This fall, Sheena’s Place hosted a successful breakfast symposium, Perspectives, in downtown Toronto. More than 50 guests gathered to hear from our speakers, Saroya Tinker, Dr. Kyle Ganson, and Wendy Preskow, who shed light on the impacts of eating disorders and the immense value of community spaces like Sheena’s Place. It was a morning full of meaningful conversations and appreciation. Once again, we thank you for your unwavering support, and we hope to see you again at our future fundraising events!
Saroya Tinker, Professional Hocker Player
Saroya Tinker is a professional hockey player who is sparking change, pushing limits, breaking barriers, and creating a more equitable future in hockey. Saroya was a member of the Yale University Women’s Hockey Team prior to graduating with a degree in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She was drafted fourth overall to the Metropolitan Riveters in 2020 before joining the Toronto Six in 2021. In the 2022-23 PHF season, Saroya was named a PHF All-Star and the Toronto Six won the 2023 Isobel Cup. Tinker runs Saroya Strong, a mentorship program for young Black women in sports. Saroya is an outspoken advocate working to reduce racism in sport, and she is candid about her own experience with an Eating Disorder. She is also the Executive Director of Black Girl Hockey Club Canada, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Black women in ice hockey. In 2022, Saroya was part of Front Office Sports’ Rising 25 Class, named one of Sportsnet’s Top-25 Women in Hockey, and won the PHF’s Denna Laing Award, awarded to “the player most actively applying the core values of hockey to her community as well as growing and improving hockey culture.” She also won the TIFF People’s Choice Award for Uninterrupted Canada’s Black Ice. Saroya is one of the faces of diversity and inclusion in hockey – she is continuously pushing the boundaries of the sport and improving it for the next generation of players.
Wendy , Founder/President of NIED
Wendy is a devoted wife, mom and grandmother. She is the passionate voice and driving force behind the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) which she founded in 2012. Wendy was driven by the severe nature of her own daughter’s illness to create an organization that is focused on Education, Understanding and Action to counter the desperate situation facing individuals with Eating Disorders and their families in Canada. Wendy was honoured as a CAMH Difference Maker – one of 150 Leading Canadians in Mental Health.
Kyle T. Ganson, PhD, MSW