Recognized as Top Charity in Canada

Published by Maclean's, Trails ranked 2nd in the youth category and 4th overall of Canada's Best Charities. The Canada's Best Charities 2020 list helps Canadians evaluate where to allocate charity contributions. Our inclusion on this highly respected list validates Trails impact with a 95% grade. The Charity Intelligence assessment investigates financial metrics and transparency, rewarding those with the most effective use of donations.

Micah Nelson

Alumni Committee

Micah joined Trails as a participant in 1996.  After graduating, Micah continued to maintain a close relationship to the Trails family. She became a Trails bursary recipient, a part-time employee as a youth Facilitator and a graduate Mentor.

Deeply inspired by her Trails experience, Micah studied International Development Studies then went on to become an elementary school teacher, a yoga instructor and natural health practitioner. With her combination of skills she began a wellness and education business called Balance First Workshops. She shares her mindfulness practices and yoga with students in the TDSB and at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment.


McGill University- B.A. Honours, International Development Studies

Humber College- Post-graduate Certificate, International Project Management

University of Toronto (OISE)- Bachelor of Education

Owner of Balance First Workshops - Wellness and education business