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By Communications Staff
Monday, September 28, 2009
A Nobel Peace Prize nominee and University of Western Ontario honorary degree recipient, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, will speak about a new model for 21st Century leadership at Brescia University College on Oct. 1.Watt-Cloutier treats the issues of our day not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. Because her Inuit culture faces the most extreme challenges of globalization, she speaks from firsthand experience – and couples that with her extensive experiences as a global leader.
Drawing upon her ancient culture, and speaking from a position of strength, not victimhood, Watt-Cloutier helps audiences find common ground while exploring the changing nature of political action, citizen advocacy and corporate and government responsibility.
Her Arctic voice – not as far away as we might imagine – enlightens and inspires. “It appears that the wisdom of the land strikes a universal chord on a planet where many are searching for sustainability” she says.
“I do nothing more than remind the world that the Arctic is not a barren land devoid of life but a rich and majestic land that has supported our resilient culture for millennia.”
The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is by donation (suggested donation of $10 for seniors and students and $20 for adults) and free parking is available.
This event is sponsored by iWIL, the Institute for Women in Leadership.
For more information, phone 519-432-8383 ext. 28288 or e-mail iwil[at]uwo.ca
Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s achievements and awards are:
• 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
• An Officer of the Order of Canada
• Canadian President of the ICC – Inuit Circumpolar Council (1995 – 2002)
• International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia (2002-2006)
• UN Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Development
• UN Champion of the Earth Award
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