And so we Face the Beginning of a New Decade…


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Hello everyone,


At the end of each year I, as I’m sure many of you do, take a some time throughout this hectic Holiday Season and reflect, “What have I done? Have I done enough?” Those a very big questions to ask. I know that we all try  hard to make a positive impact for ourselves and our families.  I’ve come to realize that by the mere fact that we take the time to ask those questions, we are making an impact.


Chelsea and I have had a whirlwind of a year; we celebrated the first anniversary of our Clinic to Community Epilepsy Clinic, with two Epileptologists accepting referrals from our agency.  To see this initiative come to fruition is a testament to the many donors investing in our vision and standing alongside us to make sure it is and continues to be a success.


Just last week, after a year long campaign, we donated 1900 Epilepsy Durham Region Lora the Lavender Labrador Comfort Charity Dogs to First Responders in our community.  It is much more than offering a plush toy to First Responders, it provided Chelsea and I an opportunity to connect personally with front-line staff who often meet our clients before we do.  We explained the challenges of what living with epilepsy could mean and helped them to understand what the appropriate response protocol could look like and informed them about our new Epilepsy Clinic and than help is near by.


As we welcome the new decade, we look forward to what lies ahead for ourselves, Epilepsy Durham Region and many of you.  We are stronger as an agency due to the kindness of many – our  Volunteers, Ambassadors, Donors and You, people living with Epilepsy. Please, connect with us and know that you are not alone on this journey. 


Chelsea and I send you the warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May peace, and prosperity follow you always.




Dianne McKenzie

CEO Epilepsy Durham Region

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