Meghan is making an impact.

“Meghan came to Up and Running Guelph as a volunteer in 2017 and immediately wowed me with her passion for the cause, her kindness and genuinely caring nature, her commitment to our participants, and her absolute dedication to helping our organization grow and sustain its impact in the community.” says Shirley Hunt, Executive Director, Co-Founder, Up and Running Guelph.

Up and Running Guelph is a not-for-profit organization that delivers friendly and supportive running and walking programs for women looking to improve their mental well being. The programs harness the benefits of exercise, nature, and social connections to provide a boost for women managing their mental health, and a companion to other treatments.

Meghan Muffels became involved in Up and Running at its inception and upon learning about this unique program, immediately knew it was a great concept to get behind.  When Meghan’s friend put a call out to her friends and contacts for community members to be involved in the advisory committee, she did not hesitate to volunteer.  “I wanted to be a part of what I knew would be an amazing program to help women manage their mental health.” says Meghan.

Shirley continues “It was after spending some time with Meghan in her role as treasurer of our Board, and through her involvement in multiple aspects of our organization’s development, that I came to know how highly skilled and knowledgeable Meghan is, and how lucky we were that she chose to volunteer with Up and Running. As we enter our 5th year of programming, it’s high time we celebrate Meghan and all that she’s given to Up and Running. We would not be where we are now without her years of incredible service! “

Meghan is grateful for the personal growth through her volunteer experience.  “I have learned so much about the not-for-profit sector and about the science and research related to mental health, exercise and nature. I have been able to use skills that were developed through other work experience, but in new and more rewarding ways.”  Meghan recognizes the purpose Up & Running has given her which has allowed her to help others with health and fitness.

On her down time Meghan likes spending time with her husband and two young sons.  “We enjoy board games and, of course, being active outdoors!  We enjoy hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and biking.”  When she is on her own, she enjoys running and hiking on trails and paddling on her SUP.  “I also enjoy reading and travelling (can’t wait until we can do that again when the pandemic is over!).”

Thank you, Meghan, your efforts make an impact in our community. Learn more about Up and Running Guelph; get involved, it’s good for you!

Posted on April 1, 2021

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