Get Active, Explore Nature, and Connect with Others
February 25-26, 2017
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
More than 70 people attended Mood Walks Summit 2017 to discuss key outcomes from the project and explore new ideas around diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, and campus mental health.
The summit, held February 25 and 26 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, enabled dialogue among program leaders, youth participants, mental health professionals, volunteers and community members, as well as opportunities to map new partnership paths that support mental wellness through the “green lift” of nature-related programs. The summit was an opportunity to share stories, meet new people, and learn more about the connections between mental health, nature, and physical activity.
The first day of the event started with a pre-conference that enabled 14 participants to earn their Hike Leader Certification through Hike Ontario. Other attendees took part in a day of interactive workshops on graphic design storytelling, nature-based art, mental health stigma in northern communities and making a “Play for Nature.”
The second day began with an inspiring video message from Sophie Grégoire Trudeau recognizing the value of Mood Walks and getting active outdoors. The summit was held in collaboration with the three project partner organizations – CMHA Ontario, Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario.