Purple Day Comes to Cumberland County
Warden Al Gillis signed a proclamation yesterday declaring Tuesday, March 26 as Purple Day in the Municipality of Cumberland.
Purple Day is an internationally recognized day to show support for and increase awareness of epilepsy.
Gillis says, “It is important to support Purple Day to reduce the stigma of having epilepsy and increase understanding in our everyday actions.”
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions estimated to affect more than 50 million people worldwide and over 300,000 in Canada alone.
Purple Day was founded by 8-year old Cassidy Megan in 2008. Since then, it has grown both nationally and internationally, now recognized in over 85 countries.
Municipal Councillors shared their support by wearing purple ribbons during the council meeting last night.
The Warden said, “I encourage everyone to participate in Purple Day next Tuesday.”
For further information on Epilepsy visit www.epilepsyns.org.
Council members pictured below include back row left to right: Councillor Marlon Chase, Warden Al Gillis, Deputy Warden Joe van Vulpen. Front row left to right: Councillors Michael McLellan, Ernie Gilbert, Norman Rafuse, Don Fletcher, Dan Rector, Lynne Welton, and Paul Porter.