Thank you for joining our expert panel discussion on boosting your mental health this winter

It’s winter. It can be cold. It gets dark early. 

The thought of going outside may not be too enticing BUT did you know that participating in outdoor activities can be a real mental health booster? It’s true!

We kicked off our #Blahs2Ahhhs campaign on February 1 with a livestream expert panel discussion on boosting your mental health this winter. Our four experts shared their ideas and insights on how to make the most of the winter months.

Thank you for joining us, and don’t worry if you missed the livestream – you can still view it below!

Dr. Katy Kamkar

Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a Clinical Psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She serves on multiple Boards of Directors, sharing her deep knowledge on topics related to mental health. 

Her expert insights are also features regularly by nation media outlets. Dr. Kamkar’s areas of specialty include Workplace Mental Health, Stress/Anxiety Management, Work/Life Balance and Building Resiliency; Disability Management and Evidence-Based Best Practice Guidelines/Policies for Return to Work/Stay at Work for Workers with Mental Health Conditions; and on Occupational Trauma, Operational Stress Injuries and Resiliency. 

Mercedes Nicoll

4x Canadian Winter Olympian 

Mercedes Nicoll is a 5x National Champion, has eight World Cup podiums and represented Team Canada at four Winter Olympic Games in snowboard halfpipe. She is Chair of the Canada Snowboard Athletes Council with a seat on the Canada Snowboard Board of Directors. Mercedes shares her story of mental health challenges after experiencing a devastating crash at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games which resulted in a serious concussion. She also hosts the DROPPING INpodcast with Mercedes Nicoll. Mercedes has been a Great Trail ambassador since 2016. 

Eleanor McMahon

President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail 

Eleanor McMahon joined Trans Canada Trail as President & CEO in 2020, bringing her expertise and over 30 years of experience within the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is an active outdoors enthusiast and a passionate advocate for the safety of cyclists, founding the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in 2008. After serving as press secretary to the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, she brought her know-how to a variety of other roles, including Director of Public Affairs at the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Vice-President at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President at United Way Ottawa. She was elected the MPP for Burlington, ON from 2014 to 2018, and served as Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as President of the Treasury Board. 

Moderated by:

Valerie Pringle

Chair, Trans Canada Trail Foundation Board
Vice-Chair, CAMH Foundation Board

Valerie is one of Canada’s most respected broadcasters, public figures and volunteers. She hosted current affairs programs on CBC, CTV and Discovery, including Midday, Canada AM and Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University.

How you can help:

Donate today!

More Canadians than ever are turning to their local sections of the Trail as a way to support their mental and physical health. The availability of safe and healthy outdoor spaces is allowing us to stay connected at a time when we are all being encouraged to stay home. Your support today will help repair damaged sections of Trail and will ensure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for all.


Help spread the word!

Share how you turn your winter #Blahs2Ahhhs on FacebookTwitter and InstagramGet outside, safely and responsibly, and share how you turn those winter #Blahs2Ahhhs. Please remember to keep a distance of at least two metres from anyone that is not a member of your own household – and always wear masks if you can’t.