Romeo Dallaire Public School was built in 2009 serving a diverse community in north Ajax. Our mission is Peace, Passion and Purpose, aptly chosen in honor of our name sake General Romeo Dallaire. We are a community that values lifelong learning. We work together, respecting our different economic, cultural and learning needs and have implemented a character education program that reinforces these common values.
Our school is dual track, providing both English and French Immersion instruction and is one of the larger schools in the Durham District School Board with a current population of over 900 students. Our students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of clubs and co-curricular activities. Students have a choice among choirs, bands, art, athletics, library, community service and other events outside the usual hours to round out their school life.
Who is Roméo Dallaire?
Roméo Dallaire was selected as the name of our school through a rigorous process that begin with an appeal through the newspaper and the Durham Board website for name submissions. The submissions were then voted on by an ad-hoc committee of parents, students, Trustees, a Superintendent, and a school Administrator. One of the traditions of the Durham Board is to honour Canadians who have made a significant contribution of which Roméo Dallaire qualifies. The passion and purpose that Roméo Dallaire demonstrates will aid as a positive role model for our students. Roméo Dallaire is a Canadian Senator, humanitarian, author and retired General.
Dallaire came to Canada with his mother as a six month-old baby. He spent his childhood in Montreal. He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1963. In 1970 he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is widely known for having served as force commander of UNAMIR, the ill-fated United Nations peace-keeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, and for trying to stop the genocide that was being waged. Dallaire is the Special Advisor to the Canadian Government on War Affected Children and the Prohibition of Small Arms Distribution, as well he works with international agencies with the same focus, including child labour.
He is a great proponent of the concept of Institutionalism, and in 2004-2005 he served as a Fellow at the Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He endorses the Genocide Intervention Network. Dallaire was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 25, 2005. Dallaire would sit as Senior Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), a research centre based at the university's Faculty of Arts and Science.
Senator Dallaire has worked to bring an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the general public. He is a visiting lecturer at several Canadian and American universities. He pursued research on conflict resolution and the use of child soldiers. He has written several articles and chapters in publications on conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance and human rights. He is currently writing a book about the use of child soldiers. Dallaire and his wife Elizabeth have three children.