News / Announcements
2021 Needs/Service Gaps Assessment
EAC has completed its Needs/Service Gaps Assessment.
For a copy of the complete report, please contact email@example.com.
EAC in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
EAC is proud to be a charity partner in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Calgary Marathon once again.
Click here to donate if you’d like to support our effort to raise $15,000.
Marathon Epilepsy Toronto presents Mindfulness Monday with Michael
Michael conducts weekly Zoom meditation sessions with varying topics. The sessions include a short talk about that week’s topic, and start at 2:30 PM MT.
“The best practice is the one for which you make the time. It’s all about showing up and being kind to yourself.”
Michael also has a YouTube channel of archived Mindfulness Monday sessions.
If you’re interested in registering, please email Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marijuana Use for Epilepsy Study
Dr. Ana Suller Marti, an epileptologist with London Health Sciences Centre in London ON is conducting a study to determine whether Canadians who are living with epilepsy are using cannabis to help manage their condition.
If you are an adult living with epilepsy (or parent/caregiver) or parents of a child/children aged 4 – 18 years who are living with epilepsy, you are eligible to participate. It is not a requirement to have used marijuana.
To participate, click here to access the survey.
Summer Activities Available
Cerebral Palsy Alberta has virtual programming set for this summer. Click here to see their schedule.
Calgary Public Library is running the Ultimate Summer Challenge with various activities for kids of all ages. It runs from June 1st to August 31st. Click here for more information.
Summer Camps in 2021
Between Friends Summer Camp
Registration opened April 28, 2021. Click here for registration page
Camp Bonaventure is available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 – 17 years old.
Campers are encouraged to challenge and develop their abilities through canoeing, sailing, swimming, arts & crafts, and many other exciting activities and adventures.
Summer camps for children with learning disabilities and/or ADHD to develop social skills. Click here for registration information.
♥ Horsemanship Program
♥ Science & Engineering
♥ Multisport & DCD
♥ Creative Expressions
♥ Adventure Day Camp
♥ Day Camp at Foothills Academy
♥ Counsellor-in-Training Program
♥ POLARIS Teen Leadership Camp
♥ Camp Amicus Online
Registration opens May 3, 2021. Click here for access to registration forms.
A structured, personalized camp experience that empowers children and youth with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities to discover their world through hands-on, enriching, choice-driven activities. Camp is open to children/youth ages 5 to 16.
CIWA Summer Camp Options
The Canadian Immigrant Women Association is offering a number of summer camps, both in-person and virtual:
♥ 4 Weeks Youth Summer Camp
♥ Civic Engagement in the Park
♥ Fun Activity Days
♥ Train the Trainer
♥ Youth Empowerment Summit
♥ Youth Mentorship Camp
For registration, call Azita at 403-263-4414, ext. 147
Offering speech therapy summer camps to build oral communication, language skills, speech sound production, literacy and social interaction skills. Click here for registration information.
Language & Literacy Camp
Ages 3 – 7 or 8 – 12
Apraxia & Motor Speech Disorders
Ages 3 – 12
Quest Adventure Camp
We offer a fun, 7-week inclusive camp experience for Campers of ALL abilities. We provide the necessary adaptations to meet the specific needs of each individual. Registration opened February 27, 2021.
Camps for Ages 6 – 19
♥ Trains, Planes & Automobiles
♥ Nature & the Great Outdoors
♥ Colour My World
♥ Amazing Animals & Insects
♥ Music & Movement
♥ All Things Sports
♥ Imagination & Discovery
Camps for Ages 10 – 19
♥ Taking Flight
EPILEPSY TORONTO EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS
Each month during the third week of the month, Epilepsy Toronto hosts three workshops dealing with employment matters. Mondays – Resumes; Tuesdays – Interviews; Thursdays – Various topics relevant to job seekers who are living with epilepsy. For more information, contact carter[at]epilepsytoronto[dot]org.
EDMONTON EPILEPSY – FAMILIES ONLINE CONVERSATIONS
The EEA is proud to launch a unique program and offer for member families, with children living with epilepsy. The Families’ Online Conversations, or FOCs, are a special pilot project, which will run between January and June 2021. A brochure for the program can be downloaded here. Future sessions are scheduled for Apr 29, May 27 and Jun 24, 2021.
EPILEPSY FRIENDS FOREVER
This program allows children and youth living with epilepsy to have fun, share, and relax with peers. The sessions are aimed at providing friendship, understanding, education and support in a creative atmosphere. Registration is required. Contact sonia[at]bcepilepsy[dot]com to register or for more information.
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ONTARIO BRAIN INSTITUTE – PRIORITY SETTING
OBI and its partners EpLink and the James Lind Alliance are organizing a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) on epilepsy to help shape the future of research on epilepsy and seizures. They are now seeking your feedback to determine what you think are priorities for the research to address. You can add your voice by taking the survey here.
Research – Helping Youths (15 – 17 yrs) Prepare to Transition to Adult Care
Transition of Care from Adolescence to Adulthood that people from Alberta can participate in. This trial is specifically designed for 15 – 17 year olds who have FASD, Epilepsy, ASD, CP or Spina
Bifida. It is a randomized control trial that involves using the MyREADY Transition App. For more information, please visit the MyREADY Transition website (https://www.myreadytransitionbbd.app/). If people are interested, they can also contact the Alberta Research Coordinator, Yomna Elshamy, at Yomna.Elshamy@ahs.ca or 780-735-6273.
EAC Volunteer Set to Run Charity Half Marathon After Recovering from COVID-19
July 17, 2020
On Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 9 am, Epilepsy Association of Calgary Volunteer Jessica Chawrun will set out on a half marathon run in support of the charity.
Jessica will be joined by three of the Association’s Board members on Saturday for a socially-distanced half marathon-length run that replaces the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
Read more here.
Epilepsy Association of Calgary Announces Appointment of New Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Laura Dickson as the new Executive Director of the Epilepsy Association of Calgary.
Laura brings over a decade of experience in leadership roles in the non-profit sector, most recently as the Director of Families and Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. Laura is also a former Executive Director at the Women in Need Society and a former Chief Operating Officer at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. She holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from Royal Roads University, as well as her ICD in Non-Profit Governance Essentials.
With Laura’s strong credentials and stellar track record of building the capacity of other non-profits, we are confident that she will take the Epilepsy Association of Calgary to new highs as we seek to become one of the leading associations in Canada.
As we begin 2020, the Epilepsy Association of Calgary will be focused on growing its programming, its partnerships with the health care system, community stakeholders and other regional epilepsy associations, as well as its overall presence in the community for the estimated 20,000+ Calgarians who are living with epilepsy.
Will you join us on this journey? You can make an impact. Click here to help.
Thank you for your interest in our agency!
Chair of the Board of Directors