The Eating Disorders Association of London Inc. (EDAL) was founded in 1993. The EDAL consisted of health care professionals who treated patients with eating disorders and others who were directly affected by the devastation eating disorders can have on a person and their family. The group of dedicated volunteers was led by Dr. James McSherry. In 1996, EDAL gained status as a registered charitable organization.
Using the success of Sheena’s Place in Toronto as a model, a task force was established to create Hope’s Garden, Eating Disorders Support and Resource Centre. The intent for Hope’s Garden was to provide non-treatment programs in a safe, non-threatening environment, to people who have eating disorders and for their families and friends. Through donations and community partnerships, Hope’s Garden opened its doors on November 25th, 2002. Hope’s Garden continues to rely on the generosity of the community to operate its programs and services to the public.
Hope’s Garden remains the only organization of its kind in London and the surrounding area.
The centre continues to grow, providing a wide variety of support groups and resources.