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What is EDSNA?

The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a non-profit organization and a registered charity dedicated to providing meaningful support to those affected– directly and indirectly– by eating disorders.  Our grassroots organization was founded by Moyra McAllister, whose daughter developed an eating disorder. Moyra’s personal experience inspired a desire to support others. 

EDSNA provides information, guidance, a provincial voice, a community hub and most of all, support. We offer professionally-facilitated support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online. Thanks to ongoing funding, we are able to offer these groups at a very low cost to the participants and can even waive fees if people are experiencing financial difficulty.

EDSNA promotes awareness about eating disorders by hosting Eating Disorders Awareness Week February 1-7,  giving presentations to various groups throughout the year, and strengthening relationships between community partners and treatment professionals to create a more effective voice for eating disorders.​

EDSNA serves all of Alberta, but is primarily located in Edmonton.

EDSNA is located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich Amisk (Alberta), and our home city, Amiskwaciy-wâskahikan or Beaver Hill House (Edmonton).

Our Vision

No one in Alberta faces an eating disorder alone.

Our Mission

To support and educate Albertans impacted by eating disorders.

General Principles of Our Support Groups

We are client centered, professionally-facilitated, with programs tailored to client needs and respectful of individual diversity. There is not one cause for eating disorders, therefore there is not one solution that will be right for everyone. EDSNA is a support network – not a treatment organization.

Who Do We Serve?

We serve individuals dealing directly with an eating disorder, family and loved ones of those dealing directly with an eating disorder, professionals working in the field of eating disorders, and the general public.


We are grateful for generous financial support from:

  • Alberta Health, Addictions and Mental Health Branch
  • Government of Alberta Community Initiatives Program
  • Edmonton Community Foundation
  • You!

Funding, donations, and proceeds allow us to continue to offer support and information to the eating disorder community.

Who Are Your Facilitators and Who Do They Serve?

Our facilitators are all health professionals with a background in eating disorders. They are registered psychologists, registered dieticians, psychiatric nurses, registered social workers and occupational therapists. We hire people who have the skills to guide groups effectively, answer questions knowledgeably and empower people to take ownership of their own journey to recovery. We select professionals who are aligned with our philosophy that everyone in the family is impacted by eating disorders, who are non-judgmental and can provide a safe space for everyone to participate. You can learn more about our team here.

Meet the Board

Moyra McAllister

Founder & Board President

Moyra practiced as a physical therapist and a clinic director for nearly 30 years. She currently works as the Complaints Director for Physiotherapy Alberta. Finding solutions to problems is what Moyra has always done. When her daughter became ill with an eating disorder, she discovered that finding support, treatment options and guidance for her daughter and herself was very difficult. There was so much information and yet no concrete solutions or help. As she began to talk to other families who were affected by eating disorders she found that her family’s story was not unique – the feelings of isolation, panic, fear and desperation were nearly identical between families. She decided to create a solution for this problem. EDSNA, the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta is the result.

Amanda Huxley

Vice President

Anna Wu

Outgoing Treasurer

Anna obtained her CPA, CA in 2015 and is currently working in the Finance department at Covenant Health. Her goal has always been to work and volunteer for not-for-profits in order to make a difference in the community. Anna understands that mental health is so important and everyone deserves a support system to lean on. As such, she strongly believes in the mission and vision that EDSNA stands for. By being on the Board, she is hoping to utilize her skills to benefit EDSNA and the communities it supports.  During her spare time, Anna enjoys exploring the city by bike and knitting baby sweaters for her two young nieces.

Pamela Johnson

Incoming Treasurer

Courtney Rippin Kaufman

Board Secretary

Courtney is a manager with the Government of Alberta and recently completed her MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. She also has BA in General Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Calgary. She has lived experience with an eating disorder and recognizes that when one member of the family has an eating disorder, it impacts the entire family. She is passionate about EDSNA’s mission and vision and hopes that her skills will assist the organization to achieve its goals. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat, exploring Edmonton’s river valley, and all kinds of paper crafts.

David Wedge

Director at Large

David is a partner with the law firm of Parlee McLaws, a sessional instructor with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, the father of beautiful new baby girl and a dangerously precocious 8-year old son, and the husband of the strongest woman he has ever met.  Because his wife has undergone treatment for her eating disorder almost the entire time they have been together and he has had to explain to his son on multiple occasions why Mom needs to go into the hospital again, David wants to do everything in his power to tackle the silence and neglect that surrounds eating disorders in our society.

Katie Chamberlain

Director at Large

Katie is a producer with CTV News in Edmonton. She works hard to share Edmonton’s stories and celebrate what makes this city a great place to live. Katie is heavily involved in the city’s fitness community – teaching at YEG Cycle and Champs Boxing Studio. She has been a fitness instructor since 2015.
Katie and her husband, Kent, are also kept busy with their son, Leo, and their pug, Doug.
Having struggled with eating disorders herself, EDSNA is an organization Katie is extremely passionate about.

Tracey Bartie

Director at Large

Tracey is a former registered nurse (RN) and the owner of two health-related businesses. She firmly believes in being an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, and hopes to use her voice to speak for those living with an eating disorder. She is also on the family advisory council in Alberta, which examines issues related to eating disorder care in the province. Tracey is a parent of 2 teenagers and firmly believes that parents are an active part of their children’s care.

In her private life, she can always be found with a coffee in her hand, a cat on her lap, or a book in her hand.

Meet The Staff

Lauren Berlinguette

Executive Director

Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to become more involved with the organization since she began volunteering Fall 2017. 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 2SLGBTQIA+ community, is something she is especially passionate about.

Lauren loves cooking, gardening, and exploring the world.

Angie Mellen

Public Awareness Coordinator

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.

Jessica Nelson

Volunteer Coordinator

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 campus, 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!

Stephanie Happ

Social Media Assistant

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.

Hannah Brown

Outreach Committee Lead

Hannah started volunteering with EDSNA in 2015 at the Edmonton Woman’s Show. Since then she has volunteered at many other shows, events, and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Having lived experience with an eating disorder herself, Hannah hopes to educate and reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and mental health. Hannah is committed in both her career and personal life to live by EDSNA’s vision that no one should have to face an eating disorder alone. In her free time, Hannah loves writing poetry, spending time outdoors, and showing off photos of her dog Bella.

Rachel Papulkas

Newsletter Contributor

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