Trail Project – Storywalk

StoryWalk

Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time!

Guided Poetry Walk with Sheniz Janmohamed

Sheniz Janmohamed was born and raised in Tkaronto with ancestral ties to Kenya and India. A poet, nature artist and arts educator, she regularly visits schools and community organizations to teach and perform.  Her nature art has been featured across Turtle Island, including the National Arts Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. She has performed her work in venues across the world and has three poetry collections  Bleeding Light (2010), Firesmoke (2014) and Reminders on the Path (2021).

A recipient of the Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship, Sheniz holds an Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the Royal Conservatory.  She is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration and creativity. She recently served as the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (Winter/Spring 2022) . She is the founder and facilitator of Owning our Stories, the first writing circle of its kind for South Asian women in Ontario.

Trail Project Poetry Walk Authors - Sheniz

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MPL Trail Project

The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature while attracting visitors to the two main streets.

Guided Poetry Walk with Deborah Kerbel

Deborah Kerbel is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of more than twenty books for young people. From graphic novels to non-fiction, picture books to middle grade and YA, her work has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association’s YA Book Award, and the Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award, among many others. Born in a future police station in London, England and raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, her favourite hobbies are reading, writing, cooking, and walking her dog. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario with her husband, two teens, and a rescue Schnoodle named Freddie.

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MPL Trail Project

The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature while attracting visitors to the two main streets.

Guided Poetry Walk with Candace Morrison

Candace Morrison, RMT, BSc. Biology, 750RYT, is a scientist, wellness practitioner and advocate and a member of the Gitxsan First Nation. She is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy, and works with patients with a variety of presentations including; spinal cord injury, stress, sports injuries, multiple sclerosis, and circulation issues. Her diverse skill-set includes relaxation focus massage, rehabilitation and recovery, as well as a maintenance approach, depending on patient goals. She is also an experienced anatomy educator and certified Hatha Yoga instructor, who brings her science background to yoga. Her focus is to bring an evidence-based approach to yoga as she brings her pursuit of life-long learning and knowledge of the human body to teach how asana and meditation impact the body systems. After receiving her HBSc in Biology with a focus on the biology of stress. She has also completed her Advanced Diploma in Biotechnology. She is the owner of the Yoga Room in Ajax, ON, a community-based yoga space focused on inclusion and community building.

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MPL Trail Project

The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature while attracting visitors to the two main streets.

Chanel Rose Chow

Chanel Rose Chow is a Toronto based author and music educator. She has recently published her first children’s book, The Mouse in The Mouse in Beethoven’s House. She has a Bachelor of Music, specializing in music education, from the University of Toronto, and is pursuing a Master of Teaching. Chanel is afraid of all bugs except for the Little Caterpillar and her friends.

MPL Trail Project

The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature while attracting visitors to the two main streets.

Ashoke Mohanraj

Ashoke Mohanraj is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability with a specialization in Environmental Assessment and Ecological Restoration & Rehabilitation. He currently works as an Environmental Consultant specializing in water, energy, and real property. Ashoke has also been actively involved in social innovation and international diplomacy through various start-ups and delegations to international climate negotiations such as COP26. This past summer he published his first children's book, “Pollinator Man”, which teaches children the importance of pollinator conservation but also aims to bridge the gap between masculinity and environmentalism. Ashoke was just recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by The Starfish Canada.

MPL Trail Project

The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature while attracting visitors to the two main streets. Programs include Escape to Main Street, a geocaching activity that will take people through the trails and main streets in search of clues, Indigenous eco-tours and guided storywalks highlighting diverse local artists inspired by the natural and cultural beauty of the area.

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