When Marion Gordon saw the article in the Observer about the Purple Day photo contest, she knew just the picture to send.
The BC Epilepsy Society held a photo contest where they asked the public to submit their best photos in six categories, all with the theme: What Does Epilepsy look like to You?
For Gordon, it was simple. As an organizing member of the Quesnel Gold Pan Roses Red Hat Society, which emphasizes the wearing of red and purple, she simply left out the red accents and donned her purple finery. To add to the effect, Gordon was holding a plate of purple potatoes, beets, onions and cabbage, all harvested from her own garden.
After submitting her entry, Gordon then announced to her Red Hat Society women that March 26 was Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness and they all should dress in purple, meet at Spirit Square and go for lunch.
Although Gordon is a consummate volunteer with many activities she regularly supports and participates in, including Quesnel Kidney Foundation, Quesnel Seniors’ Centre, Fall Fair, Garden Club, Arts Council and the 2007 Volunteer City of the Year, epilepsy awareness is of special importance to her.
“I have a family member who has had seizures,” she said.
“It’s very serious as you never really have much of any warning. It’s important to me to promote this.”
Gordon was thrilled when she found out she’d won one of the six gift certificate prizes.