Brescia Hosts 100 Local High Schools Students for International Day of the Girl

News Release
October 7, 2015

London, ON – International Day of the Girl will be marked at Brescia University College on October 9th with a special program for local high school students. The half-day event, designed to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities for girls and young women around the world, features artistic performances by students from the Nancy Campbell Worldcit Academy in Stratford, and small group discussions facilitated by Brescia’s Community Development students.

More than 100 high school students from the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board will gather in Brescia’s auditorium for an opportunity to learn and talk to one another about how they can be empowered in their own lives. This Brescia event is one of a series of events being hosted across the country – a national initiative spear-headed by Plan Canada.

Students from the Nancy Campbell Academy World Citizenship class will join members of the 1nes Project to provide the opening artistic presentation.  The 1nes Project is an after-school program at the Nancy Campbell Academy that strives to use the Arts as a tool to raise awareness about important issues confronting today’s youth and inspire positive personal and social action in our communities. The performers will also participate in the small group discussions.

Brescia’s interim Principal, Dr. Donna Rogers is pleased to mark the day with a unique program for high school students. “We are privileged to be hosting this celebration for the fourth year at Brescia, and we are proud that our students are helping to empower younger students by facilitating the group discussions. With a theme of Girls Inspiring Change, this program provides an opportunity for students to connect and reflect together, and we are confident they will come away from this empowered and inspired to take action.”

October 11th has been a key global moment to celebrate the power of girls and highlight the barriers they face since the United Nations adopted it as International Day of the Girl in December 2011.   Status of Women Canada has led the international community in adopting this day, along with Plan Canada. This day makes a difference in the lives of girls and young women as citizens and as powerful voices of change in their families, their communities and their nations.


For more information please contact:

Cathy Fox, Manager Communication and Marketing at 519-432-8353, ext 28293 or at, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or at

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,550 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, Business, 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

The Nancy Campbell Worldcit Academy, is a not-for-profit, private, Bahá’í-inspired, residential and day school located in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada providing Ontario ministry-certified education for grades 9-12.

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Date: Friday October 9th

Time: 9:00 Opening remarks

9:15 -10:00 Performances by Nancy Campbell Students

10:15-11:15 Small Group Discussions

Location: Brescia University College, St. James Building Auditorium