The Woodstone Residence is the product of nearly a decade of work begun by three women who experienced firsthand the harm that eating disorders can do to individuals and families, as well as the difficulty of finding and accessing appropriate care. As parents, they struggled to find treatments that would help their adolescent daughters, each of whom suffered from anorexia nervosa. After sharing the experience of having to send their children to the United States for residential care, Cindy Dobbe, Deborah Grimm and Dolores Elliot formed the non-profit Looking Glass Foundation to begin advocating for a wider variety of accessible eating disorders treatment in British Columbia.
Since its creation, the Looking Glass Foundation has provided information, community-based education, television public service spots, a summer camp for young women with eating disorders, and support, encouragement and counselling for sufferers and caregivers.
In cooperation and consultation with experts both locally and around the globe, the Looking Glass Foundation is now fulfilling its ultimate objective by supporting the development of the Woodstone Residence, a unique residential treatment centre in Canada designed specifically for young people with eating disorders.