"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 channelled pain into performance. A serious injury sparked an agonizing downward spiral. Misdiagnosed and medically drugged, her ability to function deteriorated. She became homeless, struggling with addiction and devastating iatrogenic harm. In the aftermath, Meaghan realized diagnoses and drugs were not her cure. She broke free, regained her health and sought a different path.
Meaghan's life now reflects her passions. Fostering transformative journeys of self-discovery, she guides individuals and groups through challenging environments, be they wild spaces or medical realms. Whatever their mountain, she helps clients develop the skills required to navigate with courage, resilience and strength.
A professional wilderness guide, Meaghan leads multi-week expeditions for youth and adults in remote mountain and coastal terrain. She instructs for Outward Bound Canada, leads Island Alpine Guides women's hiking programs, and guides in the Canadian arctic with Black Feather. 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 backcountry adventures. Meaghan is a Raven Rescue Wilderness Medical instructor and a member of Campbell River Search and Rescue.
A sought mental health speaker, writer and activist, Meaghan combines professional expertise with meticulous research and compelling anecdotes. Originally trained in veterinary medicine, she returned to school to complete a degree in Biological and 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 harmful psychiatric practices; including coercive treatments, institutionalized abuse and sexual violence in therapeutic settings. She is writing a critical memoir of her journey through the same, titled "Contesting the Chemical Cure".
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."