2003 – Dr Samantha Nutt and Dr Eric Hoskins

Founded in 1999, War Child Canada is an independent charitable organisation working across North America and around the world to assist children affected by war and to raise awareness for children’s rights everywhere. We are working to help thousands whose lives have been torn apart by war, and to engage North American youth to take an active role in creating a more just future.

Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor with nearly 10 years experience working in war zones. She has helped children in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints working with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Iraq, Burundi and the Thai-Burmese border.

A specialist in Maternal and Child Health in zones of armed conflict, Family Medicine, Public Health, Refugee Health and Women’s Health, Sam is also on staff at Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Science Centre at the University of Toronto.

One of 12 Canadians chosen by Maclean’s Magazine for the 2000 Honour Roll as one of “12 Canadians making a difference”, she is a role model to young Canadians and has received numerous humanitarian awards for her work in support of war-affected children. Sam was among 12 Canadian women honoured for leadership by Global Television and the National Post on International Women’s Day 2002. Sam also won the Top 40 Under 40 award in 2003.

As the Co-founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, Sam works on the overall direction, management and creative vision of War Child Canada’s projects and programs.

Eric Hoskins is a medical doctor with 15 years experience working as a physician in war zones. He has worked extensively with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in some of the world’s most heavily affected war zones including Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Burundi and Pakistan.

Eric is a specialist in the Health of Children in War Zones, Public Health, Humanitarian Relief, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, Refugee Health and the Civilian Impact of War. From 1998-2000, Eric was the Senior Policy Advisor to former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy.

A Rhodes Scholar, Eric was the youngest recipient of the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal (Canada’s highest humanitarian award) in 1993, and was awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross in 1999 for his humanitarian work with war-affected children. He also co-founded the International Study Team, and led a group of over 80 experts who, in 1991, produced the most comprehensive assessment of post-war Iraq to date. He led the recent IST mission to Iraq in January 2003, assessing the impact of war on children and the preparedness of the humanitarian response.

Dr. Hoskins is the President and General Manager of War Child Canada, contributing to the conceptualization, development and growth of War Child Canada’s international and domestic programs.

As President, Eric oversees all financial aspects of the organization, including all fundraising and special initiatives.

For more information please visit: www.warchild.ca