NIED FOUNDER, PRESIDENT
Wendy was one of 25 people to receive Volunteer Toronto’s 2017 Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to the community. In 2017, she was also a recipient of York Centre’s 15 for 150 Award, and was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker – one of 150 Leading Canadians in Mental Health.
CO-FOUNDER, CLINICAL ADVISOR
She has been active in the community speaking out about Eating Disorders, facilitated groups at Sheena’s Place, and served on many committees and boards related to Eating Disorders. She has supervised numerous beginning therapists and mentored many young professionals. She has many unpublished monographs relating to the practice of psychotherapy and treatment of Eating Disorders. She is a member in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Lynne Honey Koss
CO-FOUNDER, COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Lynne has honed her marketing, administrative and leadership skills over the course of a 25-year career serving companies such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, The Hospital for Sick Children, The Career Foundation, Shropshire Communications and her own charity, Seeds For Change, that grows healthy neighbourhoods through school and community gardens.
Her work with charities has enabled her to master the intricacies involved in the direct relationship between the private and not-for-profit sectors.
B.A. (Hon.), LL.B.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC POLICY LEAD
Over the last 30 years, he has volunteered on a number of community Boards as well as national and international advisory committees, including serving as President of the Board of a community legal aid clinic in Ottawa, a member of the Quebec Education Mathematics and Science Alignment Project (QEMSAP), a member of the Advisory Council to the third Annual Canadian Science Policy Conference, and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC).
BA Arts (Economics)
STRATERGY & POLICY
Michelle has a daughter who is recovering from an Eating Disorder and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those suffering with this severe mental illness, and in the lives of those who care for them.
Michelle is a long-time community volunteer and, as a member of the federal public service’s Mental Health Speaker’s Bureau, she actively pursues opportunities to reduce the stigma around Eating Disorders through speaking to groups about the illness and ways that we can support both sufferers and those who care for them.
MA, PhD Candidate
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She loves her cats.
BA (Hons), Master of Public Policy (MPP)
As a long-time volunteer with NIED, Arielle is eager to cultivate and support and strong and active network or volunteers and advocates across the country.
B.Comm, MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate
CLINICAL ADVISORY CO-LEAD
She is a Group Facilitator at Sheena’s Place; was a member of Binge Eating Disorder Association’s Board of Directors, a national organization in the US; and was a contributor to the Weight Discrimination Stakeholders’ Group that provided direction to the White House on the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative.
Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, Leslie built her career in advertising, ultimately founding and running her own full-service agency in Toronto for 12 years.
Leslie is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Eating Disorder Association of Canada, and the International Academy of Eating Disorders.
M.S.W., B.S.W., R.S.W.
Marlene has worked with youth and adults with a range of mental health and addiction issues, has practical experience with client engagement, psychosocial assessments, counselling, case management, crisis management and group work using solution-focused brief coaching and CBT.
Her extensive network with other organizations specializing in mental illnesses, superb organizational skills and outgoing personality are incredible assets to NIED’s mission of generating awareness about Eating Disorders and propelling action and change.