Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre offers services and supports to those who struggle with an eating disorder, and to the family and friends who walk with them on their long and difficult recovery journey. This includes three unique support groups, offered in eight-week sessions throughout the year: a closed group for individuals who are new to recovery or who may need a more structured setting; an open group for individuals who are more established in their recovery; and an open group for friends and family members.
Hopewell also offers a mentoring program, where a mentor who has been successfully recovered for over three years meets one-on-one with a mentee who may benefit from help when adjusting to life after treatment. Equally important, Hopewell provides a vital outreach and education function, to try to prevent these deadly diseases from developing in the first place. Hopewell partners with schools and community organizations to talk to youth about media literacy, positive body image and selfesteem, and mental well-being. These messages are essential for young people to receive, since many face constant bombardment over social media with images and messages telling them they just don’t measure up – whether that be in appearance, social status, or otherwise.
Total budget for last fiscal year
Geographic region of focus
Eastern Ontario, with the vast majority of work being undertaken in the National Capital Region
Donation wish list
- Design and production of professional display unit for Hopewell participation at information and trade fairs
- Purchase and installation of new computers for three staff members
- Design and printing of updated Hopewell information and marketing materials
How you can help
Hopewell relies almost exclusively on the generosity of individuals and organizations in our community to keep fighting against these illnesses, which are the most fatal of all mental health diagnoses. Our community based supports and services are vital in assisting those who must navigate the complex mental and physical healthcare system, and yet Hopewell does not receive funding from any level of government.
In the coming years, Hopewell is interested in exploring the feasibility of leveraging new technologies to provide on-line support for individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder.
When you donate to Hopewell, a little goes a long way! For instance, a donation of $20,000 would cover a significant portion of Hopewell’s yearly program development and delivery expenses. A donation of $10,000 would cover our very modest annual rent, so we can target funds towards better serving our clients. And $5,000 would help us to continue offering prevention, education and outreach initiatives to local youth.
Hopewell volunteers are mostly involved with our community outreach and education initiatives, which
can entail staffing our display at information fairs, or delivering presentations to schools and local
We also rely on volunteers to facilitate our support groups, before which Hopewell provides them with
training so they are fully equipped to protect the health and well-being of our clients. These volunteers
are usually in their final year of a graduate program in social work or psychology.
Events and fundraising
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
February 1-7 (annually)
During this nationally-recognized awareness week Hopewell undertakes awareness and fundraising activities throughout Ottawa.
World Eating Disorder Day
June 2 (annually)
This is a global day of activism and awareness-building.
Hopewell’s annual fundraiser
In September 2017 we hosted the themed event “Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma” on the grounds of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, during which four of Ottawa’s top culinary talents competed to be crowned the “Sandwich Sovereign of Ottawa!” Keep an eye out for our 2018 fundraiser!
Board members and executives
Chair: Andrew Jones, GSK
Vice-Chair: Dr. Katherine Henderson, Anchor Psychological Services
Secretary: Karin Pagé, Perley Robertson Hill and MacDougall
Treasurer: Geneviève Robineau, CPA, CA
Margot Lefebvre, Ottawa Hospital Foundation
Dale Morris, Ascribe Marketing Communications
Lucyna Neville, Hopewell co-founder
Diana Norton Lefebvre, MEd, CCC
Nerys Parry, Stantec Shelley Shusterman, Hopewell co-founder
Get in touch
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