As part of the Callioux Family Law speaker series, the firm presents An Evening with General Roméo Dallaire on Monday, July 10.
“He’ll be speaking about how children are affected by violence such as child soldiers, lack of family support and generational PTSD. It will be followed by a Q&A,” said Bob Donaldson, Callioux senior paralegal.
Dallaire served in the Canadian Forces as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda during the country’s 1994 genocide. Since witnessing a horrifying massacre of an estimated 500,000 plus members of the Tutsi ethnic minority group, he has advocated for global human rights by writing books, speaking publicly and as an international advisor.
Donaldson noted that Dallaire, who has become an inspiration to many across the world, continues to bring national and international attention to the prevention of mass atrocities, the recruitment of children in armed conflict and the impact of PTSD on veterans. Ultimately, the former officer is guided by a personal desire for peace.
John Conrad, Alberta’s Assistant Deputy Minister for Agriculture and a retired Colonel in the Canadian Forces, will host the event. Conrad is also a regimental writer.
“General Dallaire has been through so much. This might be a once in a lifetime thing. For us, it was important to present someone that is thought provoking. His experiences are relevant to today’s political climate. And you don’t want to lose what went on in Rwanda,” Donaldson said.
The event takes place on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Arden Theatre is at 5 St. Anne Street. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by calling 780-459-1542 or online at tickets.stalbert.ca.