Children’s Rights Activist to speak at Trent University From the Office of Student Affairs, Trent University


Founder of War Child Canada to kick off annual leadership conference

On Friday March 25, at 6:00pm the Trent and Peterborough community will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada.  Dr. Nutt (Sam) is a medical doctor with more than fifteen years of experience working in war zones.  Committed to peace, human rights and social justice, she has worked in some of the world's most violent flashpoints with War Child Canada, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border.

The talk is a free, ticketed event and will be held in the Peter Gzowski College Lecture Hall (GC 114).  Dr. Nutt will be kicking off the second annual Impact Leadership Conference.

“I’m excited to meet her.  She is an inspirational Canadian woman who has accomplished a great deal.  Her message is very much in line with this year’s conference theme ‘Step Up! Make an Impact’” said Gina Gioia, one of the student organizers for the event.  “I think she’s an excellent fit for Trent too.  I know many students who share her passion for children’s rights.”

The Impact Leadership Conference is open to all Trent and local high school students.  A ticket to the keynote address on Friday evening and a full day of leadership-themed workshops is included in the $10 admission fee.  “In addition to Dr. Nutt’s talk, we are offering 12 workshops on Saturday and a closing keynote address.  Topics range from ‘Breaking the procrastination habit’ to Coaching, from volunteerism to Indigenous Leadership.  This is a great event for aspiring leaders.  All attendees will receive a certificate for their participation which will make an excellent addition to their professional portfolio” said Chris Glover, Coordinator of the Impact Leadership Program.  “We hope that students will leave inspired and motivated to engage in leadership roles in their lives”.


For more information on the Leadership Conference or Dr. Samantha Nutt’s talk, please go to or call (705) 748-1011 extension 7125 for ticket information.