Brescia sets up camp in Barbados

April 28 , 2010


London,  ON – Brescia  University College  is taking its successful Girls LEAD camp to Barbados  this July. Two Brescia  students, an alumna, and one staff member will lead 20 female primary school  students through a series of confidence-building activities. Together the group  members will explore their own leadership  potential in a positive, welcoming, and inclusive environment.

The camp will run from July 5  – 16 at Ursuline Convent  School in Bridgetown,   Barbados. Dr.  Colleen Hanycz, Principal, said Barbados  was chosen as the first venue for Girls  LEAD International because of a strong existing relationship. “We chose Barbados to be the first to benefit from this  program because of our strong alumnae connection there as well as the large  population of current Brescia students who are  from Barbados.”

International Student Program  Co-ordinator Christina Lord will join the three counsellors in staffing the  camp in Barbados, and Residence  Manager Jacqueline De Leebeeck will continue to manage the London camp as Girls LEAD Supervisor. De  Leebeeck said the local camps have been very successful and she expects the  same will be true in Barbados.  “The camps in London  have always sold out and the participants and their parents have provided a  great deal of positive feedback. In particular, campers have appreciated the  positive environment where girls are encouraged to try new things, be creative,  and have fun.”

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 will participate in outdoor activities, active games,  discussion, and healthy food preparation.

Founded by the trailblazing  Ursuline Sisters 90 years ago, Canada’s  premier women’s university has always valued women’s leadership. Brescia offers unparalleled opportunities for women  learners from across Canada  and internationally to develop their strengths and fulfill their potential.  Through the Institute for Women in Leadership (iWIL), a unique Brescia innovation,  authentic leaders are fostered to practise a sustainable, collective, and  socially responsible form of leadership. The Girls LEAD camp was one of the  first initiatives that grew out of iWIL. The camp was an opportunity for iWIL  to expand its scope beyond women students and community members to focus on  programming geared for young girls in London,   Ontario. Both iWIL and Girls LEAD  were launched in 2007.

Registrar Marianne Simm said Brescia is excited about  partnering with other countries in encouraging young girls to develop their  leadership potential. “With three years of experience with the local camp, we  feel ready to expand our vision and launch Girls  LEAD International. Brescia is fully  committed to this project and will be working with the Ministry of Education in  Barbados  to select the campers.”

Brescia is grateful to the following sponsors for their  support of Girls LEAD International in Barbados: Summit International Bank  Limited; Barbados National Bank Inc.; and Trident Insurance Company Limited.


Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 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  information, please visit

For more information please contact:

Jacqueline De Leebeeck Residence Manager Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28156   E-mail:

Marianne Simm Registrar Phone: 519.432.8353, ext.  28264   E-mail: