MA Economics, Lived Experience (she/her)
Sonia holds a Master’s in Economics and Business from Wilfrid Laurier. Before co-founding charitable organization Body Brave in 2017, she worked as Economic Analyst for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. After struggling for many years with an eating disorder, Sonia co-founded Body Brave in order to provide accessible support options for those struggling with eating disorders and their families. With her economics and business background, Sonia has a particular interest in innovative, e-health approaches that will drive systemic change in the eating disorder landscape. As a mixed person of colour, Sonia believes in the importance of exploring ways in which eating disorder treatment and support can become more accessible and equitable.
Sonia suffered from an eating disorder during her late teens and early 20s. Through a combination of skills, peer support and treatment, she was able to achieve recovery. On a national level, she advocates for the patient voice and eating disorders as a Canadian Medical Association Patient Voice Committee member. She brings her passion and experiences of recovery to all of her work.