April – Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation’s is dedicating the Month of April to raising awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage the public in expanding their understanding of Parkinson’s, and the profound effects it has on the lives of over 110,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s.

Light up Canada for World Parkinson’s Day

The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation’s “Light up Canada for World Parkinson’s Day” campaign on April 11 is an effort to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and ways to make lives better for people with PD. Several cities across the country will light up buildings, bridges, towers and waterfalls in red to acknowledge this important day.

Some of the landmarks include Mississauga City Hall, the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Canada Place Sails of Light on Vancouver’s waterfront, and more.

If it is safe to do so, take a photo of a building below and post it on social media using #passionforparkinsons and #canadastandswithparkinsons

These are the Provinces, Cities, Sites and Dates

Click or Tap to Expand / Collapse

Lethbridge City Hall11
Red DeerCity Hall11
Sylvan LakeLighthouse11
CalgaryCalgary Tower5
EdmontonLight the Bridge22
Vancouver City Hall11
Vancouver Burrard Street Bridge11
Vancouver Sails of Flight11
Vancouver BC Place11
Vancouver Convention Centre11
CoquitlamCity Hall11
CoquitlamFoundation at Lafarge Lake11
RBCConvention Centre11
WinnipegCity Hall 11
WinnipegEsplanade Riel Bridge 11
SelkirkWater Tower14
FrederictonCity Hall1 and 2nd
BathurstWaterfront Tower11
MonctonDowning Street11
MonctonDowntown Place11
HalifaxGovernment House 11
BramptonTower City Hall 11
BellvilleBellville Sign26 – 30th
BellvilleBridge26 – 30th
BellvilleFire Station26 – 30th
Fort Erie Peace Bridge 11
Hamilton City Hall 11
KingstonCity Hall 11
KingstonSpringer Square Market11
KingstonFort Henry 11
LondonLondon City Hall11
LondonJA Taylor Building – Wellington and Dundas11
LondonCanada Life11
LondonRBC Place London11
LondonSifton Properties -Dufferin 11
MississaugaCity Hall 5.11
MississaugaPort Credit Lighthouse11
Niagara FallsThe Falls – 10:45 pm11
PeterboroughCity Hall 11
TorontoCN Tower11
MontrealThe Olympic Park 11
Moose JawCity Hall Tower Clock11
SaskatoonSaskatel Centre11

Sit-to-Stand Challenge

On April 11, World Parkinson’s Day, Rick Suvanto will organize a Sit-To-Stand Challenge. Location TBD.

The Foundation  will be joining Rick and other supporters of the Parkinson community and others around the world for a worldwide Sit-to-Stand Challenge.

Why sit-to-stands? Sitting and standing is something we all do each day. For people with Parkinson’s, balance can be something that is lost over time. Sit-to-stands recruit and engage stability muscles which can increase mobility, independence and improve balance.

Our  goal is to complete 100,000 sit-to-stands representing the number of people living with Parkinson’s disease in the Canada.

Let’s make this April 11th World Parkinson’s Day the day where we are seen and heard and let people know the reality of living with Parkinson’s. 

For more information email: tamara@passionforparkinsons.org


Passion for Parkinson’s  has submitted requests to municipalities throughout Canada for the issue of proclamations to acknowledge  April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. A proclamation is an official declaration issued by an authority in government. 

Here is a list of the authorities that have issued proclamations for 2024:

Halifax, NS
Premier of Nova Scotia

Spread Awareness

This can be as simple as sharing one of our social media posts, or a picture of yourself attending a program or the Light Up Canada event on , April 11. Attend our by sharing on social media, you help us reach more people and spread more awareness about this important month!