A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility of change make him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. Forced to leave his home as a refugee at the age of 11, Michel has since traveled to many African countries, witnessing first-hand the problems facing the developing world but also the beauty of the communities and people living there.
My father once told me, ‘Always remember that great men and women throughout history are not remembered for their money or successes, but for their heart and what they do for other people.’
Today, Michel is a United Nations Fellow for People of African Descent, an accomplished motivational speaker and author of the book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War. He has spoken to more than 800,000 people and was also on Oprah’s O Ambassadors Roots of Action speaking tour, which largely reached students at underserved schools.
Michel worked on various global initiatives with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Martin Sheen and Magic Johnson, including being on the Advisory Board of General Romeo Dallaire’s Child Soldier Initiative.
Come hear Michel Chikwanine speak at the Bell Centre!
Head to the Bell Centre on Monday, June 27, 2022, for the Second Plenary Session from 09:30-12:00 to hear Michel’s incredible story.