Who we are
Members contribute their time, ideas and area of expertise on a voluntary basis to the action of the group. If working to prevent human trafficking and to protect its victims has captured your interest and your imagination, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. There are many opportunities to collaborate in this work.
Board of Governors 2019/2020
Pauline Gagne, Chairperson, External Affairs Officer, OCEHT representative and Director of Education
Pauline Gagne is a Franco-Ontarian, a high school teacher specialised in special education, and a social worker. Pauline has always been very much involved in promoting the rights of French speaking people in Ontario. She has served on the Board of francophone Ottawa-based organisations such as La Magie des Lettres, Ami Jeunesse and Centre espoir Sophie, and is presently serving on the Catholic Center for Immigrant Board and the Comité Réseau d’Ottawa leadership Committee. Pauline is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa. She has been a missionary in Zambia, Haiti and Papua New Guinea, teaching and/or involved in social justice. Pauline was head of the Integral Human Development Diocesan Office in the Daru-Kiunga Diocese (Papua New Guinea). She has also been the Ontario francophone JPIC-person (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) for the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC). She has been a member of PACT-Ottawa since 2004.
Tacha Lehouillier, Treasurer
Tacha Lehouillier born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, comes from a strong financial background – shared between construction and not for profit organizations (almost 20 yrs!). She is currently the financial controller for one of Ottawa’s largest crane companies and has been there 9 years. Previously having worked for Ontario Provincial Police as 911 dispatcher and Society of the Sacred Heart as financial officer. Tacha has many years of volunteer services with the Parole board of Canada and the Rape Crisis Unit.
She was previously a Director for the Optimist Club of Vars to help bring her community village closer together and truly inspire the best in each child. Tacha joins the board to begin in the role of Treasurer in the 2017-2018 year and looks forward to this new role with enthusiasm, making a difference in her life and the lives of others is truly what inspires her to give back.
Danielle Kennedy, Vice-Chairperson, OCEHT representative
Danielle Kennedy was born in Brockville and moved to Ottawa to pursue her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa. After her studies, Danielle worked as a retail manager gaining skills in hiring and training staff and helping to bring the best out of her team members. At this time, she developed a passion for helping and collaborating with others and started tutoring students and acting as companion to youth with mental illnesses. Always looking for opportunities to learn, Danielle then pursued a postgraduate intensive diploma in Social Service Worker Studies from Algonquin College, where she graduated with honours. This opportunity provided Danielle with firsthand experience working in a women’s shelter where she witnessed the importance of providing a safe community to those at risk. Danielle currently works at an Employment Service office and has held many positions, which required her to create and facilitate presentations on overcoming the challenges of unemployment. In her current role as Employment Consultant, Danielle works one on one to support vulnerable individuals in employment and to provide community resources. She consistently works at developing important relationships with community partners to help job seekers overcome their multiple barriers in obtaining sustainable employment. She is excited at the opportunity to apply her skills and experience to further collaborate with others towards a worthy cause. Danielle is an eternal student and in learning will continue to seek opportunities such as PACT in helping bring awareness and protection to the victims of human trafficking.
Louis Karangura, Internal Affairs Officer
Louis is Director-Ottawa Parent Resource Centre and Member since: 2015
Louis has a background in administration law and social services and worked for several years in public and private sectors. He has always considered himself a problem solver and has been deeply involved in communities where he lived as a volunteer, organizer and team leader. He has been a Board member with various organizations over the years where he dedicated himself to being part of their success and development.
Louis has been involved in human rights organizations and human rights activist for many years;
Louis chose to become involved with PRC because he was extremely impressed with what the centre does in Ottawa and the surrounding areas to improve the future of families and ultimately society. He is convinced that with the collaboration of other Board Members, staff and partners of PRC, it will be easier to reach the organization’s goals and continue to fulfil the mission.
Louis is a parent, and he and his family always want to be part of a great number of willing people who donate time, talents and skills to create and support programs that respond to the needs of parents, children and families.
Eileen Kerwin Jones
Dr. Eileen Kerwin Jones has a background in public health and midwifery. She has worked nationally and internationally in the fields of health and education, with a focus on the wellbeing of women and children. Her doctoral thesis explored the problem of maternal mortality as an issue of social and economic injustice. Her ongoing research interests are in the areas of ethics, feminist studies, globalization, international health, maternal health, economics and contemporary slavery. She is a founding member of PACT-Ottawa. Eileen teaches in the Humanities Department of John Abbott College where she is the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies and Gender Relations Certificate.
Marlene Kelly, Internal Affairs Officer
Marlene Kelly is a founding member of PACT-Ottawa in 2004. She was the treasurer for a number of years.
With Anne Taylor, she ran Kairos Social Justice Centre which hosted the PACT Meetings at the Centre’s Gathering Space.
Marlene was there for the meetings, with Anne, to set up the room and get things ready. Marleen has always participated in the members meeting, enjoys coming to the meetings and likes the facilitation of the meetings. She is saddened by the drop in participation at the meetings.
She was part of the decision to allow PACT to use one of the offices of Kairos Social Centre without cost.
She ensured the access to the Bronson Hall for PACT’s End Slavery Day event.
When the Kairos Social Justice Centre closed, Marlene arranged to have another room for PACT’s monthly meetings.
Marlene has been a very dedicated member of PACT since 15 years!