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Seabourn Conversations: Margaret Trudeau

This past October, we were fortunate to have Margaret Trudeau, the former First Lady of Canada, join us on board Seabourn Quest as part of our Seabourn Conversations series.

Her first talk was held in the Grand Salon where it was standing room only as she discussed her history and then transitioned to discuss her personal struggles with mental health – particularly her battle with depression and being bipolar. She touched briefly on her life as First Lady and marriage to Pierre Trudeau and what it was like to bring up their children in such a highly visible setting. Following the talk, she welcomed guests to take pictures and she happily signed autographs. Margaret also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate the holiday with fellow Canadians on board.

The second talk she gave took place on World Mental Health Day. This chat was more of a Q&A style and she encouraged the discussion by telling guests that "no question is off limits." The talk was very moving and cathartic for many guests who could relate to her story due to their own experience or in dealing with a family member or friend suffering from depression or other mental health issues. The topic, although serious and moving, was infused with Margaret's wonderful sense of humor and openness to talking about her own history.

Margaret noted that she had a wonderful time sailing on Seabourn Quest and was extremely welcoming and hospitable to all of our guests who attended her talks and dinner.

Learn more about our Seabourn Conversations program and upcoming speakers here.