Purple Day

pd01Purple Day, March 26th, was started in 2008 by a little girl in Nova Scotia called Cassidy who wanted her friends to know what it really meant for her to live with epilepsy. A child’s dream of sharing her story has turned into a recognized, global movement to raise awareness for epilepsy on March 26th. Visit www.purpleday.org to get more information about her initiative. March 26th is now official Purple Day in Canada thanks to the passage of a federal private members bill supported by all parties in Parliament last year. This year people from all parts of Canada will be wearing purple and working to educate the community about epilepsy: a condition that affects 1 in 100 Canadians but is still very misunderstood by the public. Individuals and groups in our community are working with Epilepsy Toronto to plan events that will help bring better public awareness about the facts and realities of epilepsy. You can show your support by wearing a bit of purple on March 26th.  

Purple Day 2020 Events

Purple is for Epilepsy! This year for Purple Day, we are encouraging all of Toronto to wear purple, take a photo and share it online, with the hashtag #PurpleDay; whether it be at school, work or within your community. Through this awareness, we will be able to break down stigma, and reach more people across the GTA who may be in need of our help.  Here are some of the events planned for this year:

March 25

Rexdale Community Hub Lobby 

In partnership with Rexdale Women’s Centre

21 Panorama Court Etobicoke

10am – 2:00pm – open to the public

March 26 – PURPLE DAY!

Scarborough Health Network General Hospital

3050 Lawrence Avenue East – March 26th

Presentation on epilepsy and seizure first aid for the general public: 12:00 – 1:00

Global Community Resource Centre Ground Floor, Tower Lobby

Information Display with games to test your epilepsy knowledge and hear stories about living with epilepsy: 1:30-3:30 pm

West Wing, Ground Floor Across from Information Booth

George Brown College

Purple Day tables with games, prizes and epilepsy information

St James Campus 10-12, 1-3

Waterfront campus 11-1

Open to public though directed at the campus population.


SickKids Hospital

In the Atrium

details to come


We are encouraging you to host your own Purple Day events and share your photos with us online @epilepsytoronto. If you need any materials such as bookmarks and ribbons, or you would like us to list your event here, please email mackenzie@epilepsytoronto.org.