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March 2017

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2017 bridges gaps

At any given time, an estimated 600,000 to 900,000 Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder. A large portion of this population is hesitant to reach out for help. On February 1-7th, Canadians united to raise awareness and fight stigma for Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW). The week brought with it encouraging progress towards ending stigma and silence, and a list of events to raise awareness in the form of smashing weight scales and discussing barriers.

Conversation about eating disorders was facilitated throughout the city of Calgary in a variety of artistic and unique ways. Landmarks such as the Calgary Tower, Telus Spark and Olympic Plaza were lit up a brilliant purple colour, Vertigo Theatre featured the production MESS about living with an eating disorder, and groups of people came together to passionately paint their expressions in vivid purple at Raw Canvas. Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed the fight against stigma at City Hall, and panel discussions were  held at Alberta Children’s Hospital. 



Eating disorders are #notachoice.
A vibrant online conversation also flourished throughout EDAW. Experiences, challenges and progress stories were shared using the hashtag #EDAW2017, and the message that eating disorders are #notachoice circulated through Twitter and Facebook. Metro News, Calgary Herald and CBC News also featured articles spreading the message that eating disorders are not decisions but rather serious mental illnesses capable of resulting in life-threatening consequences.

Yet, there is always hope. Recovery is possible and the fight against stigma and for more specialized services never ends. Silver Lining’s goal of building a long-term, residential treatment facility in Alberta gains more momentum with each passing month. We extend the greatest thanks to those who have supported us thus far in our journey towards building the silver lining, and encourage others to join us as we venture onwards. 

Board News

Michael GroganAfter a few years of courting him to join us, Silver Linings is very excited to welcome Michael Grogan as a new Board member.

Mike brings tremendous experience and strategic wisdom to our Board due to his past and current roles both professionally and personally. Mike is the Vice President of Programs and Operations for the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. Over his 25-year career in the private and nonprofit sectors, he has become recognized for his ability to inspire multiple stakeholders to tackle complex challenges and to create innovative and adaptive solutions to organizational and community issues. Mike's skills and experience stem from a diverse background that encompasses building effective organizations from the ground up, leading backcountry wilderness adventures and developing cross-sectorial collaborations and partnerships. Mike also has extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations including board membership for over 6 years with the Calgary Distress Centre.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to Donna Baird as she has recently moved to Victoria, BC, making it difficult for her to continue to engage with our Board. We are extremely thankful for Donna’s contributions over the past 18 months, which included developing strategic partnerships for Silver Linings as well as providing valuable input on clinical initiatives and program development. Thank you Donna! We wish you the very best. 

Great Article Written by a Local Author

Being the parent of a child/young adult/ or adult with an eating disorder is such a difficult journey. It brings you to a place of helplessness and fear that very few events, if any, in life will have prepared you for. Seeing your child suffer to such a degree is very painful but recovery is possible; there can be a Silver Linings. Please check out Louise Gallagher’s powerful story: 

“Even before she named it out loud, I suspected its presence. My daughter was disappearing before my eyes. Vanishing. Carving out the soft curves of her body. The edges of her bones becoming visible beneath her skin. I felt powerless. Helpless. Confused.”

Click here to read the article.

Family and Client Support Group News

Silver Linings continues to offer 8 week professionally facilitated parent and client support groups. If you are interested in joining the next sessions or learning more about our support groups, please email us at hello@silverliningsfoundation.ca or check out our website.

Community Engagement Updates

Silver Linings continues to engage in select community initiatives related to eating disorders.

This month, we were invited to participate in a panel discussion before mental health professionals interested in not only better understanding these illnesses, but also understanding effective recovery strategies for clients and families.

Fundraising News

Silver Linings is proud to share that we have secured our first strategic grant from The Calgary Foundation. This grant will help us gather data for developing our future clinical model, and feasibility study, through an extensive literature review on treatment options in a residential centre setting, and through extensive interviews with existing eating disorders centres over the world and the elements leading them to success.

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Calgary Silver Linings Foundation strives to expand and enhance the continuum of care for eating disorders in Alberta. Learn more at www.silverliningsfoundation.ca.

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