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Major Ray Lamont – Territorial Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Coordinator

Who are you?
I have been an officer for close to twenty years and have served in Corps and Social, as a Divisional Youth Secretary, and as an overseas officer.  In addition to my current role, I am also the Vice Chair for our International MSHT Response Council and I am the Caribbean and North American MSHT Zonal Response Coordinator.  I have my AHT Certificate from Vanguard University, was involved in EU sponsored Advance MSHT Training in the Netherlands, and I am currently in my second year for my Masters of Slavery and Liberation.  I have also had vast front line opportunities in MSHT ministry in Canada, Bangladesh, Italy, and Greece.  My four years in Greece, working in front line MSHT response and development work and refugee response and development work, were the most impactful and life changing for me. 

Why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
One of my favourite stories in the Bible is how God delivered Israel out of slavery and into His freedom for them. I love this! I love how God has not created us to be slaves to people, to sin, to our flesh, to systems, and so on. In every sense, He has created us to be free and He has set us free. In so many ways, I want that freedom for all. Galatians 5:1 (The Message) – “Christ has set us free to live a free life.  So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”

What is your hope for MSHT response work in the Territory?
I have many hopes for MSHT response work throughout our Territory – too many to share here. My biggest hope is to see an entire organization mobilized through awareness, education, and training to actively engage in the fight for freedom whether it is through prevention activities, protection focuses, outreach, the provision of survivor recovery services, and / or advocacy.

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Larissa Maxwell – Divisional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

British Columbia Division

Who are you and why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I am the Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Programs for The Salvation Army, BC Division. I am a registered clinical therapist, hold a master’s degree in business administration, and has worked across North America in human trafficking and exploitation for over 16 years. I am also a registered instructor teaching at institutions across Canada, a professional consultant for government, corporate, and NGO partners, and oversee 8 direct services and initiatives specialized for Survivors in Canada through The Salvation Army.  These services and initiatives range from high security safe houses, crisis and community based outreach, mental health and addictions treatment programming, financial access inclusion, and much more.

My passion derives from innovation as a response to human suffering, investing in tangible and creative solutions that end human trafficking and addressing root causes, as well as supporting a large team and our Canadian communities to develop best practices in intervention and aftercare for those affected.

Contact:  larissa.maxwell@salvationarmy.ca; larissa@deborahsgate.ca

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Major Raelene Russell – Divisional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Alberta and North Territories Division

Who are you and why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I have been an Officer of The Salvation Army for over seventeen years serving in a variety of capacities and communities across Canada. My current role is the Divisional Resource Officer for the Alberta and Northern Territories Division which affords me the privilege and responsibility of serving in this MSHT role. It is my desire to inform, engage, and involve everyone at every level in this fight for freedom. My passion for seeing an end to MSHT stems from the belief that every person is created in the image of God and, as such, is worthy of love and dignity.

What is your hope for MSHT work in the Alberta and North Territories Division and the Territory?
My dream is to see housing supports established in every Division across this Territory – emergency, short-term and long-term housing where victims (female, male, and youth) can find healing, hope, and restoration.

Contact: raelene.russell@salvationarmy.ca

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Dianna Bussey - Divisional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Prairie Division

Who are you and how did you get involved in MSHT response work?
I am a social worker within the Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba and am currently serving as the Executive Director. I became aware and involved in anti-oppression and restorative justice work early in my career through my education at Booth University College. I then became keenly aware of exploitation through journeying with individuals who had been exploited and their families, reaching out to traffickers and exploiters, and partnering with the colleagues of the agencies and systems that respond to exploitation. This has been my passion - fighting to end modern slavery and human trafficking in all forms.

What is your hope for MSHT response work in the Prairie Division?
Exploitation through modern slavery and human trafficking happens across this Division. I envision our Territorial Fight For Freedom Strategy being lived out through a collaborative seamless response and engagement to prevent, address, and support those affected by MSHT.

Contact: dianna.bussey@salvationarmy.ca

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Greg McInnes – Regional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Ontario Division

Who are you and how did you get involved in MSHT response work?
I have served thirty-one years in different Salvation Army ministries - Corps, Youth Ministry, at the Training College, and Correctional and Justice Services. Currently I am the Director of Chaplaincy for Toronto Correctional & Justice Services and serve on the Territorial MSHT Response Committee. I didn’t choose MSHT work. It chose me on the Annual Day of Prayer for Victims for Human Trafficking in 2017 when the Holy Spirit personalized the need and potential for positive significant Salvation Army responses.

What is your hope for MSHT response work in the Ontario Division and the Territory?
I want to help every person I know to become aware of how modern slavery and human trafficking works and then see them join our prevention efforts. I want all ministry units to have a trained human trafficking contact. I also want to see stage 1 and 2 safe MSHT houses established in Ontario. 

