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.

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, they have taken steps to educate their staff and have gotten involved in fund raising efforts for Epilepsy Toronto. We wish all employers would follow their lead!

Past Recipients:


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


Anita Allen
Accessibility Directorate
Kelly Hammond


McKenzie Financial Charitable Foundation
Dr Danielle Andrade


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


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


Irene Elliot
Toronto Police Services
Tim Nourse


Denis Morrice
Diana Findlay
Elizabeth donner
Kathryn Hum
Sarah Hysenaj


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


Kathryn Cooper
Raymond Leung
Guida Clozza