Ending the War With Our Bodies: Free Public Panel Discussion

PEDAW on January 05, 2015

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign in Partnership with Vancouver Public Library is proud to present Ending the War With our Bodies: How to Obtain a Positive Body Image, a free panel discussion in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

The event takes place January 31, 2015 from Noon – 1:30pm and will feature insight from a number of individuals:

Carmen Saucier has been an active member with PEDAW since January 2014. Her passion for exuding a positive body image was formed after finding recovery from her own eating disorder. She is currently a student at Simon Fraser University, and part time gymnastics coach.

CaraLynne McLean is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a B.A. from Queen’s University and Master’s Degree from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She holds contracts with Vancouver Coastal Health and Family Services of the North Shore, runs a private practice based in North Vancouver specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, and is a member of the North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Eating Disorders.

Caitlin O’Reilly holds degrees in social work and public policy and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. O’Reilly has developed an academic and professional career focused on mental health, weight stigma and eating disorders. Her current research priorities are in eating disorders treatment and reducing weight stigma in health care.

Helen Yeung is a Public Health Dietitian with Vancouver Coastal Health.  She holds a Master’s degree in public health nutrition, is a clinical instructor in the UBC Dietetics Program, and is part of the North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Disordered Eating.  Yeung helps promote healthy eating with children, youth, their families, and communities.

Victoria Maxwell, moderator for the panel, holds a BFA degree and is a self-proclaimed Bipolar Princess (BPP). For over 14 years, Maxwell has presented performances and workshops across Canada and the United States. She is a researcher with the international Collaborative Research Team on Bipolar Disorder, blogger for Psychology Today and is passionate about speaking on the lived experience of mental illness, recovery and dismantling the stigma of psychiatric disorder. 

The event takes place at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver in the Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms, Lower Level.

For more information, email pedaw@familyservices.bc.ca, or visit http://bit.ly/pedaw_vpl.

About PEDAW:

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is a BC Province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.  The initiative is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore in collaboration with Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Looking Glass Foundation, St. Paul ’s Specialized Adult Eating Disorder Program, BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses and Project True.  PEDAW is launched the first full week in February with activities and events taking place throughout the year. 


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