About Us

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).

Mailing us something? PO Box 681, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2K8

Send us an email: info@edsna.ca

Charitable registration number: 896568417RR0001

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.​

No one in Alberta will face an eating disorder alone.

EDSNA is a charitable organization providing support to individuals dealing with eating disorders* in the province of Alberta.
EDSNA raises awareness about eating disorders in the province of Alberta.

*individuals dealing with eating disorders includes people directly affected and those indirectly affected such as family members, educators, healthcare professionals, and others in the life of a person with an eating disorder

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.

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.

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.

Moyra McAllister, Founder and 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, 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.

Bente Hallin, Board Secretary

Bente Hallin is the Chief Executive Officer at Accurate Network Services Inc., a technology services and support company with offices in Edmonton and Calgary. Before joining Accurate in 2017, she worked as a business consultant helping organizations develop and implement their strategic plans. She received an MBA from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature in 2007. Bente knows first hand how important it is to support loved ones who are facing an eating disorder, and she is eager to raise the awareness of the resources and support networks available to Albertans. In her spare time, Bente enjoys home renovation projects supported by Youtube DIY videos, and hanging out with her Boston terrier, Lady McDuff.

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. 

Lauren Berlinguette
Executive Director

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 Erickson
Admin Assistant

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

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.

To contact Angie, email: angie@edsna.ca

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 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!

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.

Jeannette Castillo
Newsletter Coordinator

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.

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.