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Saturday, 11 February 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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In honor of eating disorders awareness month every February, the ongoing Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement is celebrating our annual Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign!  

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The Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves movement is putting on a FREE public panel event to celebrate and acknowledge Eating Disorders Awareness Month (every February!) and promote prevention and awareness of eating disorders. We are proud to provide this opportunity for you to listen and ask questions to our panelists as they share their illuminated perspectives on the event theme,

Reaching Out: Supporting Someone Struggling with Eating and Weight. 

Our panelists come with expertise in, connection to, and actions on the real-world desires and struggles that individuals have with body-image, self-esteem and eating disorders. We thank them for sharing their knowledge, personal experience, and insights in the area. By attending you will have the opportunity to engage in useful discussion and thoughtful dialogue and leave with a rich learning experience and better understanding on how to help a friend or loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder!



WHEN:  Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm

WHERE:  University of British Columbia: Robson Square, 800 Robson Street., Vancouver, BC in the Main Lecture Theatre.  Directions for the event can be found here:

WHO CAN ATTEND:  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! 

COST:  Free!

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Erica Monk is excited to be involved with the PEDAW panel since it is about bringing awareness to issues that have largely impacted her life. She recently graduated from the SFU Psychology program with First Class Distinction and is interested in all things mental health related. She is passionate about helping others live the best life possible – whatever that means for them, and is currently working with youth who struggle with mental illness. Her dream is to become a police officer so she spends a lot of time training for the POPAT – it is not easy! In the past, Erica was a competitive figure skater and loves to hit the ice whenever she can, although she admits she is a bit rusty. While she loves travelling, you can usually find her trying new restaurants around town with friends, or on her couch watching the latest murder mystery.


 Kevin Kokoska is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. He is trained in both individual and group approaches to therapy that employ and repurpose the skillsets of artists. Kevin is also an artist himself. He writes, produces, and performs solo shows about mental health. Combining his clinical and creative interests, Kevin helps artists develop and prepare for projects while coaching them through the personal and professional challenges that arise along the way.



Joanna Zelichowska brings a significant amount of experience, passion, and leadership in eating disorders prevention and treatment. She is the manager of Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Program and is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor. For many years Joanna was a part of the research team at St. Paul’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program where she was interested in understanding the role of self-compassion and social support in promoting resilience to shape and weight concerns and disordered eating. Joanna has been published in books, peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at national and international conferences. She is also the elected co-chair of the student section of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada and is committed to raising awareness about eating disorders. 

Megumi Iyar is currently a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Over the last four years, as the research coordinator in the Eating Disorders Program at St. Paul’s hospital, Megumi has been involved in research on collaborative care and how best to support family and friends of individuals with eating disorders. Megumi has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at both national and international conferences. As the elected co-chair of the student section of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada, Megumi has had the opportunity to collaborate with other students on the development of initiatives that would spread awareness about eating disorders across Canada. She is motivated, passionate, and dedicated to research.
Photo credit: Cam Nickel PhotographyAnd facilitated by Danika Quesnel who holds a bachelor degree in Human Kinetics and a Masters of Health and Exercise Science both from the University of British Columbia. She has a special interest in the areas of mental health and disordered eating and her academic studies and research to date have focused on the incorporation of exercise into the treatment and management of eating disorders. Danika’s academic contributions in this area are cutting edge and she has presented on the topic of exercise and eating disorders across Canada. Danika is passionate about pursing further studies in the field of eating disorders and brings that same passion and commitment to her clinical work with clients. Her work as a personal trainer focuses on helping individuals rekindle their relationship with healthy exercise and improved mind-body wellness. As a volunteer Danika has worked with Love Our Bodies Love Ourselves since 2013, and is honoured to be part of BC’s eating disorder awareness and prevention campaign. *Photo credit: Cam Nickel


PARKING:  To access the Robson Square's underground parking, travel to the corner of Howe Street and Nelson Street (Howe Street is a one-way street).  Once you have entered the parking lot, follow the directional signs to UBC Robson Square parking area.

PUBLIC TRANSIT:  The Translink website allows you to plan your trip via transit to UBC Robson Square from any Lower Mainland location. Closest skytrain station is Granville Station on the Expo Line. 

This year, our National Eating Disorders Awareness theme for all of Canada is:
Eating Disorders Are Not a Choice
Follow along by using hashtags #notachoice and #EDAW2017 ! 


For more information, please email pedaw[at]


Twitter: @loveourbodies

Instagram: @loveourbodies





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University of British Columbia: Robson Square
800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC
Main Lecture Theatre
Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

Saturday, 11 February 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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love our bodies, love ourselves!

The love our bodies, love ourselves! movement, led by the Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign, a part of Jessie's Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness Program, is launched with activities and events taking place throughout the year! It is a province wide effort to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.
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