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)





#Iam1in100 campaign photo

Looking for ideas? Try one of these:

  • Participate in the #Iam1in100 campaign to help expand the representation of what it means to live with epilepsy.
  • Book a Seizure Smart presentation for your school or workplace.
  • Decorate a door, window, or bulletin board at your workplace or school to celebrate and raise epilepsy awareness.
  • Stop by the Ottawa sign on March 1 or March 26 to see it lit purple for Purple Day and share your photos of the Nation’s Capital celebrating epilepsy awareness using #EpilepsyAwareness on either day, and on March 26 #PurpleDay2023. (Tip: the purple illumination of the sign is easier to see after sunset)
  • 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
    • Launch a Facebook 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 2023

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Purple Day 2022

Purple Day Celebration 2019

Purple Day 2018

Purple Day 2017

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