Keynote opens Sexual Violence Prevention Month with discussion about courage, resilience
London, Ontario, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - Fanshawe College will host the fourth
installment of its thought leader lecture series REDTALKS on Thursday, October 4
with Canadian actor, air force officer and advocate Lucy DeCoutere. DeCoutere will
discuss her journey of recovery as a survivor of sexual violence, and the resilience
she discovered and developed after coming forward publicly to seek justice. DeCoutere
first shared her story in October 2014 during the trial of former radio celebrity
Jian Ghomeshi. A copy of her biography is included below.
REDTALKS: A Conversation with Lucy DeCoutere about Resilience
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: Doors open at 8:30 a.m.; Session from 9 to
Location: Alumni Lecture Theatre (D1060) at 1001 Fanshawe College
Blvd, London, ON
Established in 2016, the REDTALKS lecture series provides attendees access to speakers
offering thoughtful and engaging perspectives on relevant issues. REDTALKS guest
lecturers have included futurists Brian David Johnson and Richard Worzel and Canadian
Olympic hero and best-selling author Silken Laumann.
Lucy DeCoutere biography
Best known for her work over the last 16 years on Trailer Park Boys, Lucy DeCoutere
is an actor, advocate and inspiration to many, for having come forward to help generate
important dialogue around sexual abuse and violence against women.
In film, her first experience with acting was as a background performer in Thom
Fitzgerald's feature film, The Hanging Garden. It was on this set that she came
to understand that the real magic of filmmaking is what happens behind-the-scenes.
She was captivated by the synergy of the crew in watching them bring an imaginary
world to life.
She then decided to dedicate the next decade to working on any project that would
have her in various roles, from associate producing, casting, through to directing.
Apart from her experiences on set, Lucy is a ranking officer in the Royal Canadian
Air Force since 2010 and has received a graduate diploma in communication studies
from Concordia University.
Lucy lives in Halifax in an old converted movie house. Lucy is a vegetarian who
makes killer ravioli and gets really bored of telling people what her protein sources
are. Lucy is a Virgo.