Girls LEAD summer camp celebrates and empowers the future women leaders and change-makers of Barbados and welcomes Canadian High Commissioner and other dignitaries

July 10, 2019

London, ON – Leadership, self-development and becoming agents of change are all central values of Brescia University College’s Girls LEAD Barbados Camp. These three values will be highlighted and celebrated at two of the Camp’s distinctive events: Girls CAN Challenge on Friday, July 12th and its Closing Ceremonies on Friday, July 19th.

Girls LEAD Barbados is designed to provide girls with the tools to become exceptional leaders within a fun, supportive and educational environment. Established in 2010 by Brescia University College in London, Canada, the Camp originally ran for four consecutive summers during the period of 2010 – 2013, but was put on hold due to lack of funding. In 2019, the Camp was re-launched thanks to a three-year funding grant, which was generously donated by the University’s foundresses through the Ursuline Sisters Chatham Legacy Fund. The grant will allow the camp to run in Barbados from summer 2019 through to 2021 and provide a unique camp experience for girls – at no cost to the participants.

As a part of the Camp’s unique programming, on Friday, July 12th from 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.,the 18 Girls LEAD campers will have the opportunity to connect with four local women leaders for the Girls CAN Challenge. Taking place at the Ursuline Convent School, this motivational event will welcome outside speakers from diverse fields to share their experiences within their chosen career path. The 2019 speaker panel will include: Canadian High Commissioner, Marie Legault; Entrepreneur, Karuna Jakhar; Author and Speaker, Donna Every and UWI Deputy Dean and Lecturer, Sonia Mahon.

The Closing Ceremonies for the Camp will take place on Friday, July 19th at the Ursuline Convent School from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Campers will be given the opportunity to showcase what they have learned during the Camp to an audience of family members, sponsors, Ministry representatives, Ursuline Convent School Officials, Brescia University College alumnae and members of the public.

Media are welcome to attend the Girls CAN Challenge on Friday, July 12th and Closing Ceremonies on Friday, July 19th, where special guests and dignitaries will be present. For additional information, please visit:

Additional updates and photos can be found by following @GirlsLEADCamp and #GirlsLEAD on Twitter and Instagram.

Above: Campers and counsellors celebrate women in leadership at Girls LEAD Barbados



Interview & Photo Opportunities

Event: Girls CAN Challenge
Date: Friday, July 12, 2019
Location: Ursuline Convent School
Time: 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Event: Closing Ceremonies
Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Location: Ursuline Convent School
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Marianne Simm, Vice-Principal Students, Brescia University College at 519-851-7935 or at or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280 or at

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at .