In order to meet the needs of our community, we expanded our front-line program and services delivery in 2022 and require funding to sustain the increase in 2023 and beyond. The increase this year doubled our front-line staff, but it will still not be enough to provide the necessary counselling, support, and advocacy to more than 30,000 people living in Calgary and Southern Alberta with an epilepsy diagnosis, and their families.
Our front-line Counsellor and Educators provide direct, one-on-one care and support, free of charge, to anyone affected by epilepsy, regardless of where they are on their epilepsy journey. Stigma is a powerful deterrent for people seeking help, and we aim to remove all barriers to care. Many of the people we serve are in the vulnerable population and an epilepsy diagnosis can lead to common to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Without prompt and proper care, these overwhelming factors can cause low quality of life and early death.
Our Mission is to connect and support those living with or impacted by epilepsy and improve their independence, quality of life, and community participation. With your support, we can continue to grow our programs and services, increase the number of people in Calgary and Southern Alberta living well with epilepsy, and create a community where everyone impacted by epilepsy can thrive.
Thank you for considering Epilepsy Association of Calgary for your generous support.