FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR EATING DISORDERS (NIED).
In 2012, Wendy was driven by the severe nature of her own daughter’s illness to create an organization that was focused on raising Awareness, Understanding and Action to counter the desperate situation facing Eating Disorder individuals and their families in Canada.
Since that time, Wendy has interacted with over 10,000 people and families across Canada, and actively participated in improving public health, mental health, statistics and standards organizations’ understanding about Eating Disorders in Canada.
In recognition of Wendy’s tireless and impactful efforts, in 2017, Wendy was honoured to be named one of 150 leading Canadians who are making a difference for mental health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
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 She has many unpublished monographs relating to the practice of psychotherapy and treatment of Eating Disorders.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).
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.