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
Adesola Anyaegbu, Co-Chairperson
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.
Leeanne Harvey, Co-Chairperson
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.
Pauline Gagne, Past Chairperson, Acting Treasurer
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.
Eileen Kerwin Jones, Secretary
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.
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.
Kabahenda R.N., PhD earned a doctoral degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of London. She enjoyed a 25-years career in the Government of Canada, as a research specialist and Intelligence analyst on Africa working on issues of state protection, migration, human rights violations, crimes against humanity, genocide, and national security, immigration and resettlement to Canada.Before coming to Canada, Kabahenda taught English and French in secondary schools in Uganda and Kenya, additionally, she has a background in Family Studies.
Currently, Kabahenda works as on her own writing, and talking on issues of gender equality, women’s rights, women’s leadership and political participation, and violence against women refugees in the context of forced migration refugees in Africa; she has also published some articles on these issues.
She has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Carleton Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), Carty House, a temporary residence for female asylum seekers in Ottawa, Canada, and as an Interview Coach for World Skills, Ottawa.
She is an Encourager/Coach with World Pulse, a virtual network of over 70,000 women all over the world, as well as a volunteer member of the Advisory Woking Group of the UN Commission on Status of Women’s 65th session (CSW65). She is a member of Toastmasters’ International and has earned the highest award in the Communications Track: Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG).