Press Kit

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is progressively ending the use of child soldiers through a security sector approach, combining world-class research, high-level advocacy, and prevention-focused training.

This press kit will give you the resources on the leadership of the Dallaire Intitiative, our work and latest opinions on issues related to children affected by armed conflict.

Interview Requests

The Dallaire Initiative are leading experts on issues of child soldiers and more broadly children affected by armed conflict. As thought-leaders, we provide nuanced and innovative insights on these issues.

Please note that we normally take 24-48 hours to respond to most request.

Our Leadership

Biographies

Founder

LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d)

Short Bio

Roméo Dallaire is a retired lieutenant-general, retired Canadian Senator, and celebrated humanitarian. In 1993, LGen Dallaire was appointed Force Commander for UNAMIR, where he bore witness to the Rwandan genocide.

Since his retirement, he has become an outspoken advocate for human rights, mental health and war-affected children. He founded the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, an organization committed to progressively preventing and ending the use of child soldiers worldwide.

How to Refer to LGen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire (full)

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“General Dallaire” in all appearances thereafter.

How to Refer to LGen Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) (short)

LGen the Hon. Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d) in its first appearance

LGen Dallaire or General Dallaire in all appearances thereafter

Executive Director

Dr. Shelly Whitman

Short Bio

Dr. Shelly Whitman is the Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. Dr. Whitman has an extensive career as an academic, teaching in International Development Studies and Political Science at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Botswana. Her research interests have been broadly focused on issues related to peace, development and human security.

How to refer to Dr. Shelly Whitman (long)

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“…Dr. Whitman…” in all appearances thereafter.

How to refer to Dr. Shelly Whitman (short)

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Media Requests

Please be advised that we normally take 12-24 hours to respond to media requests.

If your request concerns breaking news or requires a reply faster 12-24 hours please call Josh Boyter, Director of Communications directly at +1 (902) 494 2392 (office) or +1 (902) 489 6767 (cell).

Location and Timezone

Please be advised that we are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada UTC/GMT -4.

For international journalists, we have access to a number of studios including CBC, Global and CTV which can be coordinated with for in-studio and broadcast interviews.