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Epilepsy Awareness Month sparking a social-media frenzy

March 21, 2019

By Deron Hamel Businesses and municipalities across Ontario are getting involved with Epilepsy Awareness Month, and Trevor Gordon is promoting their activities, encouraging dialogue about epilepsy and prompting people to help spread the word about a condition that affects one in every 100 Canadians. Trevor, Epilepsy Ontario’s manager of social media platforms, says he’s seeing…

‘Nothing is impossible.’ Singer’s quote resonates with student living with epilepsy

December 5, 2018

By Deron Hamel Sarah McKenzie-Kerr has one career goal: to work with children. It’s a goal she’s now pursuing, thanks in part to inspiration from a famous singer who, like Sarah, is living with epilepsy. Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who gained worldwide notoriety after performing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables on Britain’s…

Student’s message to others: epilepsy does not define who you are

November 15, 2018

By Deron Hamel If you are living with epilepsy, the condition should not define the person you are, says Olivia Tomchick. To persevere in life, you need to kick your fears to the curb and pursue your dreams, says the 19-year-old. With this idea in mind, Olivia keeps pursuing her interests and doing the things…

Student says a career as a paramedic will help her educate others about epilepsy

October 18, 2018

By Deron Hamel Rebekah Pregent has a knack for helping others and educating people about epilepsy whenever possible. It’s fitting that she’s studying to become a paramedic, a career that will enable her to put her passions to work. When applying for an Osler Epilepsy Scholarship this year, Rebekah was asked to write about a…