The prioritization of wellness while exploring nature for all persons, through safe and responsible recreation.

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Vickie (Walsh) Lanthier

Storyteller. Adventurer.

I’m a 14 yr military veteran who works as an IT consultant by day, completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2020, and runs GirlGoneGood® in my spare time. Admittedly sounds like an odd mix of interests; however adventure, media, and health are the backbone of GirlGoneGood®.

As a frequent wanderer and avid day hiker with over 20 yrs experience, I understand how intimidating new trails can be if you don’t have all the information to properly prepare. The resources here help bridge that gap so that you can experience the immense benefit to our well- being that nature provides, while engaging in safe and responsible recreation.

 

Contact

If you would like to request an interview for a story, podcast, or video.

If you are looking to collaborate on an upcoming project/event or a consultation that aligns with our values and focuses on mental health, conservation, well-being, and inclusivity and accessibility.

If you are looking for a specific hiking resource and can’t find it on the Wilderness page.

If you noticed an error, are offering feedback, or have a general inquiry.

You can reach Vickie by email at victoria@girlgonegood.com

Speaking Engagements

Vickie offers captivating talks to promote wellness and wilderness that combine her gift for storytelling and her passion for wellness.

Topics

1) Wellness (burnout, trauma/mass casualty incident experiences)

2) Wilderness (Southeastern Ontario hiking, responsible recreation, safe hiking, Ottawa-area trail recommendations).

My Story

1997

1997

Joined the Canadian Armed Forces
1998

1998

Armoured Vehicle Accident
1999

1999

Op Toucan + 1st MCI (East Timor)
2002

2002

The Skyhawks
2003

2003

Op Apollo (Afghanistan)

2005

2005

Op Augural (Senegal)

2009

2009

Op Athena (Afghanistan)

2011

2011

Released from Canadian Armed Forces

2011.2

2011

Eat, Pray, Love in Southeast Asia
2012

2011

Started GirlGoneGood.com

2016

2016

Burnout and financial struggles
2019

2019

Wrote ‘A Guide to Hiking’ and raised 12k for charity

2020

2020

Graduate from uOttawa BScN

2021

2021

Local hiking and MCI speaker

2022

2022

Will publish ‘Life by a Thousand Little Cuts’

Life by a Thousand Cuts (working title) in 2023.

In Life by a Thousand Little Cuts, readers are taken through a collection of lived experiences. Each tale offers a raw and honest glimpse into a life well lived, through the challenges and traumas. It explores the guiding principles of her life, the ones that have made navigating extraordinary life changes possible. Vickie writes as she speaks, with relatable humility, humour, and passion.

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