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Executive Director, Deb Berlin-Romalis, interviewed on Daytime Toronto

15 November 2016 – RogersTV host of Daytime Toronto Nina Spencer spoke in depth with Deborah Berlin-Romalis about eating disorders and the increasingly wide variety of support programs offered at Sheena’s Place.

Sheena’s Place Announces New Board Chair and Directors

Toronto, June 22, 2016 – Sheena’s Place, Toronto’s welcoming centre of support for people with eating disorders, today announced a new Chair and five new members of its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to have their advice and expertise in helping Sheena’s Place build and enhance our ability to reach and help individuals struggling with eating disorders,” Deborah Berlin-Romalis, executive director of Sheena’s Place said of the new appointments. “Their current positions span a wide variety of sectors and organizations, from accountancy, health care, finance, media and post-secondary education.

“As well, I would like to warmly acknowledge and thank our outgoing Chair, Alex Bellamy, who has led the Board for the past three years. Her many contributions and strong leadership skills were crucial in helping Sheena’s Place grow and build.”

Stalwart Sheena’s Place supporter James Jewett becomes the new Chair of the Board of Directors. He first began working with Sheena’s Place as a Sparkle Party fundraiser and then later became a board member. He has a long history of philanthropic work including Sick Kids Hospital and The Big Little Caravan of Joy, which enriches the lives of children in remote Canadian communities through arts-based learning.

New to the Sheena’s Place Board of Directors are:

Inka Bari, a Strategic Business and Technology leader at Deloitte Inc. with over 15 years of experience in Management Consulting specifically Data and Analytics. She will help the Board in bringing insights that will help with better decision making. She is the founder and lead for Women in Technology and the Executive Member for Deloitte Women Initiative in Canada.

Leeanne Comish will help further build the Sheena’s Place brand, bringing to the table an extensive marketing and advertising background as president of her own marketing firm, following time as president of media agency m2 and senior positions with Coca-Cola Ltd. and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company.

Once named Toronto’s best College/University professor by NOW Magazine, Dr. Arthur Haberman is Professor Emeritus of History and Humanities at York University. The Haberman family sponsors the Sheena’s Place Annual Art Show and supports the year-round purchasing of supplies for the art program.

Janine Hopkins brings considerable health care management strength to our board, as a Principal at Santis Health, a strategic advisory and public affairs consultancy. Janine was previously a Senior Director at the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, VP of Public Affairs for Cancer Care Ontario and Communications Director for Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Nikki Moffat is Senior Vice President, Finance for Bell Media and responsible for all of the media giant’s financial operations, and has been instrumental in building Bell Media as the leading media company in Canada.

Continuing members of the board are James Jewett (Chair), Susan Walker (Vice-Chair), Gavin Swartzman (Treasurer), Ian Bies (Secretary), Dr. Patricia Colton, Marisa Fabiano, Dr. Debra Katzman, Rose Savage, Krista Webster.

About Sheena’s Place

Located in downtown Toronto, Sheena’s Place is a non­institutional, non­residential centre where people with similar issues and concerns come together in groups to share experiences, thoughts, feelings, and coping strategies. We offer groups for young adults, adults, mothers, men, and women over forty, as well as groups for families, friends and partners of those with eating disorders. We recommend individuals attend an introductory information interview with us to enable them to choose the support group best suited to their needs.

For more information, please contact Florence Chan at (416) 927-8900 ext. 25


Executive Director, Deb Berlin-Romalis as consultant and co-author for Parents Canada!

Our executive director, Deb-Berlin Romalis acted as a consultant and co-author for this informative article by Denise Davy for Parents Canada. The article discusses the important topic of how to spot the signs of an eating disorder, as well as how to talk to your child about eating disorders. It’s so important that parents receive support and education around what to be aware of with eating disorders/disordered eating, as well as how to support a child they may be worried about!

Advocate and friend, Jay Walker on the Marilyn Denis Show for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2016!

Watch from 28:10- 38:01 on January 27th, as our friend, Jay Walker shares about his personal experience with an eating disorder. Jay speaks eloquently about the struggles he faced, the moment he knew he had to reach out for help, and his road to recovery. Sheena’s Place is honoured to be mentioned by Jay when asked about options for people who feel they are struggling with an eating disorder and need support. It’s wonderful to see more people, especially men, speaking out about this since, contrary to misconception, it does not just affect women but affects all genders. Let’s continue the conversation about mental health not just today on Let’s Talk Day, but everyday!

Sheena’s Place Executive Director, Debbie Berlin-Romalis, interviewed by the National Post!

Please read and share this important article and interview, “When the impulse to be thin never grows old: Middle-aged women also suffer from deadly eating disorders“, discussing the growing demands placed on older women and the prevalence of eating disorders among this population.

Sheena’s Place Sparkle Party 2015 in Hello! Magazine

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Sparkle Party fundraiser such a success! It was a completely sold-out event, with over 500 tickets purchased to support Sheena’s Place. The evening was hosted by Jeanne Beker, and even drew attention from other celebrities including Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister, Marilyn Denis, and The Social’s Melissa Grelo, Lainey Lui, and Cynthia Loyst.

We hosted the event at the gorgeous Aga Khan museum, hosting private tours for VIP ticket holders. We also held a silent auction, offering incredible prizes from a variety of generous donors and sponsors and had an incredible performance from Juno award winner Tomi Swick.

Finally, we used the evening as an opportunity to acknowledge the generous grant that Sheena’s Place received through Bell’s Let’s Talk Community Fund to support men’s programming.

Check out the spread in Hello! magazine, covering the Sparkle Party!