Brescia visits Barbados and looks to continue successful Girls LEAD camp program

News Release
November 6, 2014

Bridgetown, Barbados – Brescia University College from London recently celebrated four years of the Girls LEAD camp in Barbados this past July, and hopes to continue the camp with the help of local sponsorship.

Girls LEAD, which began in 2010 on the island, is a camp for girls that supports eleven-year-old females in exploring their own leadership potential in a positive, welcoming, and empowering environment. The camp has welcomed 90 Barbadian campers throughout the last four years and was held on the grounds of Ursuline Covent School each summer. Ashley Frost, originally from Barbados, is now a third-year student studying Family Studies at Brescia. Since Ashley first became involved with the camp as a junior counsellor four years ago, she has seen first-hand the benefits that it brings to Barbadian students. She explains, “Girls in Barbados have a tough time with the transition from primary school into secondary and the camp really helps with this. It teaches us that girls can do whatever guys can do and gives us the confidence to lead in ways that we might not have thought about before.”

Marianne Simm, Vice Principal Students at Brescia, explains, “We are so proud of the girls and young women who have gone through Girls LEAD Barbados as campers. Many of them have gone on to be counsellors and a few of them have ended up as students at Brescia. Our sponsors in previous years have included: Trident Insurance Company Limited; Summit International Bank Limited; Barbados National Bank; and the Ontario Association of International Educators. The success of Girls LEAD Barbados would not have been possible without their ongoing commitment and support.” In order for the camp to continue, it will require additional sponsorship.

Camp programming is divided into the following three streams: promoting physical and mental health; enhancing self-awareness and building self-confidence; connecting with others; and making change. Campers participate in outdoor activities, active games, discussion, and healthy food preparation. Programming for Girls LEAD is inspired by such academic disciplines as Brescia’s Foods and Nutrition, Community Development, and Dimensions of Leadership.

For more information about Girls LEAD Barbados, and about Brescia, visit Marianne Simm at the Canadian Education Fair in Barbados on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. You may also visit


For more information please contact Marianne Simm, Vice-Principal Students, at You may also contact Christina Lord, International Student Program Co-ordinator at Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at