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Proclaim and Celebrate March 26th as Purple Day!
Left to right: Lisa Newhook, Bill Newhook, Purple Day Ambassador
The Atkins family celebrate Purple Day with Mount
Pearl Senior High!
MHA Kevin Pollard, Information Officer Gina
Hartmann and Executive Director Gail Dempsey.
Front row, left to right: Jack Harris, MP, Cassie
Singleton, Purple Day
Gail Dempsey, Executive Director Epilepsy NL &
Ambassador, Back: Susan Ryder, Information Officer Epilepsy NL,
of CEA wearing Purple shoe laces!
Gail Dempsey, Executive Director Epilepsy NL & President of
Above: Jack Harris, MP presents the proclamation
Cassie Singleton, Purple Day Ambassador
Above (Left to
Right): Cassie Singleton, Purple Day Ambassador,
Mayor Otto Goulding, Town of Pasadena
Information Officer Epilepsy NL
and Dan Bobbett, Mayor of Paradise
proclaiming Purple Day with Tim Spicer
Purple Day 2015 In The House Of Assembly
rise today in this hon. House to recognize Purple Day for Epilepsy in
Newfoundland & Labrador. Purple Day presents an important
opportunity to raise awareness, and reduce social stigma experienced by
individuals who are affected by this condition.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world.
It affects over 300,000 Canadians and more than 10,000 people here in
Newfoundland and Labrador. Approximately one in every twenty-six people
is expected to develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
recently I was fortunate to hear the story of one creative young man who
is raising awareness and fundraising for this cause in his community.
Evan Newhook is an innovative and artistic nine-year-old boy living in
Dildo. When he learned that his mother was diagnosed with epilepsy, he
wanted to take action. Evan is an avid reader with a passion for art,
which is how he came up with the idea to create his own bookmarks and
sell them. All of the money he collects will be donated Epilepsy
Newfoundland & Labrador. Evan has also motivated his school,
Woodland Elementary, as well as employees of the TC Square Mall in
Carbonear, to wear purple on this day. Evan's passion for this cause is
truly inspiring and it has earned him his title as official Purple Day
Ambassador this year.
Evan's dedication is also echoed by the members of Epilepsy Newfoundland
& Labrador, some of whom are joining us in the gallery today. For
decades, their organization has provided support and information about
epilepsy to individuals and families in our Province.
"We are very happy to stand here today and talk about epilepsy.
Myself, the leader of the Oppositions, all of the caucus, and many
members on all sides of this House are happy to wear purple today to
show our support and help raise awareness about epilepsy. It is
important to raise awareness because of how it affects those living
with epilepsy, and their family and friends. We have about 10,
in our province today with epilepsy. This is a huge
portion. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder and
there is no known cure yet.
I am urging everyone today to get behind Purple Day and to help people
understand epilepsy better and the people who live with it.
Hopefully, one day, through research, we will better understand it and a cure will be found."
- Andrew Parsons, MHA
"I , too am very happy and pleased to be standing here today wearing
purple in solidarity with those living with epilepsy and their
With 10,000 people in the province affected, it is obvious many of us
have been touched by epilepsy in some manner, either within
our families or sometimes even in organizations we are a part of.
I congratulate Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador on the work
they do in that regard. Today, I do encourage people not only to
wear purple in support, but to also take the time to become more
aware of the issues surrounding the condition and to learn the appropriate first aid for seizures."
- Lorraine Michael, MHA