Lisa is excited to be a part of Looking Glass’ amazing team of staff, volunteers, board, and emeritus members. It is her honour to join a community that is deeply committed to ensuring everyone that struggles with an eating disorder can access the supports that they need, when and where they need them.
Lisa is passionate about working with like minded people to make the community a better place for everyone. Throughout her career in leading non-profit organizations, Lisa has had the privilege of witnessing the transformation that can occur when organizations work with individuals and their families to identify and provide the supports they need to overcome the barriers they are experiencing. She has lived experience of being the parent of a young person who is on the path to recovery from an eating disorder, which makes her work at Looking Glass very personal to her.
Lisa lives in Vancouver with her husband and three daughters. Outside of work, she loves to cook, ski, bike, mix cocktails and spend time with friends and family.
You can reach Lisa by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyssa believes wholeheartedly in the power of community and connection, and is honoured to be a part of an organization that does this so well. Bringing her passion for connecting people to causes that matter, Alyssa is looking forward to leveraging her background in fundraising, events, and communications throughout this coming year during Sarah Clark's maternity leave.
In her free time, Alyssa is typically hanging out with her husband, doing yoga, or doing her best to keep up with her three young children.
Upon joining Looking Glass, Sharon felt particularly drawn to several core values of the organization: compassion, collaboration and courage. She is passionate about using her vast experience towards the growth and development of impactful programs. The belief that everyone deserves to feel empowered and supported to live their best life is the driving factor for Sharon to support individuals battling mental health issues!
Sharon trained and worked in South Africa as a social worker in both the government and NGO sector, and spent many years as an individual, group and family therapist. Her family moved to Vancouver as her husband embarked on post graduate studies at UBC, and she then shifted her focus to work as a manager for a number of Social Housing Non-Profits addressing the enormous need of social housing in the city.
Outside of the office, Sharon loves travelling overseas. Locally, she also enjoys exploring different trails on her e-bike as well as challenging herself to swim across different lakes during warmer months. She volunteers in various community events, and is passionate about giving back.
Looking Glass has been a place close to Kaela’s heart for many years, because of the organization’s commitment to providing low barrier support to individuals struggling with eating disorders regardless of where they are in their recovery journey. She believes in meeting people where they are at, a value Looking Glass exemplifies in all they do.
Kaela finds her work as a Clinical Counsellor incredibly rewarding – it gives her the gift of working closely with people and getting to know who they are and the experiences that have shaped them. She is passionate about eating disorder recovery and giving people a place to feel safe exploring who they are and who they want to be.
When at the Foundation or in her private practice, you will usually find Kaela drinking copious amounts of tea and hanging out with her toddler. She and her family love being outdoors and exploring the many gifts nature provides.
Jennifer is part of a large proud Metis family, with a strong connection to the community. She believes our journey in life comes to many crossroads, whether we go it alone or walk it together. She believes Looking Glass Foundation is a safe place to support healing and transitions towards a healthy lifelong journey.
Jennifer has spent over 20 years creating a safe place for people to tell their story and build success through her career in education and community advocacy. Jennifer’s strong values and strengths-based approach help her create a sense of belonging for all. She always strives to ensure the people she works with feel seen and heard.
Outside of work, Jennifer loves spending time with her dog and getting together with friends and family over a good meal or catching a hockey game.
Rachel is honoured to be a part of the Looking Glass Foundation's vital work, recognizing the profound impact it has on the eating disorder community and individuals' lives. First as a PRS and Hand in Hand Volunteer and now, as staff, Rachel firmly believes that recovery is possible for everyone. Throughout her experience as a volunteer, she felt increasingly drawn to the organization and working in the mental health field. She is an advocate for providing accessible support and she believes that healing is rooted in community.
Beyond her role, Rachel finds joy in cooking for friends, seeking solace amidst mountains, and capturing life's moments through film photography. She’s excited by working in the mental health field and being a part of an organization rooted in values that directly reflect the road to recovery.
