Our Team



Wendy Lowe

Wendy is the Executive Director of Defend Dignity, taking over from the founding Director in June 2023. She has invested her life in the charitable sector and has led many organizations at the executive and board level as a staff member and volunteer. She has also done corporate training as her side hustle, teaching leadership, and team building.  Most of Wendy's career has been spent working with and for those who are marginalized, with a focus on developing leaders. Her passion for the issue of sexual exploitation comes from hearing the stories of teenage girls who were trapped in prostitution when she was a frontline worker in Calgary.  Walking with these women who shared their personal stories forever changed her, and she realized that the solution to this assault on human value and dignity needed to be addressed on many levels, from educating the public to speaking to lawmakers and helping those who are being victimized.  Defend Dignity allows her the privilege to lead a talented and passionate team of staff and volunteers who are committed to working on the issue from all angles. Having spent the bulk of her life in Western Canada she is now a resident of Mississauga, discovering more of the beauty of Canada.

Annie Vinodhini

Annie joined as Administrative Assistant for Defend Dignity in April 2017. 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 Corporate Advocacy 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.


Jenna Scholz

Jenna is the Coordinator of Government Advocacy and Survivor Support Fund for Defend Dignity. Her passion is prevention: she works to stop exploitation before it even has a chance to occur. Jenna believes in the power of collaboration and is involved in equipping and empowering people to be part of the solution. She finds joy in the simple things: getting lost in the wonder of nature, engaging in deep conversations, and indulging in a good cup of coffee.

Brock TyIer

Brock is the Communications Coordinator for Defend Dignity. He oversees dD's website, social media , creative projects, videos, and various other communications that contribute to Defend Dignity's online presence and engagement in the fight against sexual exploitation in Canada.

Advisory Team

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.

Mikhaela Gray-Beerman

Mikhaela Gray-Beerman, MEd, is an anti-trafficking advocate, researcher, and educator, as well as a non-profit consultant. The work she does is informed by the many inspiring women and girls who have entrusted their stories with her. Mikhaela is the host of a RogersTV television program and podcast on human trafficking called Freedom Fighters: Code Gray and she is the Chair of Untied Freedom, an anti-human trafficking committee. During her graduate studies at York University, she completed her Masters of Education thesis on the trafficking of women and girls in India. She is published in the Journal for Teaching & Learning as well as the University of Toronto Press. Other interests include: creative movement, collaborative art initiatives for social justice, cross-cultural service learning and community outreach.

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!


Susan Holtby

Susan joined Defend Dignity as a volunteer in 2017. After a unique volunteering opportunity ministering to vulnerable women, her eyes were opened to the sexual exploitation happening in Edmonton. Susan has been involved in advocacy to city council, police services and members of parliament. She has helped to bring awareness about the harms of pornography to churches and schools and is passionate about ending sexual exploitation. Susan is married and has four grown children. She enjoys reading, researching, cycling and skiing.

Team Members

Hennes Doltze

Hennes Doltze is a program manager with the Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services – Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works with men who have exploited vulnerable people for sex or who have been abusive towards their intimate partner. He believes that in order to create safety and security for women it is essential to work with men to combat sexual exploitation and domestic violence. He has a strong interest in social justice and advocacy and has held various positions in probation, child welfare and the mental health field in Canada as well as in Germany. Hennes is married to Sarah and they have three children.