Challenging Eating Disorders
The Arbutus Legend
The Arbutus tree is one of knowledge, depth and integrity. It stands in its splendour symbolizing protection, safety and belonging. Its branches twist and turn constantly searching for the sunlight. Poet Richard Olafson writes, "The Arbutus tree's webbed roots hold the splintered earth together." Salish legend states, that during the Great Flood, the Arbutus tree saved many lives by providing an anchor, solid branches for canoes to be held sturdy, rooted and safe. The Arbutus Collective consists of colleagues, who guide those in need, struggling with body image distortion, low self-esteem and disordered eating, towards healthy, happy balance. We do so with the integrity, passion and safety of the Arbutus tree.
Our Declaration of Principles
As a collective, we are joined together in singularity, working as one to help others in need. We possess critical awareness of the social, individual, and systemic factors that contribute to disordered eating. As individual practitioners we each possess a unique perspective derived from our own life experiences, and make the responsible choice to operate by the following principles:
We place ourselves in the active role of making community connections in order to promote a collaborative effort among community leaders, professionals, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, citizens, and other like-minded practitioners. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to change the perception about eating disorders in our community by mediating the relationship between disordered behaviour and its contributing factors. We are committed to this task by creating a dialogue between individuals and their communities.