Trail Talk Live: #Blahs2Ahhhs 2023 Edition

A group of adults enjoying a snowy walk on snowshoes down a wintry path

Date and time

February 15, 2023
12:00 pm



A discussion about the importance of winter wellness and how getting outside can benefit both your mental and
physical health.


Are you tired of feeling a little stuck inside and restless this winter? Getting outside and enjoying the colder weather can actually be really good for your overall health. Fresh air, sunny skies, sparkling snow and the sound of your boots forging new paths through a winter wonderland – what could be better?

Join Trans Canada Trail President & CEO, Eleanor McMahon in discussion with Tareq Hadhad the Founder & CEO, Peace by Chocolate and Melanie Vogel a Trans Canada Trail Pathfinder and Epic Adventurer, as they share their ideas and insights on how to make the most out of the winter months.


Trans Canada Trail’s Blahs to Ahhhs Winter wellness campaign and Trail Talk Live series is presented by TD Bank Group.

Une édition française de Parlons Sentier en direct avec comme invités Christiana Desroches et Stéphane Tellier et animée par Mathieu Roy est disponible ici.


Presented by:

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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.

tareq hadadTareq Hadhad

Founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate

He is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate. Among his many accomplishments, he is the recipient of an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Atlantic award, was named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in the Maritimes, was selected by Google as a National Hero Case, was awarded RBC’s Top Immigrant Award and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020, and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.

Passionate about peace and entrepreneurship, Tareq and his family focus on job creation, utilizing a network of local community members and refugees from across Nova Scotia and Canada to help support the local economy.

Melanie VogelMelanie Vogel

Melanie Vogel is a solo adventurer who travelled the world extensively before she stepped on the Trans Canada Trail to begin her longest journey to date. Born and raised in Germany, she immigrated to Canada and decided to get to know this country by walking across it.

On June 2, 2017, Melanie dipped her toes in the Atlantic and thus began a 28,000-km journey that would take her across Canada, from coast to coast to coast! In Manitoba, she was joined by Malo, a yellow husky-lab, who accompanied her for thousands of kilometres, all the way to the conclusion of this epic hike – at the Trail’s west coast Point Zero in Victoria, BC, on November 12, 2022.