Trent University Alumna Takes the Helm of
Free The Children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dalal Al-Waheidi Becomes Executive Director of the
World’s Largest Network of Children Helping Children
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Peterborough
Trent University is pleased to announce that alumna
Dalal Al-Waheidi recently became the Executive
Director of the Toronto-based charitable organization
Free The Children, the world’s largest network of
children helping children through education.
A native of Palestine’s Gaza Strip, Ms. Al-Waheidi
attended Trent from 1998 to 2002, graduating with a
degree in International Development Studies (IDS).
While attending Trent, Ms. Al-Waheidi spent her third year studying abroad through the
Trent-in-Ecuador program, an experience which she credits as enabling her to “find her
niche” that ultimately led to her career with Free The Children.
“Studying abroad for a year really made a difference when it came to employability,” Ms.
Al-Waheidi explained, adding that she found it extremely useful to go to a developing
country and actually carry out development work. “It provided a link between theory and
practice.” Through the IDS Department at Trent, Ms. Al-Waheidi learned about Free The
Children, and after graduating successfully gained an internship there which led to her
current career path.
Free The Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through
education, with more than one million youth involved in innovative education and
development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights
activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children has a proven track record of success. The
organization has received the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (also
known as the Children’s Nobel Prize), the Human Rights Award from the World
Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, and has formed successful
partnerships with leading school boards and Oprah’s Angel Network. To date, Free The
Children has built more than 500 schools in developing countries around the world,
providing primary education to more than 50,000 students every day.
Through her role at Free the Children, Ms. Al-Waheidi manages Free The Children’s
global operations at the international headquarters in Toronto while overseeing and
building capacity of the organization’s humanitarian projects around the world. In 2006,
she was recognized for the Top 100 Women Award in the Future Leader Category by
the Women’s Executive Network.
For further information, or to interview Ms. Al-Waheidi, please contact Marilyn
Burns, director of marketing and communications, Trent University, at (705) 748-
1011, ext. 6184.