Our story began in 2002. At that time, there was little available in the way of appropriate, accessible care for young people with eating disorders. Community programs were overburdened, hospital admissions entailed long wait lists, and families seeking residential care were forced to find it outside of Canada at tremendous expense and personal sacrifice. With a passion only those touched by the illness can know, a small group of parents joined forces to create the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders — a charity dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of eating disorders, improving access to care, and responding to the desperate need for new programs and services.
Since then, the Looking Glass Foundation has become a vital eating disorders community -- including past sufferers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds; their friends and loved ones; wellness practitioners; and incredibly generous donors and volunteers. We've helped thousands of individuals affected by this devastating disease.
- We established Canada's first residential treatment centre for young people with eating disorders. What was originally the Woodstone Treatment Centre on Galiano Island was moved to Vancouver in 2014 and renamed the Looking Glass Residence -- now operated in collaboration with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
- Our unique 8-day Summer Camp for young women suffering from this disease is now in its 12th year - and has provided much-needed respite, recovery, and support to hundreds of families.
- Our Online Peer Support service is now scheduled times each week and engages hundreds of sufferers from across the country each year.
- More than 60 sufferers enjoy weekly, face-to-face support with an LGF Hand in Hand volunteer.
- Every year, our Scholarship program awards $15,000 to help six young people recovering from this disease to get a fresh start in life through further education - more than 30 students so far.
- Our diverse outreach services -- phone support, presentations, social media, blogs, and special campaigns like Something's Gotta Give -- engage and inform the broader public about how to prevent, intervene, and help fight eating disorders.
The passionate belief that drove the founders of the Looking Glass Foundation in the beginning remains unchanged today: that no one should ever have to struggle alone against this disease. Together, we really can get to the other side.