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Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture

Our world is changing. Women, from all walks of life, are discovering gaps in how our world currently operates and identifying new avenues for a more accessible and equitable way of living. We recognize that it’s one thing to discover a gap, but it's another choice one must make, to challenge our current state of affairs to make impactful change for women everywhere. 

On March 8th, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. in honour of International Women’s Day, Brescia University College proudly presents the fourth annual Dr. Colleen Hanycz Leadership Lecture:

Finding Common Ground Through Dialogue
Featuring keynote address by Olympian, activist and broadcaster, 
Waneek Horn-Miller

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Recognizing the power of diverse women’s voices in impacting inclusion and change, this inspiring evening of dialogue will also include a panel discussion with Brescia alumnae Joëlle Kabisoso and Dr. Christy R. Bressette, moderated by Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Chair of Brescia's School of Leadership & Social Change.

Additionally, Brescia is also honoured to welcome London, Ontario’s first Poet Laureate, Penn Kemp, to present a live reading of Brescia’s inaugural International Women’s Day poem. 

Whether you are looking for tangible ways to challenge the status quo, or hoping to engage in an evening of inspiring dialogue, we hope you will join us at this empowering event – taking place virtually from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Registration is free and open to all. 

Keynote Speaker

Waneek headshot.Waneek Horn-Miller

Waneek Horn-Miller has always stood up for what was right—as a mother, an activist, an athlete, and an entrepreneur. This has entailed hard choices, pain, and sacrifice. But this commitment has also made her one of Canada’s most inspiring figures.

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Joelle headshot.Joëlle Kabisoso

Joëlle Kabisoso is an award winning community engagement coordinator, workshop facilitator and social entrepreneur. Joëlle holds a BA in Human Ecology with a specialization in Family Studies from Brescia University College and a Family mediation certification from York University, and is the founder and executive director of Sisters in Sync, a non-profit with a mission to bridge the gap between the lived experience of trauma survivors.

Christy headshot.Dr. Christy R. Bressette

Dr. Christy Rochelle Bressette is an Anishinabe parent, student, teacher, and community member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation. She was given the spirit name Neta Noo-Ke Kwe (Hard-Working-Woman) from her grandfather, the late Elder David Bressette. 

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About the Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture Series

The Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture Series was established in honour of Dr. Colleen Hanycz who joined Brescia University College in July 2008 as Brescia’s 11th Principal. Dr. Hanycz stayed as Principal until spring of 2015. In recognition of her bold leadership, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and friends of Brescia joined together to raise funds to establish the Leadership Lecture. This annual lecture for community members and students is designed to bring outstanding leaders to Brescia to share their knowledge, experience and advice to inform and inspire women leaders of the future.