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, 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.
Adesola Anyaegbu, Secretary
Adesola Anyaegbu is a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, completing her masters degree in Globalization and International Development. She has a keen interest in development studies and is working on a thesis that focuses on basic education in the western parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of her academic work, she maintains areas of interest in international human rights, decolonial politics, feminist theories and social liberation. She is privileged to be on the PACT board and hopes to make meaningful impact through her work advocating for those that have been victims of human trafficking.
Danielle Kennedy, Vice-Chairperson, OCEHT representative, and Social Media Coordinator
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.
Debbie Palmer was born and raised in Eastern Ontario and moved to Ottawa to pursue her Bachelor degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Debbie is a member of a local Police Service with over 26 years of experience spanning all aspects of law enforcement and community safety. She has been a member of many committees, projects and initiatives and volunteers her time in the community to promote overall health and wellness.
Dieudonne Vuningoma, Treasurer
Dieudonne Vuningoma (Ph.D. Candidate) was born in Democratic Republic of Congo, moving to Canada in 2018. He has over 20 years of experience in senior managerial and financial management positions, having served in several public and private sectors within international organizations, including with the United Nations. He has been actively engaged in various capacities, including being a member of the board of directors and playing significant roles in many prominent organizations. His life has been dedicated to helping individuals, as well as communities as a whole, utilize their full potential. With this experience, he has been a voice to help those who feel they are voiceless. Along with his family, including 8 children, he has played essential roles in the involvement of community development everywhere they have lived by devoting their time, talents and treasure where needs be. Prior to PACT-Ottawa, he has been volunteering with elections in Vanier and with other local organizations. He is joining a strong team whose aim is to develop actions to prevent the lack of human dignity and resilience of those who were trafficked by the same people who were supposed to love them and raise awareness in the public.
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.
Leeanne Harvey is a designated Human Resource Professional with 20 years experience in several sectors across Canada and the Globe which included medical education, oil & gas, mining and manufacturing. As a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRP, CHRL), she has been responsible for the HR strategy and programs in support of business goals as a Director and Chief Human Resources Officer. With special interest in organizational effectiveness and workforce development Leeanne has been able to drive organizations people agenda while shaping a culture of continuous learning, innovation and agility. A graduate of The University of Regina, SAIT and Carleton University in Business Administration, Contract Law and Human Resources. Away from work Leeanne enjoys time with family and friends, sports and travel.
Louis Karangura, Internal Affairs Officer - on leave until Feb 2021
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.