What We Do

Our Work

WaterStone Foundation has a vision of creating healthy lives free from eating disorders. Our programs target gaps in existing services by supporting new and innovative programs to support individuals in need. We invest donor dollars where the need is greatest and the outcomes are most profound.

We work tirelessly with our Board, partners, volunteers and donors to drive progress and target gaps in existing services, by supporting new and innovative programs to help individuals in need.

Our focus is on:

Financial Aid Program

Since our founding, WaterStone Foundation has provided funding to who cannot access treatment in the public system and do not have the financial means to access private treatment.

To date, we have provided assistance to 44 individuals

While new applications are not currently being received, we continue to support many individuals who received grants in 2021.

Thank you to RBC and our donors for making this critical assistance possible.

Program Success Stories

“Before Waterstone Foundation, I felt hopeless in overcoming my eating disorder. I am proud to say I am two years in remission and fully enjoying my life."


Building Capacity and Knowledge at Public Institutions

The WaterStone Foundation Student Support Program will provide funding to hire a dedicated eating disorder therapist to provide treatment and support to students in need free of charge for as long as they need it.  To start, the program will be made available at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and George Brown College.  WaterStone hopes to fund additional campuses in future. 

Over the last 6 years, WaterStone Foundation has provided 7 grants to expand capacity and improve treatment outcomes at publicly-funded institutions.

Through these grants, WaterStone worked collaboratively with a range of publicly-funded programs to expand treatment capacity, pilot new initiatives and provide funding to individuals in need. Examples of programs we funded include:

Funding the Multi Family Group Therapy Program in Partnership with Southlake Regional Health Centre

This group provides critical treatment which simultaneously supports multiple families with children at different stages of recovery. This approach allows for a reduction of wait times (by over 29%!) and ensures quick, efficient delivery of treatment. Dr. Boachie of Southlake Regional Health Centre shares that WaterStone’s funding “has provided access to this specialized program for 31 families, approximately double the number that would be usual.”

Supporting Patients with Co-current Conditions in Partnership with Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital

Eating disorders are often accompanied by other health conditions, including addiction and trauma. Studies find that 35-40% of patients suffering from eating disorders also suffer from current or past post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). WaterStone funded the development of a PTSD program at Toronto General Hospital, which enables the hospital to “build and strengthen the types of treatment and programs we offer,” according to Dr. Trottier and Dr. Olmsted of the Eating Disorder Program.

Supporting the “Day Program” in Partnership with Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

When WaterStone Foundation learned that funding for CHEO’s successful “Day Program” would be cut, we sprang into action. Statistics showed that extending the program to cover dinner was essential for patient success. “The generous funding provided by WaterStone Foundation allowed the Day Treatment Eating Disorder Program to expand our services to a model whereby meal and psychological support are now offered throughout the entire day,” CHEO shares, adding that “funding has been paramount in helping better serve the needs of patients and families affected by life-threatening eating disorders.”

Please note that WaterStone will not be providing capacity grants in 2020.

Building Awareness & Knowledge through Workshops and Events

  • In 2021, we called on the public to Raise Their Voice in support of over 900,000 Ontarians living with an eating disorder by sending a letter to their MP to make eating disorders a priority in Ontario.
Dr. Madalyn Marcus (centre) has hosted many of WaterStone Foundation’s educational workshops.
  • In 2018 and 2019, we delivered workshops to more than 1,400 individuals, providing education and actionable tools about prevention, detection and treatment of eating disorders.
  • Workshops were delivered by eating disorder clinical experts at high schools, colleges, universities and community hospitals in Ontario.

Attendees included Educators, who are often the first point of contact with children, and youth experiencing an eating disorder but may not know how to recognize the signals or symptoms.  Thanks to the generous support of RBC and our donors for making this program possible.