The Team

Eating Disorder Nova Scotia’s work is made possible by our dedicated team of staff, Peer Mentors and volunteers, along with our board of directors and advisory board.

Shaleen Jones
(she/her)

Shaleen Jones

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shaleen Jones has been an advocate, organizer, supporter, and all-round rabble rouser in the field of eating disorders for over twenty-five years, holding leadership positions with community organization such as the BC Eating Disorders Association, Laing House, Peer Support Canada, and CMHA National.

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Debra Wells-Hopey
(she/her)

Debra Wells-Hopey

PROGRAM MANAGER

As Programs Manager with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, Debra leads the development and delivery of the organization’s suite of programs. She provides supervision to a team of Peer Support coordinators and works to offer the highest quality support programs based on data, research and community input.

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Scott Ellis
(he/him)

Scott Ellis

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Scott is a community-oriented leader with years of experience working in communities around Nova Scotia to improve the lives of others. He is passionate about ensuring that every Nova Scotian has access to the support they need to recover from an eating disorder no matter where they reside.

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Nikki Olguin
(she/her)

Nikki Olguin

YOUTH PEER SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Nikki (she/her) is currently completing her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree at Dalhousie University. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Social Service Worker Diploma from George Brown College.

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Jaime Delaney
(she/her)

Jaime Delaney

NAVIGATION COORDINATOR AND PEER MENTOR

Jaime (she/her) is an excited learner and passionate mental health advocate. Growing up seeing the impacts of mental health and illness around her, as well as having her own experiences of anxiety and eating disorders through young adulthood, propelled her interest in an education and career path.

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Myla
(he/him)

Myla

TWO-SPIRIT, TRANS, NON-BINARY PEER SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Myla is an Asian trans man based out of Vancouver, BC with a passion for equitable queer and trans mental healthcare. His own experiences of depression and eating disorders as a young adult have solidified an interest in supporting and exploring gender transition and cultural identity in eating disorder treatment.

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Aman Gill
(they/them)

Aman Gill

TWO-SPIRIT, TRANS, NON-BINARY PEER SUPPORT COORDINATOR

Aman Gill, a proud BIPOC non-binary individual from Toronto, boasts a diverse educational background, including Psychology, Sexual Studies, and Fitness. Their true passions encompass fashion, music, and nature. Aman, drawing from their personal journey with an eating disorder, serves as a valuable trans, non-binary, and 2-spirit Peer Mentor, offering empathy and guidance to those seeking recovery and self- empowerment.

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Daphne Wornovitzky
(she/her)

Daphne Wornovitzky

PEER MENTOR

Daphne is passionate about challenging weight stigma, stigma regarding mental health and addictions and intergenerational trauma. Her Jewish and Mexican background have inspired her interest in working with folks who have experienced complex trauma and eating disorders.

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Rania ElSouri
(she/her)

Rania ElSouri

PSYCHOLOGIST

Rania has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and brings eight years of experience as a Clinical Therapist, supporting folks dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating/eating disorders. She has also personally experienced and recovered from an eating disorder.

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Breanne Hopkins
(she/her)

Breanne Hopkins

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Breanne is an Anti-Diet Registered Dietitian from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Mount St. Vincent University with a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition in 2012, she began her career in Windsor, Ontario working in a community-based health agency as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator primarily with the adult population.

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Kathryn Fraser
(they/them, she/her)

Kathryn Fraser

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Kathryn is a queer, non-binary dietitian originally from a small town in South Shore Nova Scotia who now lives in Halifax. They are a Registered Dietitian with a BSc in Nutrition from Acadia University and a MSc in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University.

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Nicole Otto
(she/her)

Nicole Otto

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Nicole Otto (BSc, BSc FN, RD) has been a Registered Dietitian for over seven years. Nicky worked primarily in an intensive outpatient eating disorders service in Ontario before moving to the East Coast.

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Board of Directors

Collette Deschenes

CHAIR

Meaghan Norris

VICE-CHAIR

Hannah Bailley

SECRETARY

Cara Pfeffer

TREASURER

Anne Marie Coolen

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Becca Bishop

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Clarisse Nga Fouda

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Jennifer Li

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Jim Armour

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Ruth Shelton

MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Advisory Board

Dr. Marriam Abou-El-Haj

Dr. Hali Bauld