THE FAMILY BEHIND THE WAY OUT
Many Montrealers are facing exclusion or are experiencing problems such as domestic violence, addiction or homelessness. In order to bring them comfort, several organizations and related initiatives work in these areas of expertise. The team at The Way Out is there to help !
Although considerable effort is being made with individuals living said hardships, services for victims of sexual exploitation living all these issues at once are almost non-existent. In spite of all of this, many find themselves selling their bodies, believing that it will help meet their emotional and material needs.
Nothing that The Way Out does would be possible without a highly committed team : « The Way Out » family !
Although the ambassadors' activities may be diversified to promote The Way Out, this year's ambassador activities focused on recruiting participants for the Gala.
We are pleased to highlight their implication!
SUPPORT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A board support team is here to bring its voice to the board of directors.
Numerous are those who are involved in The Way Out operations on different levels: Logistic, Financing, Clinical consultation, Gala and many other sectors.
There are currently nine members sitting on the board of directors, two of which joined during the past year. Four meetings were held officially and several other exchanges took place outside these meetings.
Mr Gerry PLUNKETTPresident
A philanthropist and pastor for 30 years in the West Island community, Gerry Plunkett and his wife Marcia had compassion for the many sexually exploited young people. This concern grew to the point that a team joined him in the spring of 2012 to form a committee to found a charity. Through this work, they want to give victims their dignity back.
Ms Heidi ❤️Vice president
Heidi ❤️ has more than 30 years in hospital management and in Emergency department supervision: intensive care, cardiac, trauma and loss. She is also active in many philanthropic efforts that target the most vulnerable in our society, and that focus on their empowerment for the protection of their rights. These are projects that are close to her heart.
Ms Sylvie LEMIEUXHead of Administration
An administrator at an airport, Ms. Sylvie Lemieux has been involved in her community for more than 20 years and is greatly affected by the situation of the victims. Ms. Lemieux is eager to provide a refuge for these young women who are too often faced with a lack of a welcoming and safe place. Her efforts are focused toward the board of directors to ensure good democratic governance.
Mr Mario TETITreasurer
Mr. Mario Teti and his wife Nadine are entrepreneurs in the West Island, owning a bakery / delicatessen. Having witnessed the problem at hand, they recognize the need for such a service and join their resources to those of the organization to see its emergence. Being involved in several philanthropic works, Mr. Teti brings his experience as a financial director to, among other things, ensure sound financial management.
Dr Bernice PYNNPhilanthropy
Dr. Bernice Pynn joined the board of directors of The Way Out in December 2016. Ms. Pynn, N, MbA holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Medicine and has conducted several research projects relating to the welfare of women in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Ms. Pynn brings her experience in terms of care for women and also joins in the effort to raise funds for The Way Out.
I am a survivor of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. No one should be forced to sell her body to meet her needs and aspire to a better future. When I was 16 years old, I was left to fend for myself and I was naive. While I only wanted to be valued and to be recognized, others took advantage of my vulnerability in order to sell me off as a vulgar commodity. I hope that my testimony will give hope to young women and enrich the board of directors.
Mr Jason COMTOISPhilanthropy
Mr Jason Comtois, B.COM is a personal finance advisor. Now in his fifth year of service to his clients, Jason knows the importance of creating strong business relationships and empathy with the people he serves. Jason has been recognized by Desjardins on a number of occasions with the annual Distinction Award for surpassing annual expectations and objectives, as well as for his exemplary client approach. Mr. Comtois brings his expertise to the organization’s financial structure.
POSITION TO BE FILLED
We are looking for a dynamic and committed person to fill a position oriented toward public and legal affairs.
Do not hesitate to contact us.
EMPLOYEES AND INTERNS
Mr Ronald LEPAGEDirecteur
With a college education in management, Mr. Ronald Lepage holds a certificate in philanthropic management and a certificate in drug addiction treatment at Université de Montréal. For many years, he successfully and passionately led a community organization in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The Gérard-Brisson Center was charged with street work and is an internal treatment center for dependence and a resource for social reintegration. Under his direction, the centre has been certified by the MSSS. He is tasked with all the operations of the organization and with setting up assistance and support services for the victims.
Ms Maylissa LUBYSocial worker
Maylissa Luby is a full-time social worker and aids women with their reintegration.
Mr Dustin LUBYVideographer
Dustin is in charge of raising awareness among the public about sexual exploitation and the importance The Way Out's work from several angles. Visual content creation has been a passion for Dustin for a long time, he hopes to help change lives with his works.
Ms Esther CARPENTIERAdministrative assistant
Esther Carpentier is a part-time administrative assistant and helps produce communication tools and manages the donor database.
Mr Pascal TAILLONTechnologist
Pascal is able to do everything! A real "Jack of All Trades". We can count on him no matter the need. He is involved in the web development for The Way Out, among other things.
Lyne has a certificate in Drug Addiction and in Mental Health. She is currently studying to obtain her "BACCAP fondement et pratiques en sciences sociales et santé". Living at the residence full time, she accompanies women in their social reintegration process.