Meet our Mentors

Collette

I’m a creative communications professional who was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley but I now call Halifax home. After years struggling with eating disorders, I began to write about my recovery journey and have shared and contributed to websites dedicated to inspiring hope such as RecoveryWarriors.com. I became a peer mentor as I hope to use my experiences to help others share their stories and find their voice through recovery. I believe that connection and hope are vital parts of recovery.

I love podcasts, poetry, singing car karaoke and exploring the outdoors. My goal someday is to create a published collection of poetry that highlights healing, resiliency, and strength through recovery.

Danielle

Hi, I'm Danielle and I live in Truro. After battling Anorexia Nervosa throughout my late teens and early 20s, I've discovered that a strong support system is a backbone of my recovery. I am passionate about the work EDNS does with the support groups (in-person and online) for that very reason, and am proud to be a part of it. I am a yoga instructor (the breath is everything, you guys!), a horse and dog mom, and I love going for Sunday drives.

Laura

Hi! I'm Laura, I've been a peer mentor with EDNS since 2015. I moved to Halifax from Ottawa fresh out of high school in 2008 to study textiles and fashion at NSCAD. After going through my own struggle with anorexia and learning first hand how difficult it can be to build a support system, I wanted to do something to empower others and let them know that they are not alone. Since graduating from NSCAD, I have studied holistic nutrition, aromatherapy, and Reiki. I'm inspired by the body, mind, spirit connection and how it plays a role in recovery. I'm all about connecting my mentees with tools and resources that work best for them to find their own unique journey to wellbeing, whatever that may look like.

Meaghan

Born and raised in Antigonish, I made the short move to Halifax in 2014 to attend Dalhousie University for a BSc in Medical Sciences. Having struggled with my eating disorder in a small town, I had felt in many ways unsupported due to the minimal resources for eating disorders available in Nova Scotia’s rural communities. I have become involved with EDNS because I don’t want anyone else to feel that they are alone in their journey, as eating disorders thrive in silence. When I’m not studying, you can find me volunteering, running, doing yoga, & watching Netflix.

Melanie

Having struggled with chronic dieting, binge eating and bulimia for 7 years throughout high school and university, Melanie recognized a gap in support for people living with weight preoccupation and compulsive overeating. As part of her recovery, she developed “The Diet Stops Here”, a 10-week peer support and education program for people experiencing binge eating, compulsive overeating, and chronic dieting.

She credits her recovery to a number of strategies and coping techniques that used together, led to a life free from diets, weight preoccupation, binge eating, low self-esteem and poor body image.

Melanie has been recovered for 25 years and currently works as a Wellness Program Specialist with Halifax Police and a wellness workshop facilitator with Morneau Shepell.

Samantha

After many years of battling Bulimia Nervosa, I am now maintaining recovery. I recently completed my Bachelor of Social Work degree and hope to work in a pediatric eating disorders setting in the future. My My hobbies include practicing yoga, watching every documentary available on Netflix, and petting dogs that I see on my walks around Halifax.

Interested in receiving or learning more about individual peer support? Contact Eating Disorders Nova Scotia at info@eatingdisordersns.ca or call 902-229-8436.

We gratefully acknowledge the support form the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and the Medavie Health Foundation that made this work possible.