Director of Defend Dignity
Glendyne Gerrard has been Director of Defend Dignity since 2010. She leads with a passion for the church and individuals to be involved in standing in justice for marginalized women in Canada. She continues to learn from a growing number of survivors of exploitation. Glendyne has served as the National Director of Women’s Ministries and has served as a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance family of churches. Glendyne lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Douglas who is Executive Vice President of the C&MA.
Read "How a Pastor's Wife Defends the Dignity of Women Who Are Prostituted", an article in Faith Today about Glendyne Gerrard and the work she does with Defend Dignity!
Arlene is the Coordinator of Research and Strategic Development for Defend Dignity. God’s call to break the yoke of oppression is what motivates Arlene in this work. She is married to Edwin, and they have three daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons. Arlene resides in Regina, where she has worked in human services for many years.
Beatrice has lived a life of survival; abandoned by her birth parents and then later by her adoptive mother. Beatrice learned to fend for herself. Abusing drugs and alcohol gave her a way to flee, to forget the pain of rejection, sexual exploitation, and abuse she suffered while living on the streets.
Ten years ago, desperately longing for change in her life. Beatrice cried out to God for help and he lovingly intervened in a miraculous way. With the encouragement from people at a local church, Beatrice developed a personal relationship with God and began the journey of healing from the abuse and addictions that had for so long controlled her life.
Beatrice has been a part of the Defend Dignity team since 2010.
Julia has been a member of the Defend Dignity team since its inception. Being involved with an organization that is relevant & effective in addressing the issues that surround sexual exploitation is a high value for her. One of her roles on the Defend Dignity team is to assist in the production of video promotional materials. She loves warm tropical climates (who doesn’t ?), & is smitten by her new granddaughter. Julia currently resides in Moose Jaw, SK, where she & her husband Bruce own several businesses.
Ty McKenzie was raised a prairie boy, has lived in all of the western provinces and now makes his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has been married for almost 25 years to Karen, a music and band teacher in the inner city and has three kids - Kayla, Tiess and Layne who are in various stages of university and high school in Saskatoon and all involved in music as well. In his recently begun role as Resource Developer for Defend Dignity, Ty is passionate about linking justice ministry with the local church as we work together to put an end to sexual exploitation across Canada. His dream is to see men stand together with integrity and strength to lead in this area. When he's not travelling for Defend Dignity, Ty is the Worship Arts director at Lawson Heights Alliance Church. Ty has served on the Advisory Team since 2010. In addition to his love of music, Ty also loves basketball and hot sauce.
Katelynn is a recent graduate of Ambrose University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Science. Katelynn first joined the dD Advisory Team in December 2012 and she loves using the critical thinking skills she learned in her degree in her approach to the social issues related to the sex industry. Katelynn works as a Program Facilitator for Next Step Ministries, an agency in Calgary whose primary program, Sparrow House, offers a long-term transitional home for women leaving sexual exploitation. Katelynn is thrilled to bring the perspective she is learning from the women she serves at Sparrow House to the work of Defend Dignity. Katelynn loves road trips, vintage items, and being creative in the kitchen with her newlywed husband David.
Debbie Pond’s passion and commitment to supporting vulnerable and marginalized people has led her to travel down varied paths in her life’s journey. Debbie was actively involved in volunteering in the many communities where she served during her 35 year (retired Oct 2013) career as an RCMP Officer. As member of Defend Dignity’s National Advisory Team, Debbie brings her breath of experience as a front line officer and her fervent desire to advocate for change. Debbie is one of the founding members and Chair of the Board of Directors of u-r home, a not for profit organization, whose vision is to establish safe homes for rescued victims of human trafficking in York Region. Debbie has served for a number of years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation and leads an adult support group. Debbie’s passion for teaching led her to serve on three volunteer mission trips to Africa. Debbie is single, but her 13 nieces and nephews ensure that her life is never dull. Debbie loves to travel, garden, bake, and read a good book while enjoying a good cup of “King Cole”…tea!
Luke joined the Defend Dignity team in 2016 after returning from serving with YWAM and other justice ministries in Los Angeles, California; Panama; and Costa Rica. Luke has a passion to call the church and men in particular to step up and defend the victims of human trafficking. He is really excited to serve with Defend Dignity and to be a part of their outstanding ministry. Luke hopes to see and be a part of pornography's heavy decline and demise in the future. His plans include becoming a CBSA officer, going to every continent (except Antarctica), and learning Spanish. When time, money, and energy permit you can find him either snowboarding, outdoor adventuring, chilling with friends, or playing/listening to music. Luke lives in Calgary, AB.