Jessica Dee Humphreys

Jessica Dee Humphreys has worked closely with the Dallaire Institute’s founder General Romeo Dallaire for over 15 years, co-authoring his books and serving as executive director of his personal company.  She joined the Dallaire Institute as Senior Advisor (Advocacy and Communications) and Founder Liaison in January of 2021.  She began her career at the United Nations headquarters in New York, after graduating with a Master’s Degree from Queen’s University in Canada.  Jessica is also a newspaper columnist and author of non-fiction books for both children and adults, specializing in international humanitarian and children’s issues, especially human rights, gender, peace, and security.

Nathalie Blaquière

Nathalie Blaquière is delighted to join the Dallaire Institute as the Manager of Advocacy and Communications. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in communications as a journalist, writer, filmmaker, and consultant.

Nathalie previously served as the One UN Rwanda Communications Specialist and Country/Program Director at Internews in Rwanda, a media development NGO (2008-2013). Earlier, she managed three UN regional radio stations of Radio Okapi in the DR Congo (Goma, Bunia and Mbandaka).

Nathalie’s international field experience includes building the capacity of local reporters, designing and launching new programs, developing donor relations, as well as overseeing all aspects of radio and television programming for local, regional and international use while conducting community outreach.

She is the author of a non-fiction book titled Boules d’ambiance et Kalachnikovs as a personal narrative of her experience in the media sector in Eastern Congo.

Her documentary films “Patience”  about street children and “A Letter to my daughter”  that wrestles with domestic violence in Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo, have been screened at several film festivals.

Prior to moving to the Central African region, Nathalie worked as a television reporter and chief-editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Nathalie has a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Education from Université de Moncton.  She is a mother of a 7-year-old girl, Raphaëlle.


Oola George Okello Lokee is from Owinyikbul, Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan.  He attended Uganda Management Institute (UMI) where he completed a Postgraduate Diploma Project Planning and Management.  Prior to that, Oola attended Gulu University, Uganda where he obtained a Bachelor of Development studies and finally, as a youngster Oola attended Gulu Central High School where he obtained a Certificate of Education.

Prior to joining the Dallaire Institute, Oola worked at World Vision South Sudan as a Quality Assurance Coordinator.  He was the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager for the Multi Sectorial Emergency Team Action at Against Hunger (ACF -USA) in South Sudan.  Additionally, Oola was employed at Save The Children International in South Sudan and Save The Children UK in South Sudan as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer DIFID Education Programmes respectively.

Joanna Shackelton

Prior to joining Dalhousie, Joanna has served as Philanthropy Officer, Corporate Giving for the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. She has more than 11 years of program management and fund development experience, including serving as Regional Partnerships & Policy Manager with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan, where she led many large scale partnerships with the European Union, USAID, SECO and UNICEF.  She has also held development positions with Kids Help Phone (Toronto), the Archdiocese of Toronto, World University Service of Canada and Stepping Stones International in Botswana. Joanna holds a Management for Development Certificate from UCLA and the University of Cape Town, a Certificate in Development Leadership from the Coady Institute, an MA in International Development & Global Studies from the University of Ottawa and a BA in English & Human Rights from Carleton University.


Ashley is originally from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Previously, Ashley spent six years working at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France on the Global Capacity-Building Programme for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Culture Heritage.  Outside of Canada, Ashley has worked and studied in Chile, France, Japan and Indonesia. After initially studying an MA in Applied Linguistics more than 10 years ago, she is now pursuing an MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at the Institute of Education, University College London. Her academic interests include evidence-based policy, systematic reviews, arts-based peacebuilding, gender-based violence, and designing effective interventions that contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Arsene Tshidimu

Arsene Mukendi Tshidimu is an Accounting and Finance professional with years of experience in corporate accounting, public and private finance, project management, budgeting, strategic proposals, forensic audit, econometric studies and government relations.

He has the experience and ability to lead diverse projects in a variety of highly competitive, dynamic, complex industries and fast-paced environments. He works to ensure that company strategic objectives are clearly translated into meaningful framework of metrics to effectively manage and measure the achievement of the company’s strategy and financial aspiration.
He has strong technical knowledge, skills, and business acumen. During his previous engagements, Arsene led many projects in internal and external audit, risk management (including fraud risk) and controls development (including anti-fraud controls), continuous process improvements to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness, strategic planning, data analytics and financial model engineering. He possesses great skills in financial systems (PeopleSoft, Hyperion Financial management, Hyperion Planning, etc.), data warehouse implementation and extraction, and developing financial and monetary policies and procedures.

