June 2nd, 2016
“Shauna and Rachelle,
Your presentation this morning was spot on for our "modesty" topic in gr. 9 Religion. Thank you very much for being punctual, organized, speaking clearly, and being thorough in discussing body image, eating disorders, advertising, and the media's role in what we see. With so many teens in the room you were both great at engaging them in answering questions and keeping them interested in your presentation. I give you both my highest recommendation! Excellent job...Thanks for coming to my classroom at F.J. Brennan High School.
Paula Marcuzzi (-Kriemadis)
Visual Arts - grades 9-12, Religious Studies - gr. 9
F.J. Brennan Catholic High School”
Thanks for visiting last week!
BANA was an important part of Girls In Motion again this November 2014. Mia Tannous was our guest speaker. She spoke to a lecture hall filled with 150 grade 10 and11 girls, and their teachers, about media literacy and the importance of self esteem. Mia always has the ability to capture her audience and teach us about the importance of loving who we are. Mia is very easy to identify with. Every time I see her presentation, I take away something different. The experience is extremely valuable for all girls and women but especially these girls who are at risk of dropping out of physical activity due to low self esteem.
Thank you Mia! .
Ms. Lisa Voakes
BANA has continuously provided an exceptional health promotional service to the students of General Amherst High School. Our grade 10 food and nutrition class has enjoyed their informative and engaging presentation for years. They continue to highlight the unrealistic messages that the media presents and the consequences of these influences. They create awareness about eating disorders in an atmosphere that challenges student thinking and encourages questioning. They provide an opportunity for students to connect to BANA's supportive services through friendly and approachable speakers who convey these messages with enthusiasm, passion and humour. Thanks BANA for making a difference.
Mrs. Kary Coulson
Teacher, Grade 10 Food and Nutrition
I dedicate the following testimonial to those in recovery, individuals supporting loved ones and to the BANA staff. Often when we are in the process of therapy we feel lost, confused, and frustrated. The hardest part for me was struggling with the critical voice of my eating disorder. I felt like things would never change and I spent a lot of time crying, and honestly looking back I think that was one of the things that helped me the most. I allowed myself to feel the vicious voice of my eating disorder, which ‘woke me up’ so that I could fight back against my disorder. BANA helped me fight back against my eating disorder on a daily bases. Every day I challenged my disorder, every day I made a small change. My motivation and drive to continue with my eating disorder is ultimately what helped me beat it. I turned my motivation to a positive by finding a purpose in life, which was fighting my eating disorder. I kept saying to myself ‘my eating disorder isn’t working and isn’t worth it.’ I think this is a key part to therapy, I wanted to fight back against my disorder, that drive and motivation kept me going. -> (continued on next slide)
(cont'd) I didn’t give myself the option to go back to my eating disorder habits, for me going back was deal breaker. This mindset was very critical to my recovery and guides my life today. If I could speak to someone currently in therapy at BANA or considering treatment, I would say to them that they can fight against their eating disorder, and people do recover. Coming to therapy is a strength not a weakness. I recovered because I came to BANA and was open, honest and willing to try anything they suggested. Please keep this in mind because the staff at BANA are an example of a healthy voice. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for their efforts, kindness, and support. To conclude, I hope individuals reading this understand that recovery is possible, please stay strong and be kind on yourself, you are beautiful spirit that deserves a whole life. My experience at BANA changed my life and what I wrote above, would not be possible without them. My sincerest thanks to you BANA.
“I began volunteering for BANA in order to contribute to the community and gain valuable experience in an area of mental health of particular interest to me as I pursue a graduate degree in social work. I have had the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of ways, representing BANA at various community events, such as health fairs, answering general inquiries and providing information about the organization to the public. I have also assisted in presentations and workshops that promote self-esteem and nutrition and evaluate media influence on body image. I encourage anyone with a passion for helping others and a willingness to learn to Volunteer their time to BANA."
What people say about our Group Therapy Programs.....
I gained may skills and knowledge from my recovery process.
I learned that I have a voice and I can take back the control
I learned to look at my Eating Disorder from different angles
Gave me hope every time to keep going
I learned that I am not alone. I learned wonderful valuable resources to help me along on my journey.
I booked a speaker to come in to speak to my classes during mental health week at Walkerville Collegiate Institute. It was very educational and entertaining. Both speakers were very well prepared with their own equipment. I booked the event at the beginning of the week and they were able to accomodate my schedule and come in by the end of that same week. I believe the presentation is very worthwhile and I wish it could be delivered to the entire student body at all highschools.
- Andrea Inglesi
We recently had one of the members of BANA visit my Grade 7 and 8 class to talk to them about self-esteem. This was an excellent presentation, and very important for my students to hear at their age. As many pre-teens and teens struggle with self-esteem, this presentation allowed them the chance to learn about its importance and how to maintain a strong self-esteem despite the world around us. The presenter, Mia, was able to use different techniques to engage the students, using powerpoint, open ended questions and the chance to discuss areas they wished to discussed. She created a comfortable environment for the students to discuss different topics regarding self-esteem. The students developed a great understanding with this presentation to help them in the future, and I would highly recommend this presentation to all!
