Through local non-profit, Street to Trail, you are invited to attend a panel discussion with experts from different backgrounds who will talk about how nature can have an influential impact on addressing some of our most crucial social, emotional, and environmental needs. They will share lessons, tools and tips, while answering any questions about their experiences.
For nearly two decades, Street to Trail has been increasing accessibility to nature. Partnering with social service agencies across the city, Street to Trail takes homeless and marginalized adults in Toronto on day hikes and multi-day camping excursions outside of the city, enabling participants to build self-conﬁdence and community while receiving the physical and mental health beneﬁts of nature.
Attend this event, take part in the discussion, and participate in our fundraising to help Street to Trail bring the transformative power of nature to those who need it most.
Amanda Dam, Msc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist, CAMH
Amanda graduated from University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2006. She has 18 years experience working in the Forensic Mental Health program at CAMH providing treatment for clients under the Ontario Review Board. Amanda recently partnered with Top Rail Stables to create an equine assisted learning program for inpatients and outpatients, and is currently co-investigating a qualitative study on experiences of recovery for forensic mental health patients and staff participating in the program.
Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND
NDNaturopathic Doctor, Author, and Faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Dr. Cyndi Gilbert, ND is a naturopathic doctor, author, and plant whisperer, who has been studying trees and plant medicine since she first sat under the maple tree and ate red clover flowers out of her yard as a child. Faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she taught botanical medicine and naturopathic philosophy for over 10 years. She presently supervises naturopathic interns at a community health centre working with underserved patients.
Drop-in Coordinator, Sistering
Melody Grant has spent her career giving voice to women whose voices are seldom heard, advocating for low barrier services, with a focus on lived experience and expertise. As Drop In Coordinator, Melody ensures that programs and services recognize the physical and emotional needs of a diverse population with empathy and compassion, building a safe, nonjudgmental and inclusive community where all women are respected, valued, and treated with dignity.
Program Manager, Street to Trail
For the last two and a half years, Bretton has worked as the Program Manager at Street to Trail. Working closely with partnering social service agencies, Bretton organizes and facilitates day hikes and overnight camping trips for adults experiencing homelessness and marginalization in Toronto. Bretton also works as a Mental Health/Guidance Counsellor at the Boundless Live-In School, situated just south of the East Gate of Algonquin Prov. Park.
We will be providing some cold beverages from High Park Brewery; please bring your own cup, mug, or mason jar to help with keeping our events low-waste!
Street to Trail relies on donations from individuals like you to keep their programs operational. We will be accepting donations on behalf of Street to Trail for a chance to win some great prizes!