Leadership Team


Glendyne Gerrard

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.

Annie Vinodhini
(Maternity Leave)

Annie joined as Administrative Assistant for Defend Dignity in April 2017 and is currently on maternity leave. She comes from the hot and humid land of India. A social worker by profession, she has worked in various non-profit organizations handling Adoptions, Tsunami response and Children’s Help Lines in India and Canada. She has also completed an internship in Maryland, USA on Developmental Disabilities. Annie is married to her husband Denver and they have two children, Anna and Amy. Annie was a stay-at-home mom until she felt God was leading her to work with Defend Dignity. She is passionate about the work of Defend Dignity and strongly believes that it is possible to end Sexual Exploitation in Canada.

Arlene Stinson

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 three adorable grandchildren. Arlene resides in Regina, where she has worked in human services for many years. 

 

Beatrice Wallace

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.

In the early 2000s, 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 2011.

Julia Ellergodt

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 2 wonderful grandchildren! Julia currently resides in Moose Jaw, SK, where her & her husband Bruce own several businesses.

Tyrone McKenzie

Ty McKenzie was raised a prairie boy, has lived in all of the western provinces and now makes his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is married to Karen, a music and band teacher in the inner city and has three kids – Kayla, Tiess and Layne. In his role on the team, Ty seeks to involve men in the work of ending sexual exploitation in Canada. His dream is to see men stand together with integrity and strength to lead in this area. Ty has served on the Advisory Team since 2010. In addition to his love of music, Ty also loves basketball and hot sauce.

 

Debbie Pond

Debbie’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 Leadership Team, Debbie brings her 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 in York Region for victims of human trafficking. Debbie’s passion for teaching led her to serve on four 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 Wahl
(On Leave)

Luke joined the Defend Dignity team in 2016. He has a desire to call the church and men in particular to step up and defend the victims of human trafficking. Luke is blessed to serve with Defend Dignity and to be a part of their outstanding ministry. He hopes to see and be a part of pornography’s heavy decline and demise in the future. Travel to all the continents, getting a scuba license, and hiking the west coast trail are all on Luke’s bucket list. Social work is where Luke finds himself these days. However, he plans to go into law enforcement once he decides to settle down.

Stacey Schwartz

Stacey’s career has taken place in various human service sectors; focusing on supporting vulnerable and marginalized individuals. Her passion and drive to understand the roots of societal abuse and addiction, has led her into researching and understanding more specifically the roots of exploitation.  Her experience in non-profit management, fundraising, executive board engagement, and community collaboration is an asset in connecting communities across Canada to resources and building awareness specific to domestic exploitation. Stacey’s heart for humanity was first stirred while volunteering in a northern reserve in Manitoba over a decade ago. She resides in Southwest Saskatchewan with her husband, Brett. She is active in her recovery community and is a life long learner; currently studying trauma and crisis care. Stacey loves authentic conversation, traveling, reading non-fiction books, and regularly retreats to nearby lakes for some self care.

 

Jacqueline Eboh

Jacqueline Eboh joined Defend Dignity as Administrative Assistant in fall of 2018. She is a recent McMaster graduate, where she did her undergraduate degree in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law. Jacqueline has joined Defend Dignity as the interim Administrative Assistant. Since graduating Jacqueline has had the opportunity to both research and work with victims of human trafficking. Jacqueline joined Defend Dignity because of her passion to end Sexual exploitation in Canada.

Chris Ferland

Chris grew up in a small town in Alberta. He learned at an early age how to numb the effects of childhood sexual & mental abuse with drugs, alcohol and pornography. After 17 years living this way, he found that a decision had to be made: either continue spiraling down the path of destruction, or completely change the way life was done. On April 29th, 1998 he quit drugs and alcohol but hung onto the porn addiction for another 13 years.

In 2011 Chris began to volunteer as a cook at the Journey, a weekend retreat for women effected by sexual exploitation and drug addiction. Through the stories he heard and by the grace of God his heart changed. He understood more fully the devastating effects of pornography and began using the truths he had learned in the 12 steps of AA to heal his mind. The road of healing had begun and continues to this day. 

Chris and Kimberly have been married for 17 years and are very involved in their community as local business owners and strong advocates for ending sexual exploitation and demand in Canada.

Brock Tyler

Brock joined the Defend Dignity team as Communications Director in the fall of 2018. Website maintenance, the Defend Dignity Instagram account, and various behind-the-scenes creative projects fall under his charge as he helps Defend Dignity work to end sexual exploitation in Canada. He enjoys music, good coffee, and hanging out with his wife and their two small kids.