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TELUS Friendly Future Foundation Donates $20,000.00 to Epilepsy South Central Ontario for a Children and Youth Summer Empowerment Experience

June 29, 2022

Funding will help empower children and youth with epilepsy who feel isolated and face depression and anxiety. With about 60 participants, over 200 people will be positively impacted by the program

Mississauga, Ontario, June 29, 2022  – TELUS Friendly Future Foundation® has donated $20,000.00 to contribute towards Epilepsy South Central Ontario’s Children and Youth Summer Empowerment Experience which is dedicated to support children and youth with epilepsy through summer camp experiences and leadership opportunities they may otherwise be denied.

“We are addressing children and youth with epilepsy who often face depression and anxiety, living an isolated life preventing them from achieving their full potential, often unemployed or underemployed, relying on disability and other assistance. By providing them with confidence building programs and activities, we aim to improve their overall success in life” says Cynthia Milburn, CEO of the Charity

This amount will contribute to, which will allow Epilepsy South Central Ontario to impact at least 200 people throughout the length of the program and beyond. 

“We’ve heard from our charity partners about the challenges children and youth with epilepsy face every day,” says Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. “We are honoured to be able to support Epilepsy South Central Ontario with a donation of $20,000 from the TELUS Greater Toronto Area Community Board. We are so appreciative of the work Epilepsy South Central Ontario is doing to help empower children and youth with epilepsy in their community.”

For more information on Epilepsy South Central Ontario and the $20,000.00 donation, please visit www.epilepsysco.org , and for more information on TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit    friendlyfuture.com.

Epilepsy South Central Ontario is a non-profit charitable organization that provides education, information, and support to families and individuals and enhances the quality of life for those living with seizure disorders. Established in 2008, Epilepsy South Central Ontario works to increase public awareness and encourages understanding within our vast and diverse community. Our vision is to eliminate barriers within the community and uphold a high standard of positive race relations (BIPOC) and outlook while striving to ensure Sunny Days Camp, the Youth Empowerment Program, Seniors Programs, Counseling and Support services are accessible to all.

For additional information please visit www.epilepsysco.org

About TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

Founded in 2018, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is an independent registered charity. Our mission is to help connect youth to a world of opportunities by supporting Canadian organizations that offer health, education or technology programs. We have provided more than $24 million in grants to community-based, provincial, territorial and national charities that help at-risk youth thrive in a digital world. TELUS Friendly Future Foundation alongside our 13 TELUS Community Boards, provides millions of dollars to more than 500 charities across Canada every year.

$491,700 OTF Grant Gives Epilepsy South Central Ontario for Clinic-to-Community Program

June 20, 2022

Mississauga Ontario – In 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Epilepsy South Central Ontario (ESCO) received $491,700, a three year GROW Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to deliver the proven program Clinic to Community which will provide newly diagnosed families with the essential information and community support

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation has strengthened ESCO’s ability to provide families within the epilepsy community the support they need. By implementing additional educational resources and minimizing unnecessary emergency room visits, ESCO can continue to have a positive impact on people living with epilepsy all while reducing the burden of care for both our healthcare institutions and frontline workers,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga Lakeshore.

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant has helped us to keep up with the financial objectives of ESCO as we are able to support families” said Cynthia Milburn, CEO of Epilepsy South Central Ontario. “In addition, this grant will allow us to build capacity through all the various ways of communicating with the epilepsy community and being available to them as demand has increased”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

 

Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:

Trevor Gordon, Media & Government Relations

Epilepsy South Central Ontario

905 450 1900 x 206

trevor@epilepsysco.org

 

 

The Epilepsy Ontario 2022 Scholarships are now open. The deadline is July 8th, 2022.

May 26, 2022

Are you a student with Epilepsy who is enrolled or is about to be enrolled in a post-secondary education program this September? Then congratulations, you are already well on your way to beating the odds. Only one in three people with disabilities earn a post-secondary degree in Canada.

If you have Epilepsy and you are pursuing a post-secondary education anywhere in Ontario, you are eligible for one of four $1,500 scholarships. You could become a member of our Scholarship community of past winners like Melanie Jeffrey, who has since gone on to become a member of the Board of Directors of Epilepsy Ontario and has become a passionate advocate for Epilepsy awareness.

CLICK HERE FOR 2022 Application

Sunny Days Camp Update

April 27, 2022

Epilepsy South Central Ontario’s Sunny Days Camp is a weekly day camp for children living with epilepsy and their siblings aged 5-14 years.

Sunny Days Camp provides a safe and fun way to engage and promote friendships, build self-esteem, learn basic life skills while at the same time encouraging teamwork and developing leadership skills.

After a Sunny Days Camp experience, teachers have observed that these children start the new school year with enthusiasm and increased self-esteem – it’s an opportunity to continue their learning outside of the traditional classroom environment.

The dates for Sunny Days Camp 2022 are as follows:
• Tuesday to Thursday for 6 weeks in Mississauga/Brampton – July 12 – August 18
• Tuesday to Thursday for 3 weeks in Kitchener/Waterloo – August 2 – August 18

With Covid restrictions easing, Epilepsy South Central Ontario is awaiting confirmation of our camp base location in Kitchener/Waterloo. However, we are taking registration forms to secure places.

Epilepsy South Central Ontario makes the camp accessible for all by making it affordable. Sunny Days Camp is run solely on donations and grants.

You can also help support the ongoing operation of the camp by donating.

Contact camp@epilepsysco.org to learn more about Sunny Days Camp or to request a registration.

$121,200 OTF Grant Gives Epilepsy South Central Ontario a Rebuild Plan

April 25, 2022

Mississauga Ontario – In 2022, Epilepsy South Central Ontario (ESCO) received a $121,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 over the next 12 months by hiring expertise and upgrading technology for fund development, facilitation of staff training, digital transformation, and increased organizational social impact.

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation will ultimately strengthen ESCO’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, thereby enhancing ESCO’s ability to have a positive impact on people living with epilepsy and reduce the burden of care for institutions and health care professionals,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga Lakeshore.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will allow us to meet or exceed the financial objectives of ESCO in 2022 by developing an annual and 3-year strategic plan to diversify fundraising streams and identify new opportunities, such as social enterprises and private-public partnerships,” said Cynthia Milburn, CEO of Epilepsy South Central Ontario. “In addition, this grant will allow us to build capacity by educating our board members and staff on fundraising best practices and conduct quarterly workshops within this 12 month grant period.”

Please visit the website at: www.epilepsysco.org

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

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Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Trevor Gordon, Media & Government Relations
Epilepsy South Central Ontario
905 450 1900 x 206
trevor@epilepsysco.org