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About Us

Our Vision

Recovery from eating disorders for Every Body. 

Our Mission

As a leader driving change, Body Brave is a charity providing accessible eating disorder treatment and support, as well as advancing community training and education.

WE VALUE

COMMUNITY
PERSON-CENTRED
COMPASSION
COURAGE

Our Story

Lived experience is at the core of everything we do.

Body Brave was founded by mother-daughter duo Sonia Kumar-Seguin and Dr. Karen Trollope.  In her late teens and early twenties, Sonia struggled with a severe eating disorder. Karen and Sonia quickly discovered the immense barriers that exist for those navigating the healthcare system in search of help. Everything from stigma, long-waitlists, lack of healthcare provider support and training as well as a lack of eating disorder awareness or funding. Karen became a caregiver of Sonia but was often left in the dark, without coping tools or concrete information. 

Sonia was lucky enough to able to access treatment and finally recover, however, she lost almost a decade of her life. Sonia and Karen decided to found Body Brave in hopes that no one would have to go through what they did. They soon found that their experiences were not unique. The Body Brave community has grown quickly and is a thriving beacon of hope for people struggling with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. What matters most is understanding what people need to help them break free from an eating disorder. We are always listening, co-designing and learning from the voices of people who have struggled with eating disorders as well as their families. 

August 2017

BODY BRAVE WAS FOUNDED
August 2017

January 2018

FIRST ED ORGANIZATION TO OFFER VIRTUAL TREATMENT IN CANADA
January 2018

October 2019

RAN A FIRST OF ITS KIND VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, BODY PEACE
October 2019

March 2020

PIVOTED TO FULLY VIRTUAL TREATMENT IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS
March 2020

September 2020

ONE OF SEVEN ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS CANADA TO WIN THE PRIORITY HEALTH CHALLENGE FOR AN INNOVATIVE E-PLATFORM
September 2020

October 2020

SECOND BODY PEACE CONFERENCE ATTRACTS OVER 400 PEOPLE
October 2020

December 2020

OFFERED SERVICES TO OVER 600 PEOPLE DURING THE PANDEMIC DESPITE A SMALL TEAM AND BUDGET
December 2020

This is what recovery for every body means:

person-centred, compassionate care for anyone struggling with or at risk for an eating disorder.

We are achieving this by:

Treating
People

Providing treatment and support to people struggling and their carers. Learning and listening to lived experience.

Training Providers

Providing training for healthcare providers and others to enable early intervention and diagnosis. 

Educating Communities

Educating the public to break down stigma, increase support and create safer spaces of healing.

Body Brave was 1 of 7 to win the Canada Priority Health Innovation Challenge Award in 2020 

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Our Supporters

Without your support, our work wouldn't be possible.

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