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Support. Care. Knowledge.

Support

We provide personal and family consultations, workshops and information sessions, group support sessions, and specialized exercise classes.

Care

Our professional staff offer a wide variety of services to clients at all stages of the lifecycle, from children to seniors, and their loved ones.

Knowledge

We welcome calls for information and assistance - connecting with schools, workplaces and the community.

Upcoming Programs/Workshops

Mark Your Calendars:

 

Food and Nutrition Series - email Deirdre to register for any of the dates listed below: 

CANCELLED due to weather - February 11, 2019 Local celebrity Chef Michael Williams will lead us through making a nutritious slow cooker meal. A slow cooker is provided to each participant free of charge.  We will share the meal together at the end of the night. From 6:30 – 8:00pm here at HeadWay. Check out the article on the February nutrition series in Country Grocer’s Friends and Family MagazineFee: $25/person

Note: no one will be denied access based on inability to pay. HeadWay is an inclusive organization and we encourage everyone to participate.

February 18, 2019.  Join us and help us celebrate Family Day with an evening of potluck deliciousness! Bring your family and your favourite dish and enjoy the great food and awesome company. From 6-8pm here at HeadWay 
Fee: Free!

February 25, 2019. Join us to learn food budgeting tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of your hard earned dollars!  From 6 – 8:00pm here at HeadWay. Fee: Free!


Education

Feb. 21, 2019  Dr. Sare Akdag  - Space is Limited - register now! 
6:30-8:30pm Dr. Sare Akdag’s continues the discussion on Cognition and Learning in Children with Epilepsy. Register early as it sold out quickly last time.  Contact Deirdre to reserve your spot. Fee: $25/person, however no one will be denied access based on inability to pay. HeadWay is an inclusive organization and we encourage everyone to participate.

March 4, 2019 Dr. Rob Sealey: The Cannabis Conversation 
Location: Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Young Building, Gibson Auditorium.
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m

Many of our clients have tried cannabis or hemp products such as CBD oil in an effort to decrease seizures, but they do so with limited objective information. We are thrilled that Dr. Sealey is coming to help us sort it all out. “A typical presentation includes a description of the endocannabinoid system, history and evidence behind medical cannabis, potential therapeutic indications, dosages, administration, side effects, and contradictions” (drsealey.com)

RSVP: Please email epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list if you are interested in attending this presentation and let us know if you have specific questions you would like to ask Dr. Sealey.


Social

March 23/24, 2019. Join us at Peacock Billiards for a charity pool tournament during this weekend that was organized by one of our members! Details to come...


Programs

BCALM’s Art of Living Mindfully Program

BCALM’s Art of Living Mindfully Program is now accepting referrals for the HeadWay group. If you are interested in attending but do not yet have a doctor’s referral, please get it in straight-a-way!  And please make sure it is the referral form marked “HeadWay”. This allows our clients to attend a great program without having to sit on BCALM’s regular waitlist.

This program will likely be scheduled for Thursday afternoons once we have 15-18 participants who have completed their referrals.

“This 8 week course provides participants with a firm grounding in mindfulness based strategies useful in navigating stress and in recognizing patterns of thought, speech and behavior that may be contributing to stress and suffering. Home meditation practice is a major component of this course in order to embody concepts learned in class and to then apply them into life. Exercises focusing upon mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy complement the meditation practice and allow participants to further explore key concepts of inquiry, acceptance, non-attachment, compassion, loving kindness and non judgement” (BCALM website). Please email epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list if you are interested in attending this program.


Call for stories! We want to publish your stories.  I have spoken to so many amazing individuals who have inspiring stories.  If you are open to share your stories in our newsletter or for our Purple Day campaign, please get in touch with me (Deirdre).


OUTREACH AND EDUCATION! I have been very busy recently speaking to a number of organizations about epilepsy. These are targeted presentations which help an organization – whether that be a business who employs someone with epilepsy, a school that has students with epilepsy, or any organization working with someone who has epilepsy -  arm itself with the knowledge and support needed to best serve their employees, students, or clients.

If you know of an organization that would benefit from some seizure education and support, please let Deirdre know.  We are always happy to spread the word!


Services Across the Island

We are now offering a number of services, such as peer groups, up island for any individuals who live with any form of epilepsy.  If you are interested in meeting others in your area, please let me know at epilepsy@vepc.bc.ca or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list. 

Personal one-to-one consultations and education programs will now be offered once a month in a variety of communities up island.  It you are interested in meeting with me personally, or if you have an organization at which you would like me to speak, please send me a message at epilepsy@vecp.bc.ca . or call 250-475-6677 to get on the list