Gurleen is deeply passionate about mental health and helping create safe spaces for individuals struggling with mental health disorders. She is honored to be a part of the Looking Glass community, first as an OPS volunteer and now, as staff. She is in awe of the resilience shown by program participants, and hopes to meet them where they are in their journey, and support them in meeting their recovery goals.
As a professional, Gurleen’s goal is to expand the scope of community mental health resources to diverse communities and help overcome any barriers to accessibility. She has recently graduated from UBC with a BA in Psychology and hopes to use her education as well as her own lived experiences to empower others in navigating difficult personal situations.
Outside of work, Gurleen volunteers at the BC Crisis Centre as a Crisis Services Responder. She is also an avid nap taker and loves to find new recipes for cooking!
As someone who is strongly committed to the belief that recovery from eating disorders is possible, Kristyne was initially drawn to Looking Glass as a volunteer. She felt instantly connected to the organization, seeing first-hand how powerful peer support programs are in aiding recovery.
Kristyne joined Looking Glass after making a vital career shift from corporate cosmetics to a more personally fulfilling path. With her, Kristyne brings a business-based skill set and the excitement to apply it towards an organization with a mission that she believes in whole-heartedly.
When she’s not working or volunteering with Looking Glass, Kristyne loves to kick-box, bike the city, and explore new neighbourhoods. Her self-care outlet is writing poetry, and her goal this year is to publish a poetry book. In addition to eating disorder recovery, Kristyne advocates for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and is passionate about creating safer spaces for all.
Alex is a strong believer that we heal in community, and that our strongest potential for transformative change occurs in safe connected relationships. She is excited to be a part of the Looking Glass Foundation's work and mission in providing compassionate, low-barrier, community-based support for any persons seeking help in healing from disordered eating and eating disorders. Alex believes everyone deserves support, no matter where they are at in their journey. As a clinical counsellor, Alex feels it is such a privilege to walk alongside others as they find their way back home to themselves. Alex is passionate about providing care and guidance for eating disorder recovery because she knows how challenging and liberating it can be to restore and mend one's relationship to food, body, and soul.
In Alex's free time, you can find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, chasing sunsets, and getting curious about life with friends and loved ones.
Bethany has been a counsellor with the Looking Glass Foundation's Bridge the Gap low-cost counselling program since the Fall of 2021. She began as a student intern and transitioned into a Registered Clinical Counsellor role after graduating with her Masters in Counselling Psychology.
Bethany is passionate about supporting individuals impacted by eating disorders and body image through her counselling work. She understands the unique complexities of living with an eating disorder, and strives to offer each client a therapeutic experience that allows for them to feel seen and understood.
Bethany was inspired to become a counsellor after her own mental health and healing journey. She knows firsthand how impactful it can be to have a counsellor that is understanding, compassionate, and a good fit for each person's unique needs. Working with clients through the Bridge the Gap has been empowering for her, as someone who is in an advocate for accessible and specialized support for the eating disorders community.
When Bethany is not working, you may find her engaging in countless creative activities, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with her loved ones.
Anna feels fortunate to work with the dedicated staff and volunteers at Looking Glass Foundation. Their passion and dedication to helping others is inspiring to her and she is honored to be part of such an amazing group that makes a difference in the lives of so many.
In her spare time, Anna can be found gardening, reading, walking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Maja is inspired by the strength, hope and kindness that she sees every day in the eating disorder community. She believes in the power of peer support and accessible programming, and understands the difference that compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental care can make during recovery.
Maja has experience in non-profit marketing and communications, as well as an academic background in nutrition, science, and health. She loves collaborating with the Looking Glass team on projects and is passionate about using design to raise awareness and decrease the stigma around eating disorders.
When she’s not working, Maja enjoys reading biographies and memoirs, nature-inspired painting and getting outside with her energetic border collie.