H.O.P.E. Awards
H.O.P.E. Awards

H.O.P.E. Awards

The H.O.P.E. Award stands for Helping Out People with Epilepsy

This award is given to individuals or organizations that have done outstanding work to support people living with epilepsy; have spearheaded advancements in epilepsy care or have led groundbreaking research in epilepsy.

In 2021, a  H.O.P.E. Award was presented to Michael Alex at our Virtual Purple Walk Celebration Ceremony, on June 19.

Micheal Alex smiles while holding a glass trophy

Michael Alex has volunteered his time, his expertise, and his resources, to bring yoga and mindfulness to Epilepsy Toronto. He started with a weekly session in the back room at the Epilepsy Toronto office and then in the spring of 2020, when the world was turned upside down by the Corona Virus Pandemic, he quickly transitioned to offering his services virtually at a time when they were perhaps most needed. During a year where few things were for certain and all of us faced extreme challenges, Micheal was a bright light who created a safe space of solace and fostered a sense of community for many members of Epilepsy Toronto. He has also helped out with programs for teens, webinars and at our family retreat. He has certainly made a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy in our community and we are so grateful to have him as part of our Epilepsy Toronto family.

Past Recipients:

The 2019 H.O.P.E. Awards were given out at our Annual Epilepsy Conference on May 25th, 2019

The 2019 recipients were:

It is rare to find a busy medical professional as involved in grassroots community initiatives as Dr. Taufik Valiante: always willing and ready to share in a support group or workshop; on Purple Day, he is there at UHN, raising awareness; for Purple Walk, he shows up with his research team; for fundraising events like BuskerFest and the Amari Soiree, he will spin the wheel and donate. For this, and for the depth of humanity he brings to his practice – the warmth and care he gives each of his patients, we celebrate him with a H.O.P.E. award.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is a law firm that is raising the bar when it comes to providing exceptional support to their employees with epilepsy. They have not only made the accommodations needed, but they have also taken steps to educate their staff and have gotten involved in fundraising efforts for Epilepsy Toronto. We wish all employers would follow their lead!

2018

Dr. O Carter Snead is a driving force in the Canadian epilepsy community, highly respected for his world-renowned surgical practice and ground breaking research in childhood epilepsy.  Today, Dr. Snead is being recognized for his outstanding leadership toward furthering epilepsy care in Ontario, and establishing Provincial guidelines for the management of epilepsy that are now widely recognized as the standard of excellence, world-wide.

The Ontario Brain Institute is a non-for-profit research centre seeking to mazimize the impact of neuroscinece and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization and care. Today the OBI is being recognized for the work they have done to advance epilepsy research in Ontario.

Stephanie Holbik, Operations Manager for OBI accepted the H.O.P.E. award on their behalf.
Andrea and Tristan Thompson accepting a H.O.P.E. award in 2017

2017 :

Dr Lila Georgevich
Kay Leslie
Thompson family

2015:

Anita Allen
Accessibility Directorate
Kelly Hammond
Scotiabank

2014:

McKenzie Financial Charitable Foundation
Dravet.ca
Dr Danielle Andrade

2013

Dr Karl Farcnik
Whitney Goulstone
The Dillon Family
Global Toronto
Ontario Trillium Foundation

2012:

Nina Politzer
Epilepsy Classroom, Sick Kids
Metro News
The Toronto Star

2011

Irene Elliot
CTV
Toronto Police Services
Tim Nourse

2010

Denis Morrice
Diana Findlay
Elizabeth donner
Kathryn Hum
Sarah Hysenaj

2009

Cadillac Fairview
Maria Terry
Patricia Stevenson
Dr Joseph Bruni
Cassidy Megan
BMO Financial Group
Patricia Davis

2006

Kathryn Cooper
Raymond Leung
Guida Clozza
Loblaws