple Day Rocks!
  • Epilepsy trivia games
  • Thumbs Up for Epilepsy nail painting station
  • Shine Light on Epilepsy photo booth
  • Face painting


Purple Day 2016

Deputy Mayor Bob Monette presented Epilepsy Ottawa with a Purple Day proclamation on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa; Andrew Leslie, MP for Orléans, read Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement in support of Purple Day; we raised our flag at Ottawa City Hall; then we headed in doors for some snacks and a photo booth. Thanks to the volunteers for all your help and to the attendees for joining us! What a beautiful and fun day!

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Prime Minister statement supporting Purple Day 2016 - English

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Issued Statement in Support of Purple Day

Prime Minister Trudeau encourages “Canadians to wear purple and get talking about epilepsy: learn the facts, dispel the myths, and understand what you can do to help. It is important to know that together, we can make a difference in the health and wellness of our fellow citizens.”

Read the full statement in English or French.

Purple Day 2014

Rink of Dreams

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March 26th Around Ottawa

Carleton University Photo Booth

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Roberta Bondar & Castor Valley Schools Poster Contest