"When you're standing on one mountain and you want to reach the next, there's only one way: Through the valley between the peaks.”
A member of the Canadian inline speed skating national team (2000-2012), Meaghan Buisson was the first Canadian to compete professionally on the World Inline Cup Circuit. She is a 47-time National champion, a 16-time Canadian record holder, 11-time international medalist; and the current world recorder in the solo marathon time trial.
Her athletic accomplishments masked a history of sexual abuse as a young athlete by a trusted coach. For over a decade, Meaghan coped by channeling pain into performance. Unrelenting injuries and unresolved traumas sparked an agonizing downward spiral.
Misdiagnosed and overmedicated, Meaghan's ability to function deteriorated. She struggled to cope; suffering addiction, homelessness and devastating iatrogenic harms. In the aftermath, Meaghan realized diagnoses and drugs were not her solution. She spoke out against perpetrators, then sought a different path.
Her life now reflects her passions and strengths. Through wild spaces and medical realms, Meaghan guides journeys of discovery while keeping people safe.
A professional wilderness guide, Meaghan leads challenging multi-week expeditions for youth and adults through remote mountain and coastal terrain. She instructs for Outward Bound Canada, runs Island Alpine Guides women's hiking programs, and guides in the Canadian arctic with Blackfeather. Meaghan is a Leave-No-Trace Master Educator and teaches outdoor education at several Pacific Northwest schools. She facilitates workshops helping women develop the competency and confidence to successfully plan and pursue their own backcountry adventures. Meaghan is a Raven Rescue Wilderness Medical instructor and a member of Campbell River Search and Rescue.
An articulate speaker and author, Meaghan weaves together broad expertise, meticulous research and compelling insight. Trained in veterinary medicine, she returned to school to complete a degree in Life Sciences. Her research capstone challenged the evidence base and frontline use of psychiatric drugs. Spanning conventional medicine, critical psychiatry and contemporary psychedelics, Meaghan's perspectives on mental health care are nuanced and well informed. She is internationally engaged in efforts to end institutionalized abuse and sexual violence in psychotherapeutic settings; and is a featured contributor for the science, psychiatry and social justice webzine, Mad In America. Meaghan is pursuing a graduate degree in Psychotherapy and Spirituality; and paramedic training in pre-hospital EMS care.
Meaghan is a Member of the Province of Manitoba’s Order of Sport Excellence and the recipient of the Alpine Club of Canada’s Karl Nagy Memorial Award. She is the founder and past Executive Director of an award-winning national charity focused on youth mental health.
Meaghan is biographied in "The Ten Most Inspiring Canadians."