Love Our Bodies Love Ourselves Events

PEDAW 2022 Events and Activities

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is launched every year from February 1st – 7th with activities and events taking place throughout the year.  It is a province-wide effort, brought to you by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention & Awareness, a program of Family Services of the North Shore, to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders as well as media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.

We hope you can take an active role to support the launch of this movement and start some meaningful and engaging discussions, as well as activities at your school, with your family or at your workplace.

#ShowPurpleLove on February 1-7, 2022 and share on Social Media:

WHEN: February 1 to February 7, 2022

WHERE: Across B.C.

1. Wear purple and/or our Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, 2022

2. Take a photo of yourself or a landmark that is lit up in the color purple. Have fun and be creative!

3. Share your photo on social media using the hashtag #ShowPurpleLove #ShowUsYourPurple

We encourage you to use our captions or to share your own! Be sure to use our hashtags #ShowPurpleLove and #ShowUsYourPurple and tag @loveourbodies to help spread the message this year

We will share your social media posts all week long! If you would like to request a free wristband and live within BC, email us at to order your free wristbands.

Check Out Landmarks Across BC Lighting Up Purple:

WHEN: February 1 – February 7, 2022

WHERE: Across B.C.

Our community partners light up in purple every year to show their support for Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week!

1. Snap a photo of a landmark lit up in purple during February 1 – 7, 2022

2. Share your photo on social media using the hashtags #ShowPurpleLove #ShowUsYourPurple and tag us @loveourbodiesloveourselves

3. Enjoy!


February 2, 2022: Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Webinar 

While the pandemic shifted the world into a state of transition, it continues to have a unique impact on the lives of university students. This conversation with Jessie’s Legacy will delve into experiences of transition, and the variety of experiences that brings up in relation to food, body image, and coping with uncertainty. We aim to give participants a common language around eating disorders and disordered eating, explore the impact of the pandemic on university students with and without eating disorders, and how to build capacity in responding to and supporting students. With an emphasis on dialogue and connection, we will look at answering:

  •     How did this time impact your own relationship with your body?
  •     How do you think it might have been for someone who is first experiencing struggle versus for someone who was already struggling?
  •     What does it look like when someone is struggling and how do you offer them support?
  •     What are some of the challenges and barriers experienced on campus?

This talk will provide space for folks of all experience and knowledge levels to engage in conversation around creating awareness, community, and support on campus for students struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders.



Vicky Gerlings

Vicky (she/they) is a practicum student at Jessies Legacy, competing her Master of Counselling Psychology. Vicky has years of experience working in the non-profit sector and is continuously seeking opportunities to increase the trauma-informed capacity of organizations. She believes firmly that people are the experts of their own experiences, and having recovered from her own eating disorder, is passionate about supporting young people in trying to make sense of their experiences, their bodies, and their sense of belonging.









Joanna Zelichowska

Joanna (she/her) is a registered clinical counsellor and manager of Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness program where she works to educate youth, adults, educators, and health professionals about eating disorders and disordered eating. Joanna attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She feels passionately about reducing stigma about eating disorders by taking an inclusive approach to prevention and education that encompasses a holistic view of the individual.







PEDAW 2021 Events and Activities

Join Jessie’s Legacy and BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre on July 27th, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST for our FREE webinar on youth and eating disorders.

Are you worried about your youth’s eating behaviors? Are you concerned this might be a sign of an eating disorder and wondering where to go for help or what to do next?

Join our webinar to:

  • Understand the spectrum of disordered eating
  • Recognize early signs and symptoms
  • Learn when additional support is needed
  • Learn practical strategies for creating a supportive home environment
  • Walk away with tips for how to talk to youth about your concerns

Presenter: Joanna Zelichowska, MA, RCC, Manager of Jessie’s Legacy

Register for your spot here

Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves During a Pandemic Compilation Video

For Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021, Jessie’s Legacy asked people in our community to submit ways in which they’ve been coping and taking care of their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We received submissions in various formats, ranging from original art to poetry and videos. We have compiled all of our submissions to celebrate the resilience, creativity, and strength of our community.

Thank you to everyone who was involved and/or supported our cause during Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2021 this year! We have put together a video of all our submissions. Thank you to our community for your continued support in our cause!

Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves During a Pandemic

Body Image and Eating Attitudes Online Screener  

Check out our anonymous self-screening assessments we developed with the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) for Here to Help.

Each screener consists of 8 questions that give insight into your body image and eating attitudes. Click on the links below to take the test!

Body Image Self-Assessment Tool

Eating Attitudes Self-Assessment Tool

For Families: A Conversation about Eating Disorders

‘In the Know’ by FamilySmart provides expert speakers on topics important to families relating to mental health in youth.

Families don’t cause eating disorders but they can be one of the most effective influences in their child’s recovery.

Listen to a young person, parent, and therapist share their perspective and knowledge as they talk about the continuum of disordered eating, what to be aware of, the importance of connection, and strategies that can help support recovery.

Watch the video here!



By February 2nd, you will also be able to sign up for an online event where families will discuss with and learn from experts on the topic of eating disorders. Watch the video with us and join in for a facilitated discussion by FamilySmart!

Sign up now to join other families for a free online discussion. 18 different sessions will be held throughout the month of February for different communities across BC. All you have to do is select your neighborhood and sign up!
Cost: Free
Date: Month of February
Registration Required: Sign Up For ‘In the Know’ Online Discussion Event Here

Open Hearts, Honest Conversations: A podcast by Family Services of the North Shore
Topic: Loving Our Bodies and Ourselves during a Pandemic

Tune in to a conversation between registered clinical counsellor, Valerie Dolgin, and manager of Jessie’s Legacy program and clinical counsellor, Joanna Zelichowska, on the topic of eating disorders and body image during the COVID-19 pandemic.

















You can check out our podcast library here!

Download our free “Your Weight is Not Your Worth Poster” below!


Click here to downloadable a printable version of our poster

Help spread awareness by displaying this important message in your home, work, school, or community space!