PowHERhouse welcomes filmmaker Dianne Whelan home

JANUARY 2022 | Artist of Impact Update - After six years, filmmaker and author Dianne Whelan is now home on the Sunshine Coast, BC

Award-winning filmmaker and multimedia artist, Dianne Whelan, arrived home in early August 2021 after her monumental trip across the world’s longest recreational trail, the Trans Canada Trail, which connects the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans. Dianne is the first person to complete the water and land trails of this epic traverse of Canada, and now she's back home to write about it in her upcoming book and feature documentary. CBS News interview here.

'Dee' has been filming along her ecological and reconciliation pilgrimage for 500 Days in the Wild, an artist’s journey to look for lost wisdom on the world’s longest trail. A story that calls us back to a place of reverence for the earth. 

View full press release details here. View Q&A's with Dianne here.

"I am an artist of settler descent. My mother is Acadian with ancestral roots on this land that go back to the 1600s and my father is a Newfoundlander whose ancestors arrived from Ireland in the early 1800s. On this journey, I wanted to pay my respect to Indigenous people on this land whose ancestors date back 10,000 years. I was taught there is no word for forgiveness in the Mi’kmaq language, the literal translation of the word means, to make things right. I hope what I have carried in my heart on this journey and the art made from it will be a ripple on those healing waters."

~ Dianne Whelan

PowHERhouse is pleased to have worked closely to support Dianne over the past six years of her journey and now moving forward as an Impact Producer for her future documentary, building relationships, support, momentum, and awareness throughout the film's production and launch. 

We hope you'll consider joining us as a Mothers of the Film, details below. This year, we're excited to launch regular virtual creativity meet-ups with our Mothers as well as live event with Dee late Summer 2022.

You can now play a significant support role in support of indie film and help us fundraise for this project. Receive a tax-deductible receipt for your contribution to creative impact through the artistry of filmmaking. Together, we can provide the opportunity for complete creative control to remain in the hands of Dianne as a truly independent filmmaker and her amazing team of producers, editors, interns, and of course, impact champions.


1. Make a $1,000 one-time tax-deductible impact investment to help change how film is financed in Canada.

2. Visit this this LINK at CPAWS to make your donation.

3. Receive a tax-deductible receipt, thanks to our partnership with CPAWS, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society.

4. Take a screenshot of your confirmation receipt and upload it HERE to confirm your Mother of the Film benefits with PowHERhouse.

5.  Join us for a series of hosted virtual creative conversations with Dee and our Mothers throughout 2022 and at an in-person event late Summer 2022.

6. Like more info?  Download our 1-Pager to learn more.