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Trafalgar-Ross Lecture


Trafalgar School was pleased to welcome award-winning author Kim Thúy as the 2016 Trafalgar Ross speaker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Thúy's debut novel Ru won the 2010 Governor General's Award for French language fiction. An English edition, translated by Sheila Fischman, was published in 2012. The novel was also shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The novel won the 2015 edition of Canada Reads. Thúy published her third novel, Vi in 2016.

Click here to read her full biography.

One of the school's most celebrated activities linking past and present is the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture. Donald Ross stipulated in his will that an annual lecture be given at the school "...on suitable subjects, in science, history, literature, and religion..." The Lectureship was re-established in 1981 to perpetuate the memory and intention of our founder, Donald Ross, "to bring before a large audience of students, Old Girls, parents, staff and friends of the school, a speaker of prominence and personal distinction, whose address will prove of lasting influence and inspiration for our students." Now called the Trafalgar-Ross Lecture, outstanding Canadians such as Maureen Forrester, Marc Garneau, David Suzuki and Adele Wiseman are invited each year to address the school during the month of October. Click here for the complete list of past speakers.

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