Meet our Mentors

Our Mentors draw on their own experience with recovery to support others. Mentors have completed peer support training, passed the exam, and adhere to the National Standards for Peer Support.

Interested in becoming a Mentor? Learn more.

PEER SUPPORT MENTOR

Abby L

My name is Abby. I’m a Halifax kid who’s got a great passion for traveling. I’ve explored Europe and Australia and I’m keen to continue my adventures :) Music has always been very important to me and I’m always down for song suggestions! I have a passion for helping others and hope to make a career out of it one day - I became a Peer Mentor to be able to give the help I wish I would have had when I was struggling as well as support others as much as I can through their recovery. I am excited to meet you and be a part of your journey!

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Andréa

Hi, I’m Andréa and I live in Halifax. I connected with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia through my own work of coaching individuals to make peace with food, and I’m now thrilled to be an official part of the team as a Peer Mentor. After having struggled with binge eating, bulimia and restricting throughout my university years, I later found myself wanting to give back and use my experience in a positive way to support others. I’m now in the process of upgrading my education with a Masters of Counselling in order to support a wider range of individuals in the future. In my free time I love hanging out with my family, spending time in nature, or enjoying a day at the beach. In my day-to-day life I’m always trying to find a balance between online and offline living, having big dreams yet moving step by step, and spending time with those I love but not neglecting myself. I’m loving the process of growing and learning more and more as life moves by.

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Catherine M

Hello I’m Catherine. I love cats, the smell of old books, all forms of creative expression (I’m partial to watercolours and glitter right now), and spending as much time in nature as possible. I also enjoy thrift shopping and get very excited when someone leaves good stuff out on garbage day. Once upon a time I was a theatre artist, and I can still craft you a mean party costume from just about anything. Curious to know more about eating disorders and the recovery process, I returned to university for a degree in Applied Psychology, which I hope to pursue at the graduate level. I credit my own recovery from bulimia to a mixture of true grit, painting through many emotions, a yoga practice that reconnected my mind-body-spirit, finding a sense of community, and learning to trust my own inner voice again. To everyone on the recovery path: know that no matter how long the eating disorder has been there, or how hopeless it feels in the moment, full recovery is absolutely possible for you. I would also like to follow your cats on social media.

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Chasity

Hi, I’m Chasity and I was born and raised in a small fishing village on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. I developed anorexia in grade twelve and although I physically recovered shortly after, I continued to struggle mentally for years. Personally accessing and benefitting from Eating Disorders Nova Scotia’s programs, along with therapy, has recently helped me further my own recovery. Connecting with others who understand has been key in my recovery and overall well-being. I’m now happy to provide the same type of support to others in my role as a peer mentor. I have an MA in English and Creative Writing, studied in France, and taught in South Korea. I’m now a teacher in Halifax. My hobbies include traveling, writing, reading, listening to podcasts, walking, yoga, baking and cooking, collecting crystals, and reading tarot and oracle cards. I also have a pet hedgehog.

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Dustin

Hi, my name is Dustin, and I’m a 47-year old married man (he/him) with 3 kids in Dartmouth. I’ve been a stay-at-home parent since 2005, but I’m also a former IT professional; a jazz saxophonist by trade and by training; a wannabe journalist; an avid podcast listener; an unapologetic social justice warrior; and an eager landscaper, carpenter, gardener, and cook. Like many people who have suffered from childhood trauma, I’ve also long been interested in the field of psychotherapy. I first began binge-eating at age 9, evolving into a 30-year cycle of bingeing and crash dieting. I have been in recovery from Binge-Eating Disorder since approximately 2017. After Peer Support through Eating Disorders Nova Scotia and therapy, I finally learned how to comfort and calm myself without food. My attitude and thought patterns about food, eating and my own self-image are healthier and more grounded than they’ve ever been in my life, and I’m deeply motivated to try to help others like me find their own personal version of the path that I’ve found

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Emily C

Hey! My name is Emily Chaytor and I am a 21-year old female. I attend Dalhousie University studying Neuroscience and live in Halifax. I struggled with atypical anorexia and have been in recovery for over four years! I enjoy warm days on the beach and empowering spin classes at Spinco. I chose to become a mentor because helping others is my passion, and helping with eating disorders is near and dear to my heart.

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Emily S

Hi, my name is Emily and I am from Halifax. I connected with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia as a volunteer in Fall of 2019 and immediately felt connected to their goals and values as an organization. After struggling with disordered eating for many years, I chose to become a peer mentor as I realize how valuable having someone to talk who understood could have been for me. I hope to now be able to provide that support to others. I have a degree in Psychology and have recently returned to school to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, taking on a health at every size and anti-diet approach to nutrition. I love dogs and have two of my own who I am rarely spotted without! You can find us hiking or on the trails in our spare time.

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Lee T

Hi, I’m Lee! I’m a nonbinary queer person currently living in New Brunswick. I chose to become a peer mentor with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia because when I was struggling with my own eating disorder I often felt isolated, ashamed, and crazy. Talking to other people with their own eating disorders was the first step in realizing I wasn’t alone, and of the reasons I love being a peer mentor is being able to share that gift of “you’re not alone”-ness with others. To me, that’s community. With Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, you’ll usually find me facilitating groups or moderating the online chat. Outside of Eating Disorder Nova Scotia, you’ll usually find me updating my dog’s Instagram.