Contact: greg.mcinnes@salvationarmy.ca

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Valerie Pavey - Territorial Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Territorial Headquarters 

Who are you and how did you get involved in MSHT response work?
I am a Children’s Ministries Consultant at Territorial Headquarters working out of the Children and Youth Ministries Department. When asked if I would represent my department on the Territorial MSHT Response Committee, I was thrilled to say “Yes”! Being a part of this committee has been a great learning experience that has been widening my knowledge and understanding of the MSHT fight and the need for everyone to join it. 

What is your hope for MSHT response work in the Territory?
I want others to see the need to reach out into our communities to educate and equip our young people in understanding what trafficking is, to know their value as individuals, and to provide them with safe spaces to seek help.

Contact: valerie.pavey@salvationarmy.ca

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Major Glenda Davis - Territorial Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Territorial Headquarters 

Who are you and why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I am the Territorial Social Mission Secretary for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. I spent ten years in business prior to entering CFOT in 1991. For fifteen years my appointments have been Social Services in Ontario and Saskatchewan in various types of programs including homelessness, mental health, and developmental services. I was then appointed as an Area Commander in the Ontario Great Lakes Division. As of July 2017, I have been in my current position: overseeing the department that provides consultation and guidance to the Social Services in Canada and Bermuda. I also have a Master of Business Administration Degree in Leadership.

I first became involved in MSHT response work when working with teen moms. Although I knew little about trafficking at that time, there were two young girls who came to The Salvation Army after being sold by their mother to support her substance abuse. That is why I am passionate about MSHT - witnessing the atrocity of two young lives being stolen has been engrained in my memory.

 Contact: glenda.davis@salvationarmy.ca

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Angelica Hernandez - Regional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Ontario Division

Who are you and how did you get involved in MSHT response work?
I have been working with The Salvation Army serving immigrants and refugees for more than ten years. I have witnessed first-hand the difficulties that victims and survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking have had to go through, and I always think that victim could have been me or someone I love. I know that I cannot end this evil alone, but I cannot stand still and wait for someone else to do it. God has called me to be His eyes, hands, and feet in this world. I decided to answer that call by being part of the Territorial MSHT Response Committee, where with a group of brave Christians who responded to the same call, we can make a difference one soul at a time.

Contact: angelica.hernandez@salvationarmy.ca

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Rebekah McNeilly - Territorial Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Territorial Headquarters 

Who are you and why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I am the Social Media and Resource Coordinator for the women’s ministry department at Territorial headquarters. My passion to combat human trafficking and modern slavery has grown steadily since I was sixteen years old, after watching the film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”. Following that, I was met with two unshakable realizations: First, human trafficking is a great evil of the present, and one that should break the hearts of all people. Second, hope is not lost. God has not abandoned any of his children, and he calls those of us who are able to fight to rescue those trapped in darkness. The result of this has led me to pursue a PhD in Criminology in efforts to be fully equipped in knowledge and practice to educate others, and find real solutions to protect vulnerable women and children.

Contact: rebekah.mcneilly@salvationarmy.ca

Julie Parker

Julia Parker - Regional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Ontario Division

Who are you and how did you get involved in MSHT response work?
I am the Executive Director Correctional and Justice Services and Community Alternatives for Youth – London and Area – Ontario Division. My first introduction to human trafficking started in 1979 while on a visit to London England. From there, it continued into the work I did with youth in the 1980s. It has now become an integral part of the programs and services that we provide through our work in London and surrounding areas.

Why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I am passionate about eradicating Human Trafficking due to working with so many victims and survivors over the past 35 years.

What is your hope for MSHT response work in the Territory?
My hope is that through prevention, education, and partnerships in the Territory that no one is ever trafficked for any reason and anywhere. 

Contact: julia.parker@salvationarmy.ca

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Major Darlene Anderson - Divisional Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) Response Advocate

Maritime Division 

Who are you and why are you passionate about MSHT response work?
I am a third generation Salvationist and have been actively involved in SA ministry for 40+years (28 years as an Officer). I have had a variety of Corps appointments across Canada, DHQ and THQ appointments, and been appointed to Russia for a period of time. I am currently the Corps Officer of Moncton Citadel Community Church. 

It is with passion and a heavy heart for the lost and broken victims that I serve on the Territorial MSHT Response Committee. God planted a seed of passion for this ministry in my heart in the late 80’s when I worked as a counsellor at a Co-ed Youth hostel on the third floor of the SA Booth Center in Ottawa, Ontario. Working with these youth, most of whom were victims of some form of exploitation, opened my eyes to see a hurting world in ways that were foreign to my loving and sheltered upbringing. It deeply challenged and changed me! As an officer, over the years, there have been a variety of circumstances which continued to fuel the passion to get involved and do more, do my part in the fight against MSHT. This fight is the DNA of The Salvation Army, founded by God, to fight for a better life for those who have lost their way, will, and voice to fight for themselves! Join us!

Contact: darlene.anderson@salvationarmy.ca