9th Annual Breakfast Presented by Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County

For immediate release October 31, 2013

“We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Samantha Nutt – Founder and Executive Director of War Child North America is our guest speaker for our 9th annual community breakfast on Thursday November 7th” notes Andrea Quenneville Chair of the Board of Directors for Violence Against Women Services Elgin County.

“All are welcome. This is a great opportunity for women, men, high school students, friends, and neighbours to get together over good food and fresh coffee and be inspired about how we work together to create safety for women and children across the world and right here in Elgin County” Ms. Quenneville added.

The Breakfast is on Thursday November 7th beginning at 7am at the St. Thomas Senior’s Centre, 225 Chestnut, St. Thomas. Tickets are $15 and include full hot breakfast. Call Pam Dyck at 519.633.0155 or email info@vawsec.on.ca to reserve your ticket today.

Dr. Samantha Nutt has for over 15 years been at the front lines of many of the world’s major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Darfur. These experiences have given her unique insights into the brutality of modern conflict: why it begins, what sustains it, and what must be done to prevent children being held in its terrifying grip. In addition to overseeing War Child Canada, Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the author of the bestselling book Damned Nations, a distillation of her observations from providing hands-on care in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints. She was awarded the “Order of Ontario” in 2010, and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.

Violence Against Women Services Elgin County offers safety, support, and hope to women and their children who have been abused. For 35 years, Violence Against Women Services Elgin County has with our community helped to save the lives and to change the futures of tens of thousands of women and children: with a 24 hour help line; 24 hour safety at Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter; community based counselling to help manage the hurt of abuse in Aylmer, St Thomas, & West Lorne; counselling for children aged 4 to 18 – girls and boys whose moms have been abused; and prevention through education partnerships in our schools, workplaces, and community groups.

For media inquiries, please contact Liz Brown, Executive Director, at 519-633-0155.

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