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Sydney

Hey I’m Sydney. Originally from Toronto, I moved to Halifax to study at the University of King’s College in 2017. I love listening to podcasts and going for long walks, trying to cook new recipes, and reading everything I can get my hands on. For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with negative body image and disordered eating behaviours. For the past few years I’ve been steadily improving my relationship to my self, body, and food, which I credit to years of therapy and learning about the anti-diet movement. I became a peer mentor to be the person I needed when I was struggling and felt totally alone.

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Delaine

Delaine is a facilitator, trainer, and lifelong learner. She is a sensitive and inquisitive community enthusiast, with a special interest in all sorts of movement practices that alleviate anxiety, aid in healing, and help folks get back into their bodies in the context of trauma recovery and beyond. Her workshops place a focus on developing the mind/body connection by helping participants draw connections, identify patterns, and see the bigger picture. She wants to support mentees in finding lasting approaches that bring them vitality, joy, and make them feel like they’re in the driver’s seat in their day-to-day life. Her recent areas of interest are around body image, trauma-informed eating disorder treatment, and coping with body change in the context of pregnancy and postpartum.

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Samantha

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

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Nicole

Hello! My name is Nicole (she/her). I am 25 years old, a queer Latina, and currently living in Toronto, Ontario with my two beautiful pugs! I like to spend my time reading, watching scary movies, and volunteering. I struggled with disordered eating for many years, and it wasn’t until I found the right support and connected with those with lived experience that I discovered new ways of thriving. It was almost like I was meeting myself again – both a terrifying and beautiful experience and continues to be. I try to remember that being hard on myself isn’t my default and that it takes time to cultivate trust, kindness, and meaning, and connection can really be a catalyst to all of it. I am looking forward to meeting you where you are at in your own journey, to hear about your own unique challenges, to celebrate every success, and/or to just simply be there.

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Abbey M

Hi everyone!

My name is Abbey (she/her). I am 21 years old and am currently in my fourth year at Acadia University studying psychology. I decided to become a peer mentor to help others in ways that I did not receive help myself a few years ago. Peer mentor work is powerful and creates a safe and validating space for people to share their stories. Outside of my academic and peer mentor involvement, I enjoy doing yoga and going for walks! I just truly love everything about nature in general. It is so calming. I also like to cook and bake in my spare time, although I do admit that I’m not very good at it – it all usually ends up being burnt. It’s fun though. Above all, I cannot wait to connect with you and listen to your story. We are all in this together!

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Kathryn F

Well, howdy! My name is Kathryn. I’m a 30-year old queer non-binary person from a small town in rural, south shore, Nova Scotia (yes that was as fun as it sounds). During my own journey, it was only when I met someone like me who was willing to share their experience and listen with kindness to mine, that I really made headway into recovery. I believe that sometimes a supportive ear really is the best medicine in the world, and everyone should be able to find a kind ear or two along the way to their own recovery. During my off time from working as a health professional in research, I can be found knitting, attempting to learn how to weave and dye fabric, examining plants in the wild on long walks, reading, listening to a variety of music and podcasts, learning new fermentation recipes (shout out to kimchi for being one of the best foods of all time), and pretending that I’m good at baking bread.

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Emily G

Emily loves to read, write, sew, and knit (when her cat will let her). She wishes she’d had a peer mentor during her own recovery and is excited to be there for others in that capacity.

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Sally

Sally Wolchyn-Raab is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer and arts administrator based in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). She is a queer woman of Ashkenazi/settler descent and works as the Artistic Director of Eyelevel Artist Run Centre and is an MFA candidate at Memorial University of Newfounland. Her work brings together contemporary visual art with community development and social justice. In her MFA she is researching how queer and intersectional feminist contemporary art practices can empower us to change our relationships with food away from trauma and towards collective care.

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Alicia

Hi! I’m Alicia (she/her) and I live in Beaverbank, Nova Scotia. I’m 51, retired after 30 years as a Physiotherpist. I am married with a blended family, of 4 adult children and two grandchildren.

My favourite color is “sparkly”. I love all things crafty and creative: knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, leather craft. My husband and I love wine, food and entertaining. My favourite way to move is Zumba! I also love cycling, hiking and yoga.

My journey with Anorexia/Bulimia Nervosa began 23 years ago. There have been relapses and recoveries; my journey was definitely not a straight line. I decided to become involved with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia because I want to help others find the compassion and self-acceptance that took me so long to find for myself.

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Sarah C

My name is Sarah and I am in my mid twenties. I go to school and I want to become an addictions counsellor. I am a huge mental health advocate that has been through it and came out of the other side. I want to be able to show people how mental health is important and bring awareness to things that I wish I knew when I was struggling. I love to make people laugh and I am a cat mom, she lives in luxury, and plant mom, sometimes not a good plant mom but we’re learning.

Taking care of yourself is productivity.

Thoughts are not facts.

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Jo

Hi, my name is Jo. I’m from China and have lived in Nova Scotia for about four years. I’m a psychology undergraduate and wish to further my education in social work or psychotherapy, working to promote mental health awareness and provide support to people in need. I developed bulimia and binge-eating when I was in high school, and have struggled with food and body image for many years. I navigated through my recovery journey mostly on my own. I was proud of myself for doing that, but also felt a bit alone and disconnected. I joined Eating Disorder Nova Scotia and became a peer mentor because this would be the kind of support I wish I had when I was struggling. I want to be there for people in their recovery. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and swimming, but also love to stay home watching tv shows and anime and listening to my favourite music.

If you are interested in learning more about individual peer support, contact
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia.