Meet Our Board
Reflections on Rwanda - 2008
Matt Godwin holds a PhD from University College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies, as well as degrees from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University. Hailing originally from Halifax, Matt has published on a range of subjects including diasporas and migration, civil wars, parliamentary institutions and inclusive growth.
Professionally, Matt has worked for both the UK Labour Party and Canada's NDP in Lower and Upper Houses, as well as an ecommerce start-up and most recently for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Canada. Matt has recently returned to UK to take up a post at the House of Lords on issues related to antisemitism, the Middle East and inclusive growth.
Reflections on Rwanda Alumni - May 2015
As many of you dont know, I left my home country of Rwanda in 1992. I waited 23 years later to travel back. In 2015, I came across a poster on the University of Ottawa campus advertising SHOUT, and joined as a participant.
When I returned to Canada it took me two years of reflection and questioning. During that time, I was wondering about my role and looking for a purpose. I was trying to find out my next move, what I could do for my community and what I could I give back to the world. I slowly started a dialogue with fellow alumni from my cohort of 2015, and became actively involved in the leadership of SHOUT Canada. I realized in this journey my personal contribution is my time and my unique background, like being able to translate from my native tongue Kinyarwanda testimonies form survivors and rescuers. I know the journey will be full of challenges but together we can overcome any obstacle.
I hold an Honours BSocSc in Conflict Studies and Human Rights degree. RoR program for is a great example on how Rwanda was able to build sustainable peace. This program will challenge you and you can start reflection on Where has it succeeded and how, and why.
I can officially say five years later Rwanda journey towards reconciliation is a great example for the international community.
I have travel to Rwanda as a facilitator in 2018- 21018 and will be this year.
I will be more than happy to help and guide you for this year's trip as your program facilitator.
Reflections on Rwanda Facilitator - June 2009
I went to Rwanda in 2018 and it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my academic career. I firmly believe in the objectives of this program, namely education on the scourge of genocide and fostering a generation of leaders who are committed to its prevention. I want to ensure that more participants are able to benefit from such an important experience.
I graduated from the University of Calgary in 2017 with a degree in Political Science and I am now pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa, where I have focused on human rights, criminal law, and international law. I am a representative of the International Law Students Association, an editor and contributing author for the faculty newspaper, Inter Alia, and a Research Fellow with Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR).
I am on my last year of Law at the Université de Montréal, and I plan on pursuing a career in International Law. The RoR program opened so many doors of questioning (as you can probably tell by its name), that I decided to commit to SHOUT after participating in 2018.
The trip was the materialization of my lifelong search for understanding. When I thought I had finally come to grasp the inevitable contrast between human nature and philosophical ideals, this trip showed me I knew nothing of those theoretical ideas. I understood that there are voices you cannot read in books, lessons you cannot learn from movies, and feelings that really do make you grow. It is important for me to ensure diversity of backgrounds and ideas within the future groups of participants, as all perspectives have something to teach. I can guarantee that no matter one’s specialization, this trip is for all interests.
My RoR experience in 2012 made a great impression on who I am today. From an ordinary law student, I became passionate about international criminal law and I look forward to sharing this optimism with new program participants!
I graduated from Université de Montréal Law Faculty in 2013, became an Articling Student in regional Matane Legal Aid Office and practised criminal defence and youth criminal defence for two years in Quebec. Back to school, I am now looking to achieve a master's degree in international and transnational law at Université Laval in Quebec City.
Je souhaite faciliter l'accès des francophones au programme RoR 2018 afin d'en faire une expérience encore plus enrichissante pour tous les participants!
Reflections on Rwanda Alumni - May 2018
Reflections on Rwanda Alumni - May 2012
Joelle is a second year law student at the University of Saskatchewan and is particularly interested in the areas of international criminal law and transitional justice. Joelle holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University and is an alumni of the 2019 Reflections on Rwanda trip. Joelle is excited to be able to help offer this life changing opportunity to future participants, and return to Rwanda in the Summer of 2020.
Reflections on Rwanda Alumni - May 2019
Legal Policy Team (Interim Sub-Committee)
To handle legal matters and by-laws
Finance & Admin Sub-Committee
To address membership, finances, and banking
Alumni Relations Sub-Committee
To oversee alumni network, the database, and events
To address the logistics, trip planning, and participant relations
Communications and Events Sub-Committee
To facilitate social media presence, website, newsletter, and events
To develop the organization's public message