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Voices of Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario stories to open discussions

April 5, 2012

News program an exciting avenue for people to share stories: EO executive director Deron Hamel If you ask Epilepsy Ontario executive director Rozalyn Werner-Arcé what the most exciting aspect of the organization’s new online news program is, her answer is straightforward: “We’re providing a way for people with epilepsy to tell their stories.” Through the…

Video to train police on seizure disorders

March 29, 2012

Police officer with epilepsy helping create video to ensure unfortunate incident never happens again Deron Hamel Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer Marcel Allen and the OPS Professional Development Centre are developing a training video about seizure disorders to educate law enforcement officials to help ensure an incident that happened to Allen a year and a…

Ottawa police honouring Purple Day for first time

March 21, 2012

Incident involving an officer with epilepsy was the catalyst for raising awareness within police force Deron Hamel On Aug. 8, 2010, Marcel Allen, an off-duty officer with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), was driving his children to their home in Pembroke, Ont. when he had an epileptic seizure in front of Parliament Hill. He characterizes…

Epilepsy community moves provincial strategy a step forward

March 13, 2012

Epilepsy Action Day successfully creates buy-in from MPPs Deron Hamel Melanie Jeffrey says the recent Epilepsy Action Day held at Queen’s Park proved to be a valuable step forward in creating a provincial epilepsy strategy. Jeffrey, a member of the epilepsy community and outspoken advocate for epilepsy awareness, says the best thing that could come…