Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to really become involved with the organization since she began volunteering Fall 2017, becoming a Volunteer Coordinator in January 2018. Having had her own personal experiences with eating disorders, she recognizes the importance of the work EDSNA is doing, and is excited to be involved in a greater capacity.
Lauren is a MacEwan University graduate, having completed her undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology and a focus on Eating Disorders. Increasing awareness of Eating Disorders in diverse populations, including late onset disorders, diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, and those affecting the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, is something she is especially passionate about.
Lauren also loves cooking, gardening, and exploring the world. To contact Lauren, email: Lauren@EDSNA.ca
Amanda started with EDSNA in December 2018 by attending group support sessions. She began volunteering in February of 2019 during Eating Disorders Awareness Week and fell in love with both EDSNA and the work they do. After having experienced an eating disorder, Amanda hopes that her work with EDSNA will help to mitigate both the stigma and assumptions that surround eating disorders.
Currently, Amanda is taking her Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Throughout her life, Amanda has felt a strong connection to education and believes that lifelong learning is necessary for personal growth. She also received her bilingual certificate in June of 2018 and speaks both French and English fluently. Amanda also loves her cat and adventuring around Edmonton.
To contact Amanda, email: Amanda@EDSNA.ca
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Angie started with EDSNA in the summer of 2021. Having her own lived experience with eating
disorders, she was excited about the mission and priorities set out by EDSNA. Previously, Angie
has worked as both a news reporter and a news anchor in various cities across Alberta and
Saskatchewan. In her free time, Angie is a big fan of Edmonton sports teams, including the Elks and the Oilers.
She also loves playing soccer. Angie has a big family, lovingly known as the Mellen Patch. She
loves spending time with her family, including her nieces and nephews. Angie also really enjoys
baking and cooking.
To contact Angie, email: email@example.com
Jessica began with EDSNA in October 2020. Her passion to support others stems from her personal experience with eating disorders and mental health. Through the volunteer coordinator role, she hopes to be able to connect with like-minded individuals who would like to make a positive difference and provide opportunities to do so.
Aside from being the volunteer coordinator for EDSNA, Jessica is also an active volunteer with three other organizations in which she plays different leadership roles. She is a graduate of the NAIT Disaster and Emergency Management program and is currently supporting provincial operations in Emergency Management on a full-time basis. Additionally, Jessica is pursuing the University of Alberta’s collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (2nd year) on the Red Deer College c
ampus, with hopes of becoming a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor. Aside from her busy schedule, she loves doing yoga, horseback riding/show jumping, running her two small businesses, and anything else creative!
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Stephanie is a chemical engineer, a lover of soccer (and all things sports), and an avid baker. She is a born and raised Calgarian who enjoys going to the mountains year round and exploring the city. After her own experience with an eating disorder, she’s excited to be a part of the EDSNA team where she can help build a community that provides support and reassurance to others who are navigating their recovery. Stephanie is currently working towards switching into a career in medicine, and is looking forward to working with patients and their families on a daily basis.
Jeannette Castillo is a Food & Nutrition Technologist as well as a fitness enthusiast. She holds a Food & Nutrition Management diploma from SAIT. Over the past 20 years she has worked as a dietary tech with Alberta Health Services and comes from a research & development background where she worked with food manufacturers. She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta and started her own practice part-time and has mentored nutrition students. Jeannette is a 14-year cancer survivor and is an ambassador for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada where she provides support and hope to patients and their families who have been touched by blood cancer throughout North America.