Recently our courageous president, Angela Rinaldis, was interviewed in a blog called A Year of Making a Difference, in which Angela shares stories of her success as a lawyer and as an entrepreneur with her own health food line, and her audacious goals for Project True.

We’ve shared the first part of the interview below, but you can read the entire interview here.

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A self-professed type A personality, Angela Rinaldis’ words flow with the speed of coins pouring out of the winning slot machine into the hands of a happy gambler. I am like that gambler, fingers poised over my keyboard, typing furiously as I try to keep pace with Angela’s words, eager to capture every idea.

On the day we are speaking she has just launched a new line of health foods specializing in organic, gluten free breakfast cereals, her criminal law practice is busy and she’s working on fund-raising for the Project True Centre for Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery.

She is busy. And she loves it.

And she’s making a difference.

“My heart swells every time we reach out to a person,” she tells me. And reach out she does, constantly.

Project True is the brain child of her own struggles with an eating disorder.

At 16 her struggle with food began to take on a life of its own. “I was a food hoarder and I wouldn’t even eat it,” she says with a laugh. “You’ve no idea how many Lagostina pots I’ve ruined scrubbing them and scrubbing them. I used to take butter out of the fridge wearing rubber gloves because I was convinced that somehow the fat would seep into my body and make me fat.”

Eventually, anorexia nervosa began to take its toll as it inevitably does. “I was in my final exams at law school. I was so tired. I weighed 80 lbs and am 5′ 8 1/2″. I had 8% body fat and bruises all down my spine from my backpack. I couldn’t sit, my bones rubbed everywhere. I asked the school for a deferment on some of my exams but wasn’t given the opportunity. I finished my last exam, packed up my backpack and went straight to my endocrinologist. I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

She was 26 years old. Eight years later she’s still fighting the fight, doing her utmost to live eating disorder free.

Recovery from an eating disorder is a long road and if she has her way, through Project True, recovery will be easier for women and men everywhere.

“I won’t rest until we open the Day Centre at Project True,” she says, and I imagine her eyes burning brightly. I imagine her wielding the giant scissors to cut the red tape. I imagine men and women knowing there is a place where they can get the help and support they need.

Angela Rinaldis has a vision and it is coming true.

I know this even though I am only on the phone with her for half an hour. I know this because Angela is committed, impassioned, courageous. And she’s surrounded herself and Project True with a board and volunteers that will see this through.

Not only is she a woman of conviction, she’s smart, talented and driven to succeed, not only for herself but for the thousands of women and men who suffer from disordered eating everywhere, in the Lower Mainland of B.C. where Project True is establishing its roots and all across this nation and all around the world.

“We’re so far behind in best practices,” she tells me. “You should see what they’re doing in Germany, Sweden, Australia. We need to catch up.”

And catch-up they will.

 

Read the rest of Angela’s inspiring interview here.