Meet the Team

The following team members are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many volunteers and students who are also regular and important members of the NEDIC team.

Suzanne Phillips
Program Manager

Suzanne Phillips joined NEDIC as Program Coordinator in March, 2007.  Prior to NEDIC, Suzanne worked as a helpline worker at the Eating Disorders Association in the UK (now B-Eat), and as a crisis worker for Samaritans. In 2016 Suzanne became NEDIC's Program Manager, spearheading such initiatives as Beyond Images, NEDIC’s educational program, and the “Be You” badge challenge for Girl Guides of Canada. Suzanne holds a degree in Business Administration from York University, a diploma in Social Work from the University of East Anglia, and a certificate in HR Management from Ryerson University. 

Rekha Wijayaratna
Development Officer

Rekha joined NEDIC in January 2019, from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) having worked on major gifts, grants and patron circles from 2014-2018. Rekha is thrilled to be a part of the Major Gifts team at the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and NEDIC. Rekha is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a specialist degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing her Project Management Certification.

Sara Marini
Administrative Coordinator

Sara first joined NEDIC in 2014 as a social media volunteer, later taking on the role of Administrative Coordinator. Sara is currently a student of English Literature at Queen's University, and is a graduate of Ryerson University's Publishing Certificate. 

Direct Client Support Team

Emily has enjoyed being part of the NEDIC team and being involved in many different aspects of NEDIC's work since 2008. She is a graduate of the Master of Public Health - Nutrition and Dietetics program at the University of Toronto. Years ago, she heard someone say, "All food is good food", thought it was catchy, and adopted it as an underpinning for her approach to nutrition and health.

Michelle D. first joined NEDIC in November 2014 as an Outreach and Education Volunteer, and in September 2016 joined the staff team as a Direct Client Support Worker. Michelle D. brings over 5 years of community based experience spanning direct practice and research, with a focus on anti-oppressive, feminist, anti-racist and cultural humility approaches. Michelle D. holds a Master of Social Work degree (York University, 2014), a Bachelor of Social Work degree (Ryerson University, 2013) and a certificate in Mental Health and Addictions (Ryerson University, 2016). Michelle D. is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Michelle T. first came to  NEDIC as a placement student in 2012 from the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor/Advocacy Program at George Brown College and has been supporting clients on the DCS line since then. She also volunteers at a shelter for women fleeing partner abuse, plus facilitates a group for newcomers to practice their English speaking skills.

Amanda is a recent graduate of the social work program at Ryerson University and is currently working towards her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Originally from Vancouver BC, she also obtained a Musical Theatre diploma at Capilano University before coming to Toronto and switching her focus to mental health and social work. Her passion truly lies in body positivity, eating disorder treatment, and trauma informed care.

... and our many wonderful volunteers and practicum students