People are dying on waitlists. Isn’t it time we spoke up? Join Body Brave in sending letters to Canadian politicians to demand support for community-based treatment so that people can access the care they so urgently need.
Our live virtual kick-off event happened on July 8th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST to DEMAND CHANGE. Featuring three incredible panelists speaking about their own lived experiences and how to push for change. See the video below!
Alicia Pinelli, RSW, has been involved in the field of mental health as long as they can remember, first as a service user and currently as both a researcher and service provider. Their professional and academic work has targeted towards the intersection of gender identity and mental health, with a focus on transgender and non-binary individuals’ experiences within the eating disorder sector. Alicia holds a Masters of Social Work from McMaster University, an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from York University, and is a Graduate Certificate in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Mohawk College and works from Queer and Feminist Theoretical Frameworks.
With a background in public health, public policy, and mental health, Tierra Hohn (B. PAPM, MPH, RYT) has set her focus on helping others. Tierra uses her personal experience with eating disorders to advocate, create awareness, and support others who continue to deal with these dreadful illnesses. In 2011, Tierra started an initiative known as Untouched Beauty. This initiative has allowed her to organize and facilitate workshops and discussions around body image and mental health, with the purpose of eliminating stigma and educating and empowering young people. In 2015, Tierra published her honours research thesis where she conducted a pilot study examining the impact of media literacy programs on the body image of adolescent girls.
Today, Tierra works in the field of healthcare and she is a yoga instructor specializing in Baptiste Power Yoga – simply because it makes her feel powerful.
Wendy is the passionate voice and driving force behind NIED. Driven by the severity of her daughter’s illness, Wendy established NIED in 2012 to create awareness, understanding and action to counter the desperate situation facing people with Eating Disorders and their families
Wendy was one of 25 people to receive Volunteer Toronto’s 2017 Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to the community. In the same year, she also received York Centre’s 15 for 150 Canada Awards and was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker – one of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.