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This is a crazy busy time at GCTC with the opening of the undercurrents Festival, the main stage play This Is War by Hannah Moscovitch, an Acoustic Wave concert and the Fearless Women Panel, but we think “the more the merrier”.
And speaking of the Fearless Women's Panel, the 2013-2014 season here at GCTC had one thing different than any other season. For each of the plays this season we have presented a Fearless Women Panel. The panel is led by a group of accomplished and distinguished women and while the audience is treated to coffee and desserts they engage the panel in a Q & A . The panel for This Is War, called "It’s Our War Too", is no different. Although the subject matter is heavy, the panellists are both military and civilian and have lived and served “outside the wire”.
Major Dee Brasseur, a retired Canadian Forces pilot was one of the first women to fly an F-18 fighter jet for the forces, her story is fascinating and she is an exceptional speaker. Lieutenant Colonel Martine Bélanger serves as a chaplain in the Canadian Forces and will talk about her role in Afghanistan. Jodi Densmore, is a former Medic with Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, Canadian Forces Reserve and now works with a group called Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan; her story of service is inspiring. Capt. Elisa Holland, Civil Military Cooperation Cell, Canadian Forces is stationed in Kingston and will come to Ottawa for the panel. Zahira Sarwar is a graduate student at Carleton University, worked on a BBC documentary about everyday life in Afghanistan and with a German NGO in Northeast Afghanistan. Zahira’s on-the-ground insight will be fascinating. Jennifer Simpson will moderate the panel and is a member of the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan group and a long time community activist.
This promises to be a very interesting panel. There are still a few seats left so call the GCTC Box Office at 613 236 5196 to book the panel for $10. GCTC is happy to support the work of the group Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. While you are here take time to shop for beautiful articles made by women in Afghanistan and sold by this group to support educational programs for girls and women in Afghanistan. Scarves, jewellery and other items are offered in the main lobby at great prices. Come to GCTC this month; there is certainly something for everyone.