Martin Trahan

Originally from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Martin is a passionate, dreaming and sometimes idealist person. He loves to be surprised, getting out of his comfort zone, placing himself in difficult situations and being pushed to live adventures that give him a good shot of adrenalin. Nature, the outdoors and sports  are necessary to his life in order to feel complete.

In 1999, he achieves one of the greatest challenges of his young adult life; participating in the Katimavik youth program. This experience changed his life forever. It let him to find balance on a personal level as well as on a professional level and to connect with his role of citizen of the world. It is through this experience that he was initiated to canoe and expeditions. In 2002, he takes part in another adventure: Canada World Youth. He certainly developed many aptitudes and an expertise to create and maintain a harmonious group dynamic. He considers that there is a cause to every problem and to every behavior. He prefers to use his time trying to better understand his pairs and expand his empathy.

In 2006, Martin begins his professional career in social work. Through his professional experiences, he has been brought to work with young children, teenagers, families and elderly people. He took pleasure in making a difference in their lives and getting involved in causes he considered, and still considers to this day, noble. Human relations bring him an intellectual stimulation that favors personal growth. He realized through his experiences that not every one is born with equal chances. This is one of the reasons he wishes to associate himself with the Kéno Foundation to help less favored children live memorable camp experiences.

For a few years now, Martin travels Quebec in search of the nicest whitewater rivers. Throughout the years, he was able to perfect his canoeing skills and the art of camping in remote areas. Martin certainly doesn’t consider himself an expert of canoe camping but a student with a thirst for knowledge. He considers himself privileged to have been a witness of so many astounding views and sceneries, to have been able to observe the Quebec wild-life and to have lived many epic moments on rivers such as the Assomption river, the Diable, the Bonaventure, noire, Dumoine, Coulonge, Rouge, Grande Boucle de la Chochocouane, the Moisie and the Ashapmushuan rivers.

On the Blue Gold Paths is for him the achievement of a dream he has had for five years now. He likes to say this is the expedition of a lifetime. An occasion to reconnect with the Earth, the environment. Against the waves, the wind and the storms, he will paddle. The adventurer, the one who knows how to flow with the river, who pushed his canoe pass borders, who knows the song of the loons and hears the wolves late in the night…and who gets up in the morning mist. Under the moonlight, camped on a hill overlooking lakes and rivers, he dreams: feelings of sudden freedom, the smell of the great outdoors, of vast plains and of enchanted forests.Marty Chapeau



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