Shaleen Jones and Michelle Hébert Boyd
Staff Changes at EDNS
As September ends, so does Michelle Hébert Boyd's time with EDNS. In October, Shaleen Jones returns as Executive Director. Shaleen is one of the original founders of the group that became Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, and has worked extensively in mental health, non-profit leadership, and as a peer support champion. Welcome back, Shaleen!
What we do
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (EDNS) is a community based organization that offers peer support for individuals with eating disorders, and for their families, friends and partners.
In addition we provide:
- Education for caregivers, clinicians, school staff and others
- Assistance navigating the mental health system
- Advocacy for the prevention, treatment and support of eating disorders
Programs are free of charge, and do not require a referral or diagnosis.
How we got started
In 1998 a group of women who had recovered from eating disorders created the Eating Disorders Action Group (EDAG) which offered peer support, education workshops, and advocacy for people suffering from eating disorders until it lost its core funding. In 2010, the work being done by EDAG became the Eating Disorders Project under the umbrella of the Self Help Connection, a provincial organization with the infrastructure required to build and sustain this critical work. The next few years were spent building capacity in the areas of peer support programs and education and in 2014 Eating Disorders Nova Scotia was launched.
Our team includes our Executive Director, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, facilitators who lead our peer support groups, mentors who provide one-on-one peer support, our Community of Practice Mentors, and our Board of Directors.
Shaleen was the past Executive Director of Peer Support Canada. Shaleen is passionate about recovery and the transformative power of peer support. She has worked in the fields of peer support and mental health for over 20 years, holding leadership positions with peer led organization such as the BC Eating Disorders Association, Laing House, and Eating Disorders NS. Shaleen was one of the first people trained to provide peer support for those with eating disorders, and is a Certified Peer Supporter.