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 2016/2017
Pauline Gagne, Chairperson, External Affairs Officer 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.
Rosanna Carreon, Co-Vice-Chair
Rosanna Carreon has worked and volunteered to advance social justice, equity and human rights for a number of years. After growing up in Winnipeg and attending the University of Manitoba, she worked to promote equal opportunity and accessibility in the workplace. She later moved to Chicoutimi, Quebec, and while learning French, she dedicated her time to advance minority language rights in the community and health services in the Saguenay. Upon her arrival in Ottawa 23 years ago, she commenced a nine year career in equal access to education and student services at the University of Ottawa. In 2005, she decided to go back to school to study law. While in law school, she completed a research project on the Palermo Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons which led to an internship at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and a social justice fellowship. Her internship comprised of laying the groundwork for a casebook of court decisions in forced labour and human trafficking used to train judges, prosecutors and legal practitioners. Prior to graduation, she accepted a one-year Clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada and soon after began her bilingual legal career at the RCMP. She is currently at Justice Canada HQ. Rosanna was a volunteer Board member for Bruce House in 2012-2014 and in September 2017 she will be on a 6-month volunteer placement with an NGO in Myanmar to document child/human trafficking cases and to collaborate with Burmese lawyers who represent victims of gender-based violence. As a new member, Rosanna is delighted to be associated with PACT-Ottawa and looks forward to contributing to its valuable efforts.
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.
Melissa Cernigoy, Secretary
Melissa Cernigoy is from Thunder Bay, Ontario and has had the opportunity to travel and live all over Canada. She most recently moved back to Ottawa after spending four years in Vancouver working for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She is very pleased to join PACT and to contribute to the organization’s important work of preventing and supporting victims of human trafficking. She has previously worked on committees and working groups to coordinate meetings, preparing agendas and records of decision, and advance initiatives within several federal government departments. Melissa took an interest in human rights and trafficking while completing a Masters of Arts at the University of Waterloo. She is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable peoples, and has volunteered for community organizations such as the Reconciliation Canada, United Way, and ACORN Canada.
Emily Miller, Internal Affairs Officer
Emily Miller moved to Ottawa from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1999. From 2005 to 2013 Emily served as Executive Office Administrator for the Society of the Sacred Heart (Canada), a congregation of Religious women whose ministries include many educational and social justice initiatives. It is through this association that Emily was first introduced to the mission and vision of PACT-Ottawa. In April 2013 Emily began working as the Bookkeeper/Office Administrator for Operation Come Home, an innovative organization offering a multitude of comprehensive support programs and educational opportunities for at-risk and homeless youth in Ottawa. In August 2016 Emily made the decision to leave Operation Come Home to work with her Family’s growing Business as Financial Officer. Today Emily continues to volunteer as Internal Affairs for PACT – Ottawa.
Pawel Mazurek, Board Member
Pawel Mazurek graduated from Saint Paul University with a B.Th and a multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Conflict Studies. His research concentrates around the relation between communication and violence, particularly in the age of digital media. Pawel has more than 15 years of local and international experience working in digital communications as developer, webmaster, project manager and consultant. He is currently employed as Coordinator, Course Offer and Promotion for Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy at Saint Paul University. Pawel is also a passionate union activist within the structures of Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). In his local bargaining unit, he sits on the Executive Committee and serves as the Chief Negotiator. He has also been appointed to the OSSTF provincial Communications and Political Action Committee. Pawel is passionate about human rights, equity, dignity and crime prevention. He also volunteers with Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) where he sits on the Community Forum and serves as CPO Ambassador.
Terrilee Kelford, Past Chair
Terrilee Kelford is passionate about helping children and youth and has been providing a variety of residential services in Eastern Ontario since she founded Kelford Youth Services in 1997. It was in this capacity that Terrilee began to recognize the signs of young women being recruited into trafficking. For years, Terrilee worked closely with colleagues within the local Police force to identify and remove young people from the streets to safe refuge. In a volunteer capacity, Terrilee is also vice-chair of Cornerstone Landing Youth Services, a non-profit charitable organization that supports young people at risk of homelessness in rural areas. She has spoken publicly at a local and National level on the issue of rural youth homelessness. Terrilee is currently completing a Masters in Counselling Psychology.
Coordinator of the Policy & Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC)
Assistant Coordinator of the Policy & Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC)
Director of the Policy and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC)