#Blahs2Ahhhs Virtual Panel Discussion

Date and time

February 2, 2022
12:00 pm



Three expert panelists will share their ideas and insights on how to make the most out of the winter months.



While winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Canada, the cold and lack of sun can trigger feelings of sadness and loneliness. This winter brings yet another level of anxiety as it’s the second winter that people are staying home to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

But did you know that getting outside, even for just a few minutes, can be a real mental health booster? It’s true!

Join Valerie Pringle as she moderates a discussion with Dr. Melissa Lem the Founder and Director of Park Prescriptions (PaRx), Fatimah Mulla a counsellor at Kids Help Phone and Eleanor McMahon the President & CEO of Trans Canada Trail, as they share their ideas and insights on how to make the most out of the winter months and beat the winter blahs.


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Valerie PringleValerie Pringle

Chair, CAMH Foundation Board & Former Chair, Trans Canada Trail Foundation Board

Valerie Pringle has enjoyed a distinguished career as a broadcaster and journalist for 50 years. She was a well-known anchor of two national news programs – Midday on CBC and Canada AM on CTV where she covered major stories of the day, from national elections and Royal weddings to space launches and natural disasters.

Valerie has taken her leadership skills to the non-profit world. She has championed AIDS research for CANFAR, not only raising valuable funds but working to remove the stigma from the disease. She also played a key role in building the Trans Canada Trail across the country, working for more than 20 years to realize its vision. And she has been a tireless advocate for the treatment of mental illness, currently serving as Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation.


Eleanor McMahonEleanor McMahon

President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail

Eleanor McMahon has over 35 years’ experience within the private, public and non-profit sectors. She spent the early years of her career working on Parliament Hill, including as press secretary to the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien. Later, she brought her consensus-building 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 from 2014 to 2018, and served in Cabinet as Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as President of the Treasury Board.


Dr. Melissa LemDr. Melissa Lem

Founder and Director of Park Prescriptions (PaRx)

Dr. Lem is Founder and Director of Park Prescriptions (PaRx) for the BC Parks Foundation and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Her work as a family physician spans urban and rural practice within British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. She is also President-elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and is a long-time advocate for the health benefits of time spent in nature, and for urban greening and ecosystem conservation.

A senior writer for the CBC, her work has been widely published by media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, The Narwhal, National Observer and Alternatives Journal. She was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit lifestyle show Steven and Chris for four seasons and continues to appear on air as a regular contributor to CBC Radio and CTV News.


Fatimah MullaFatimah Mulla

Kids Help Phone Counsellor

Fatimah Mulla is an Addictions and Mental Health Counsellor. She currently works at Kids Help Phone and Canadian Muslim Counselling. She really enjoys working with clients to reach their short-term and long-term wellness goals.

When she’s not working, you can expect her to be spending time with her loved ones and enjoying the great outdoors!