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With the weather warming, what better time to set a fitness goal, start training, and help keep epilepsy services going in Ottawa?


Let’s train together to motivate each other to go the distance.


Epilepsy Ottawa’s Executive Director, Nikki Porter, invites you to join her as she trains for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Staying active is important for physical and mental health, even in the best of times. It’s particularly important when we’re all spending so much time at home and living with a lot of uncertainty. Without the daily and weekly rhythms and structured time that we’re used to, it can be hard to stay motivated. By training together while we’re apart and sharing our training stories, we can motivate each other.

Nikki chose to walk the 10k because it’s farther than she’s walked at one time before, but it’s a reasonable goal to reach within 8 weeks. Anyone who wishes to join her can choose a goal based on their own fitness, comfort levels, and resources at home. Whether your goal is tied to walking, running, lifting weights, doing yoga, or another physical activity, let’s train together.

Nikki will share her training updates, and we invite you to do the same.

Like all charities, Epilepsy Ottawa is facing major fundraising challenges this year. I want to do whatever I can so we don’t lose momentum and we can continue providing our much needed services throughout 2020 and beyond. ~ Nikki Porter, Executive Director, Epilepsy Ottawa

Epilepsy Ottawa has come a long way over the last several years. The agency now provides more programs and reaches more people with epilepsy than ever before, and it’s still providing services throughout this state of emergency. However, fundraising challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic threaten to derail this momentum.

That’s why raising funds while work towards your goal is vital – whether it’s through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge or your own fitness challenge fundraiser. With your help, Epilepsy Ottawa can go the distance.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Expand Take the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in the virtual Ottawa Race Weekend SectionTake the Scotiabank Charity Challenge in the virtual Ottawa Race Weekend

Register on the Ottawa Race Weekend website and select Epilepsy Ottawa as your charity for the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

This year’s virtual Ottawa Race Weekend allows participants to do their races individually at their own pace. You can complete your event anywhere and anytime between May 15 and September 7, 2020!

Participants in the Ottawa Race Weekend will get an official race kit, including a souvenir race shirt and medal. People raising money in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge get a registration discount. Anyone that raises $500 or more in the 2020 Scotiabank Charity Challenge will receive free entry for next year’s Ottawa Race Weekend.

You can find out more about this event and the perks of the virtual race here.


Expand Launch your own fundraising challenge SectionLaunch your own fundraising challenge

1. Set a goal.

2. Set up a fundraising page.

3. Fundraise as you train to reach your goal.


  • Share your story. Why are you supporting Epilepsy Ottawa?
  • Share your training progress on social media
  • Use the hashtags #TogetherWeCan #GoTheDistance

4. Share your training progress with us and we can share it on our blog.



Expand Share your training stories with us and we'll share them with the community. SectionShare your training stories with us and we'll share them with the community.

You can check out Nikki’s training diary here.