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About The Gala

The Purple Day Gala is our signature fundraiser, and it provides significant financial resources to improve the lives of people living with epilepsy, their families, and their communities. Our annual event presents an opporunity to network with more than 300 leaders in the Corporate, Healthcare, Volunteer and Philanthropic Communities while enjoying a culinary feast and exciting entertainment.

About EAM

The Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes (EAM) is a registered Canadian charity that supports individuals living with epilepsy in the Maritimes. Formed in 1980, EAM serves adults and children with epilepsy, their families, friends and the community at large. We seek to promote a better understanding of this common neurological condition through information sessions and education to schools, employers, and any community group requesting. We host regular support groups, PACES, peer-to-peer matching and guidance to promote personal health and well-being for persons living with epilepsy, their families and caregivers. EAM offers scholarships and bursaries each year to students living with epilepsy, and we encourage all to apply. Since incorporation, EAM has grown from a group meeting in a church basement to a professional office in the Bayers Road Business Center on Bayers Road in Halifax. Client services have increased, and education, recreation, and vital volunteer programs are constantly being developed. Purple Day activities and other events throughout the year promote advocacy, awareness and support by fundraising. Our Value Statements - All people touched by epilepsy are important to us at EAM. We welcome them with respect, compassion and enthusiasm. - A person’s life should not be defined or unnecessarily limited by epilepsy. We support individuals towards independent and fulfilled lives. - As long as people with epilepsy need us, we must exist. As the needs change, we respond.

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Cassidy Megan, a member of the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes, founded Purple Day in 2008 at age 8. Motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy, Cassidy’s goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths, reduce stigma and let those living with epilepsy know that they are not alone. Purple Day is celebrated on March 26th each year, on every continent and in over 70 countries. In 2009 Cassidy Megan, The Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes and the New York based Anita Kaufmann Foundation joined forces to launch Purple Day internationally. As the global sponsors of Purple Day, both organizations and Cassidy are committed to partnering with individuals and organizations around the world to promote epilepsy awareness. The combined efforts of Cassidy Megan, AKF and EAM have lead to the involvement of numerous organizations, schools, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. On Purple Day, people around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. On June 28, 2012, the Canadian Government passed the Purple Day Act, making March 26th officially Purple Day in Canada.

Every day, 42 people are newly diagnosed with epilepsy in Canada. Currently, there is no cure. It is thought that at least 0.6% of the Canadian population is affected; 60% are children and the elderly. In Nova Scotia alone, there are roughly 15,000 people suffering from epilepsy. This is probably an understatement due to stigma and discrimination associated with having epilepsy. One of the core missions of the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes is to perform education and outreach support to improve the lives of Maritimers with epilepsy by educating schools, employers, first responders and caregivers about the disorder. The majority of our funding for these activities comes from fundraising initiatives.

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For many years, the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes has been recognizing outstanding volunteers who have gone the extra mile in supporting epilepsy awareness in the region. The Cassidy Megan Award is presented annually at the Purple Day Gala in March to recognize outstanding commitment to raising epilepsy awareness. Individuals or organizations can nominate a worthy individual or individuals can nominate themselves for the award.

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"Purple Day is a chance for the world to come together and show those living with epilepsy know that they are not alone. Supporting the Purple Day Gala and EAM is a chance for you to make a difference in the lives of people living with epilepsy and help make the world a safer and kinder place"

~ Cassidy Megan, Founder of Purple Day

The 2024 Committee

  • Cassidy Megan
    Founder of Purple Day
  • Jennifer Myers
    Executive Director EAM
  • Angela McCarthy
    Fundraising Chair
  • Scott Ferguson
    EAM President
  • Angela McCarthy
    EAM Vice President
  • Greg White
    EAM Vice President
  • Odette MacLeod
  • Sarah Westhaver
  • Elizabeth Ballie
  • Jordan Thomey
  • Zana Fares
  • Scott Ferguson
  • Cathy Ryan
  • Valerie Sharpe
  • Brandon Crowe
  • Ryan Leblanc
  • Jamie Masse
  • Sarah Ross

Past Sponsors

Thank you to each one of our sponsors for making these events happen.


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If you have any questions you can reach us with the contact information below

Event Location

The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis St,
Halifax, NS B3H 2P6


If you are booking a room at the Westin Nova Scotian, ask for the Purple Day Gala with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia block of rooms to get a discounted rate.

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