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  • March 26, 2012

A Private Members Bill Introduced to make

March 26th of every year Epilepsy Awareness Day

Dr. Helena Jaczek introduces a Private Members Bill that proclaims March 26th of Epilepsy Awareness Day.

March is Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time where people make an effort to learn more about what epilepsy is, dispel the myths, and look at what can be done to help those with epilepsy.

Proclaiming March 26th of every year Epilepsy Awareness Day would further Ontario’s efforts in bringing a better understanding to this disorder.



“Proclaiming March 26th of every year Epilepsy Awareness Day would help to bring greater understanding to this seizure disorder in turn helping individuals with epilepsy to minimize the stigma and misconceptions they may face both at work and in social situations.”

-Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“The official recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Day by the Government of Ontario is a start on the way to overcome the unnecessary stigma and discrimination that is associated with epilepsy and the beginning toward inclusion and acceptance of those with this condition.”

-Margaret Maye, President and Found of Epilepsy Cure Initiative

“Thanks to the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee’s recommendations for an Ontario Epilepsy Strategy, and the Ontario Brain Institute grant for epilepsy research, we can now imagine a province where those with epilepsy suffer less, are able to access treatment and support more easily, and where epilepsy is no longer a barrier to living a full and productive life.”

-Rozalyn Werner-Arcé, Executive Director, Epilepsy Ontario



  • ·Epilepsy is a seizure disorder, brought on by sudden bursts of electrical energy in a persons brain.
  • ·250,000 Ontarians are directly affected by epilepsy
  • ·12% of Ontario’s population are indirectly affected by the disorder; 14 million people



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