- Keri Kaufmann,
Kingsville Public School
Mia does an excellent job of capturing the student's attention from the start of the presentation until the end. She shares stories and information that are easy to identify with. The presentation educates it's listeners about self esteem and the importance of a positive body image and the power point presentation is very well organized with interesting and thought provoking information and pictures.
All students can benefit from learning about things like how destructive the media can be for our self esteem. Everyone walks away from Mia's presentation feeling better about who they are...this is invaluable!
We at David Maxwell would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mia and Bana for your incredible program. Our staff and students found our shared time incredibly beneficial. Ironically, we did not anticipate our first session to be so relevant to ALL in attendance. The messages on self-esteem and overall well being were applicable to staff and students alike. The references and images about balance in life left many of us reflective and wondering about our own values and priorities. The information from the presentation helped us reflect on personal well being and health in a way we had not expected. We would love for all of our staff to participate in this meaningful workshop.
Thank you for your investment! We are looking forward to future partnership with BANA! Sincerely,
Grade 8, Teacher, GECDSB
New to Windsor from Barrie, ON, I have been at BANA since January 2014.
I completed my degree in BSc (Human Ecology) Honours Foods and Nutrition at Brescia University College (University of Western Ontario) and my internship at the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program in Barrie.
I live in Windsor with my husband and enjoy travelling and exploring new places and activities. I have grown personally and professionally from working at BANA and look forward to continuing to learn from my colleagues and clients.
Originally from Chatham I have lived in Windsor since 1996. As a graduate of St. Clair College with an Advanced Diploma in Advertising/Business I’ve spent the past 19 years working with a variety of organizations including the MediaDuo Advertising Agency, Dimanti Stone Works, the John McGivney Children’s Centre, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lakeview Montessori School, the Children’s Achievement Centre and KPMG.
Since 2007 I have been the Special Projects Coordinator for the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association where my responsibilities include public relations, media, fundraising, administration and IT services. In addition to my role at BANA, since 2011, I have also been an instructor in St. Clair College’s Advertising program.
As a representative of BANA, I actively participate in several community committees; as Co-Chair of the Service Alliance for Equality (SAFE), as Marketing Chair for Southwestern Ontario in motion and as a committee member for Children’s Fest.
In my personal life along with my wife Lorretta and 2 kids, Zander and Carly I volunteer time with the Emerald Isle Dance Society, The Windsor Feis Association and the Windsor Optimist Youth Band.
I have been working with BANA since Jan 2014 – My journey began with me filling a maternity-leave contract as a clinical therapist for BANA. Since then, I have been offered and have accepted a contract extension, and subsequently a full-time position as a “Clinician” here at BANA.
I am a Registered Social Worker with an Undergraduate and a Masters degree in Psychology, as well as a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with the public and I value what clients can (and have) taught me about strength, struggle and commitment.
I also value a good sense of humor and I enjoy making others laugh.
I am a native of Tecumseh, Ontario and a graduate of the University of Windsor with an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Social Work. I first came to BANA in 2010 as a student intern and have experience working at both Legal Assistance of Windsor and the Windsor/Essex AIDS committee before returning to BANA in 2012 to fill a maternity leave. In 2014, I accepted a full time position at BANA as the Clinical Intake Specialist.
I have a French bulldog named Ruthie and enjoy creative endeavours like art classes.
I currently reside in Comber Ontario with my husband, 2 children and our 2 Labs Daisy and Cookie. I am a graduate of the University of Windsor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.
I began my work with BANA in 2004 as a student and became a full time employee in 2006. I have previous experience working at a crisis centre, as well as training and experience group and individual therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, sewing and learning to crochet.
I grew up in Windsor, Ontario and attended Holy Names high school as well as the University of Windsor and St. Clair College. I completed the five year Concurrent B.A/B.Ed/ECE program in 2013.
I worked as an ECE for the WECDSB during the 2013-2014 school year and in the summer of 2014 I accepted the position of Health Promotion Educator with BANA. It has been an exciting and rewarding learning experience for me!
In my time outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and living a balanced, active lifestyle.
I am a graduate from St. Clair College in Business Administration-Accounting and the University of Windsor with a degree in Business Management. I am certified in CGA (Certified General Accountant) and CPA (Certified Professional Accountant).
I joined BANA in 2007 and I’m currently working as an accountant. In addition to the accounting work, I am responsible for the government reporting for BANA.
I am a mother of two boys, 17 and 12, with a busy schedule. Whenever I find a time I enjoy watching TV shows, and talking to my parents who live overseas.
I am a mother, a wife, a leader, an educator and a motivator with a GREAT passion for life. I was born in Romania and lived in Montreal, QC for some of my childhood years. I have spent the majority of my life in Windsor- a community that is diverse and has so much to offer. I graduated from the University of Windsor in Psychology with a minor in French.
I started at BANA over 11 years ago as the Health Promotion Manager (prevention), which is an area that I am extremely passionate about. In 2012, I was appointed as the Interim Executive Director at BANA. It is a privilege to be in this position and to work with the amazing board, staff, funders and community partners who are all so dedicated to this important work. I sit on a number of committees, which allows me to engage and learn more about our community.
I am married to Tony and have 2 children Gabriela and Antonio who are my world. I love to travel and see the world from my own lens. I enjoy going for walks and spending time with family and friends. I value the community I live in and try to make a difference whenever and whenever I can.