At the Dallaire Institute, He is currently the Country Liaison Officer (CLO), responsible for mapping, forging, and maintaining relationships with key contacts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that will enable the successful implementation of project goals. As a CLO, he advises on the strategic access and engagement of security sector actors (including state and non-state armed groups), NGOs, international development agencies and governments. He facilitates

introductions between the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security (Dallaire Institute) staff and key contacts, including the facilitation of high-level meetings between the Executive Director, the Director of Policy and other Dallaire Institute staff and key stakeholders in the country.


Cerridwen will be graduating from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science in May 2021. While at SMU, Cerridwen worked as a Research Assistant in the Modern Languages department and was also a founding team member and Communications Chair for the East Coast International Development Summit, an interdisciplinary conference about contemporary development issues. Cerridwen is passionate about raising social awareness and supporting those affected by conflict and other emergencies. 
Before attending university, Cerridwen took time to explore by working and volunteering in different parts of the world. She is a CELTA certified English teacher and taught at a kindergarten in China for a year. Cerridwen is also currently a member of the Global Shapers Halifax Hub.


Nisreen Abou Mrad joined the Dallaire Institute in April 2021 as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager. Nisreen has over 12 years of experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, education, health, WASH, Livelihood, Child Protection, Basic Assistance and Food security, Nutrition, Social Protection, and Advocacy. Prior to joining the institute, Nisreen worked for UNICEF, leading on planning and remote monitoring of the cross-border operation in Northwest Syria. Nisreen also led strategy and programme development, planning, accountability and evaluations with World Vision Lebanon and Search for Common Ground in the Middle East and Northern Africa region.

Nisreen is a Lebanese national and a permanent resident of Canada, now living in Nova Scotia. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut.


Lorraine completed a Bachelors’ Degree in Management Studies at the Northern Caribbean University.  She has over ten (10) years’ experience in the administrative field.  Lorraine served as an Administrative Assistant in the private sector before transitioning into the government sector. Her first stint with the Government of Jamaica was with the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority as a Senior Secretary. Thereafter, she was hired by the National Environment and Planning Agency, where she also served as a Senior Secretary.  Lorraine’s most impactful role within the government sector began with her placement at the HEART Trust/NTA, which is the National Training Agency of Jamaica established to educate and train underserved youth within vulnerable communities. She commenced her role as an Administrative Assistant where she provided support to the Corporate Secretary and the Board of Directors.  In her capacity, she was required to record and prepare Minutes of Meetings for seven Board Committees, draft Board Committee reports for submission to the Board of Directors, prepare and submit payroll for Board Directors and external Committee Members. 

Lorraine was promoted to the position of Senior Administrative Assistant in the Corporate Planning and Strategic Development Division of the Trust. Her main functions included but were not limited to, assisting the Senior Director with daily administrative duties, completing a variety of administrative tasks, managing an active calendar of appointments by utilizing Microsoft Outlook. Additionally, she was required to liaise with Heads of Department on behalf of the Senior Director. She was responsible for the preparation of the yearly Divisional budget, preparing monthly divisional expense and variance reports, and making travel arrangements.  Lorraine served as a member and in some instances recording secretary for several Organizational Committees. She is proficient in both electronic and manual Document Management, as a result she was awarded the title Administrative Professional of the year for the 2018/2019 financial year and was specially requested to serve as the Planning and Performance Monitoring Officer in the handling of all documents for the largest Government Sector Merger in Jamaica. 


Guo Judith has a diploma in Social Work and Social Administration from the University of Busoga, Uganda.  She has also completed several professional development courses inclusive of Managing GBV in Emergency, Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) and Face to Face TOT in Humanitarian Sectors. 

Prior to joining the Dallaire Initiative, she has worked for several international organizations and UN agencies across South Sudan where she acquired ten years of experience in the field of gender and child protection with specific focus on delivering service to the vulnerable and affected communities as well as capacity building to different beneficiaries.  Her previous experience includes working with the UN International Organization for Migration where she worked as a GBV Response and Mainstreaming Assistant.  Additionally, Guo Judith was employed by Care International, South Sudan where she worked as a GBV Protection Officer among several other organizations.