Samantha Nutt Inspiring a Movement of Global Change


October 16, 2009

London, ON – Guests at Brescia University College’s signature fundraising event – Breakfast for Bursaries – will hear a renowned speaker who has been described as both “inspiring and scrappy” talk about the challenges women face worldwide.

Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, Dr. Samantha Nutt, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Breakfast for Bursaries on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 a.m. at the London Convention Centre.

Nutt’s presentation, titled “The World of Women – a global perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing women in the 21st Century,” will be presented to about 400 attendees, including MPP Deb Matthews who will bring greetings as the recently appointed Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Nutt is a Toronto-based medical doctor who is well positioned to deliver this message on peace, human rights, and social justice to the London audience. She has worked in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints with War Child Canada, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia, and the Thai-Burmese border. “This isn’t a path you chose; it chooses you,” says Nutt.

Widely recognized as a prominent leader, Nutt exemplifies Brescia’s brand position: “Choose to Lead”. She is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award (Globe and Mail), Time Magazine’s “Canada’s Five Leading ActivistsAward, and CBC News has profiled her as a “Canadian leader.”

Mitra Khademi, Chair of the Breakfast for Bursaries committee, said the decision to present Nutt is in keepingwith Brescia’s mission to prepare its graduates to respond with wisdom, justice, and compassion to a changing world. “Brescia offers a unique educational experience for women. This event is important because it raises awareness about Brescia and socially-important values, and raises funding to support women who are undertaking a university education at Brescia.”

As Canada’s premier women’s university, Brescia is invigorating, student-centered, compassionate, and empowering. “University can be very challenging both financially and academically for many students,” says Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal of Brescia University College. “At Brescia we believe in financially supporting our students as much as is humanly possible.”

Breakfast for Bursaries raises funds for the Eleanore Donnelly Bursary to assist mature students who want a university education. In the past seven years, more than $200,000 has been directed to this fund.


For more information, please contact: Suzanne McDonald Aziz, Executive Director Brescia University College Foundation 519.432.8353, ext. 28298 suzanne.mcdonaldaziz@uwo.

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