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BD&P Hosts 6th Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon

19.03.14

BD&P was delighted to host its 6th annual International Women's Day luncheon on March 6, 2014 with the BD&P lawyers and guests being treated to the captivating presence of guest speaker Amanda Lindhout.

Amanda, born and raised in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, is an award winning humanitarian, social activist, public speaker and author.

Amanda’s experience as a hostage in war-torn Somalia, her courage and resolve in the face of adversity, and her achievements as an advocate for Somalia’s most vulnerable, inspire audiences throughout Canada and around the world.

Following 460 days spent in captivity in Somalia, Amanda's messages of compassion, forgiveness and resiliency have been internationally recognized and in 2012 the Women's Executive Network named Amanda one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Amanda is the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF) an organization which champions female empowerment in Somalia. Since GEF’s inception in 2010, Lindhout’s award-winning humanitarian work has provided aid and education to over 300,000 people living in the war torn country.

Amanda's unique perspective on healing and posttraumatic growth has been presented to a number of organizations including the United Nations, the Canadian Armed Forces, Corrections Canada, the Clinton Global Initiative and Homeland Security.

Amanda's memoir, A House in the Sky, published in September, 2013, is a moving and intimate account of a harrowing ordeal that leaves the reader humbled and amazed at Amanda's resiliency and power of forgiveness.

Thank you to our clients and guests who joined us at the event and gave generously to support Amanda's charity, the Global Enrichment Foundation.