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Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire to speak at Oshawa campus

OSHAWA, Ont. - Hear one of only 25 Canadians to earn a Pearson Peace Medal speak about his personal experiences as force commander of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda. Join us on March 18 at noon in the Gymnasium of the Oshawa campus of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) as Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire speaks about his life experiences and his novel, Shake Hands with the Devil. Everyone is welcome.

Dallaire served in the Canadian Forces in highly demanding roles, finally retiring after over 30 years of service. His presentation will focus on his first-hand experiences in Rwanda, where he personally witnessed the death of 800,000 civilians in just over three months.

Returning from this mission, he received the Meritorious Service Cross and was promoted to Three-Star General. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Author of the Year Award from the Canadian Booksellers Association, as well as the Award for Best Nonfiction Book for Shake Hands with the Devil. He has also been awarded the Governor-General's Literary Award.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Bremner at 905.721.3111 ext. 2175. Arrangements to bring Dallaire to campus were made possible through the National Speakers Bureau. For more information, visit their website at


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