June News

June 2019

World Eating Disorders Action Day 2019

On June 2, Silver Linings proudly recognized World Eating Disorders Action Day (WEDAD)--a global collective of over 200 organizations from 45 countries and thousands of individual activists.

Echoing Canada’s 2019 Eating Disorders Awareness Week campaign, this year’s WEDAD theme was “We Can’t Afford to Wait,” to reinforce the alarming severity and prevalence of eating disorders. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Globally they affect a staggering 70 million people of all genders, ages, racial and ethnic identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The good news is that eating disorders are not only treatable but also--contrary to popular belief--full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. WEDAD seeks to highlight this message of hope as much as the need for attention and solutions.

Silver Linings is fully onside with WEDAD’s call to raise awareness of eating disorders, replace myths with correct information, support impacted individuals and their caregivers, and increase training for health care providers.

We know that the 55,000 Albertans with eating disorders “Can’t Afford to Wait” and that’s why on World Eating Disorders Action Day, and every day, we are working to create a world-class residential eating disorder treatment centre in Alberta.

How YOU Can Take Action

Silver Linings’ professionally-facilitated support groups for adolescents, adults, and parents and loved ones are primarily funded by donations.

Here’s what past group participants have said about their group experience:

“On the morning of a group session I would wake up relieved and excited to get a break from facing my illness all on my own.” ~An adult group participant

“At the lowest moments, when the reality of the situation with my daughters was literally ‘life and death,’ the support of the exceptional therapist and other parents was crucial in keeping us in hope and providing the resilience to rise up against this life-threatening illness.” ~A parent group participant.

Also, our team is currently very busy searching for Silver Linings’ first physical space and future Eating Disorders Resource HUB--a first-of-its-kind gathering place where impacted individuals and families can conveniently access often hard to find resources and support under one roof. Our projected new (year one) costs to set up and operate the HUB total approximately $90,000.

Please join us in taking action to support Albertans impacted by eating disorders by making a donation to Silver Linings today! We all know that these mental illnesses “Can’t Afford to Wait,” and together can provide programs and resources to help individuals get back their health, hopes and dreams.

Please click here http://bit.ly/2MWaout to donate now.  


Support Groups Update

Spring was a busy time for support groups at Silver Linings. Our first, skills based group for adolescents with eating disorders wrapped up at the end of April and received resounding positive feedback from both our teen and parent participants. *Parents attend a number of the support group sessions with their teen.

The Wilson Family Adolescent Mental Wellness Fund is a major funder of this new support group. We are so grateful for the family’s continued investment in Silver Linings and in adolescent mental health in general.

Here is a snapshot of the feedback about their group experience that our adolescent and parent participants shared with us:

“Knowing that others are out there struggling with similar things helped me feel less ashamed of my eating disorder and like I could be more open about my experience.” ~A teen participant

“Thank you for putting on this program. It significantly impacted our family in a positive way...There is a huge gap in setting these kids up for success. More sessions, please!” ~A parent participant

We also launched a Binge Eating Disorder Support Group this spring, and successfully delivered another Parent (& Loved Ones) Support Group.

Please keep an eye on our website, www.silverliningsfoundation.ca, and our social media platforms (@SilverLiningsAB) for updates on our mid-August 2019 programs!

Communications Update


We are very grateful for our two volunteer blog writers, Sophie Balisky and Julianna Hindemith. Sophie and Julianna are producing a new blog post every three weeks, as well as an introductory vlog on Silver Linings’ social media hinting at the topic that their latest blog will cover.

Please go here http://bit.ly/2WWgtXG to check out Sophie and Julianna’s insightful, supportive and inspiring blog posts. Feedback on existing blogs, or on a subject that you’d like our writers to consider, is always welcome. Please connect with us at hello@silverliningsfoundation.ca.


In May, Silver Linings’ Executive Director, Colleen Hauck, and volunteer blogger, Sophie Balisky, did a radio interview on CJSW, broadening the conversation around eating disorders with a demographic for whom this subject is all too relevant, university students. Host, Jess Arcand, did an excellent job of tackling several of the falsehoods about eating disorders and of flagging the risks of social media for those who are struggling with one of these mental illnesses. To listen to Colleen and Sophie’s full interview please click here, http://bit.ly/2IpOpYC

Community Support

We want to thank Sunnyside Market for choosing Silver Linings as the recipient of proceeds from their “Bring Your Own Bag” rebate program this spring. Sincere thanks also go out to Marin McCue for hosting a charity yoga class at LIV Yoga in support of Silver Linings.

Silver Linings was founded by Albertans for Albertans and we greatly appreciate and encourage initiatives like these by local individuals, businesses or community groups. Community support helps spread the word about our mission to create a world-class residential eating disorder treatment centre in Alberta. You can help us #BuildTheSilverLining!


Board of Directors Update

Silver Linings’ 2019 Annual General Meeting was on June 4. During the meeting Board Chair, Cendrine Tremblay, recapped how we will incrementally grow our programs over the next few years as we take a phased approach to achieving our residential treatment centre goal. Also, the Foundation’s 2019/2020 Board of Directors was announced.

We are pleased to share with you that our 2019/2020 Directors of the Board are:

  • Chair & Founder, Cendrine Tremblay, MBA, CGA

  • Vice-Chair & Founder, Brad Pierce, LLB

  • Treasurer, Patrick Wetherup, CA, CPA

  • Director, Laurel Adamson, MBA

  • Director, Adele Fox, MA, RPsych

  • Director, Supriya Goyal, MD, FFCP

  • Director, Michael Grogan, MA

  • Director & Founder, Lakshmi Krishnan, MSW, RSW

  • Director, Stephanie Potter, MBA

  • Director, Kathryn Quick.

On behalf of the Board, Silver Linings would like to sincerely thank all of our passionate volunteers, donors and community partners for working with us to bridge gaps in accessibility and care of eating disorders in Alberta. Your contributions are indispensable, and we hope you will continue to help us be the “silver lining” for Calgarians with eating disorders and their loved ones that gives them back their lives, hopes and dreams.

Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the “June 2019 Silver Linings Foundation Update” that was shared at the AGM is encouraged to email Kristin Pletch at kristin.pletch@silverliningsfoundation.ca


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Calgary Silver Linings Foundation is working collaboratively to create a world-class residential eating disorder treatment centre in Alberta.  Please learn more about us at  www.silverliningsfoundation.ca.

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