Mrs. Laureen Harper and MP Susan Truppe Make Special Visit to Brescia

April 3, 2013

London, ON –As part of a day-long visit to London, Mrs. Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, made a special visit to Brescia alongside MP Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, on Wednesday.

While at Brescia, Mrs. Harper and MP Truppe enjoyed a tour of the campus, led by Brescia students, Leenat Jilani and Carolynn Mazzei. They also had a chance to meet and speak with the Principal of Brescia, Dr. Colleen Hanycz, who says of the visit, “Mrs. Harper is a prime example of what we aspire to achieve here at Brescia. She has made a choice to lead and in turn has inspired many other young women to do the same. She is an excellent role model for our students and I am thrilled that she and MP Truppe could be with us today.” The morning wrapped up with lunch on campus, where members of Brescia’s leadership team and community volunteers had a rare opportunity to speak with Mrs. Harper about Canada’s only women’s university, while being served by Brescia’s own red seal chef, Tim D’Souza.

In addition to her passion for animals Mrs. Harper, a Turner Valley Alberta native, also has a keen interest in seeing more women in leadership roles, and says of her visit to Brescia, “It was a pleasure to tour Brescia University College today. I was honoured to meet the professors, the staff, and the young women that are pursuing their studies in such a great environment. It undoubtedly inspires women of every walk of life to pursue their dreams and develop their full potential to succeed.”

MP Truppe, who will be accompanying Mrs. Harper throughout her visit to London, also values the education of young women and first became involved with Brescia in October through the International Day of the Girl celebration last fall. April4-LEADER


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