OUR TEAM

THE FAMILY BEHIND THE WAY OUT

Come meet those who have chosen to offer a way out to survivors of sexual exploitation in Quebec.
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THE VOLUNTEERS

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 !

THE AMBASSADORS

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!

  • Jean-Pierre and Renée Dargis
  • Robert and Nicole Bourbonnais
  • Len Comtois
  • Clément and Denise Bergeron
  • Claude and Christianne Lavoie
  • Michel and Hélène Lavoie
  • Marie-Claire Grandin
  • Elizabeth St-Amand
  • Thérèse Kesserwani
  • Sheryl Norf Fiorentino
  • Elias Khury
  • Jean-Yves POIRIER

SUPPORT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board support team is here to bring its voice to the board of directors.

This team is composed of:

  • Maxime Lavoie
  • Nadine Jomphe
  • Marcia Plunkett

OPERATIONS

Logistic :

  • Marcela Peña Vega
  • Claire Edwards

Finance :

  • Daniela Christinziani

Clinical consultant :

  • Marise Godet-Lebrun

Gala :

  • Cinthia Audal
  • Sara Caprentier
  • Marie-Josée Gagnon
  • Javiera Jano
  • Chantallya Loui
  • Liberata Mukamujoni
  • Aurélie Nesme

AND ALSO ...

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Ms Johanna Cardinal

Translator

Johanna Cardinal headed up English translation.

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Pastor Philippe Joret

Ambassador

Pastor Philippe Joret solicited his entourage for donations and raised thousands of dollars.

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Mr and Ms Champoux

Ambassadors

Suzanne Côté and Simon Champoux solicited their entourage and were able to obtain a trip to Costa Rica.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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.

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Mr Gerry PLUNKETT

President

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.

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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.

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Ms Sylvie LEMIEUX

Head 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.

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Mr Mario TETI

Treasurer

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.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Dr Bernice PYNN

Philanthropy

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.

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Chantal

Administrator

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.

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Mr Jason COMTOIS

Philanthropy

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.

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Public / legal affairs

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.

THE DIRECTOR

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Mr Ronald LEPAGE

Directeur

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.

EMPLOYEES AND INTERNS

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Ms Maylissa LUBY

Social worker

Maylissa Luby is a full-time social worker and aids women with their reintegration.

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Mr Gaétan NOLET

Partnership Advisor

Gaétan Nolet was an advisor, and up until October 2017, he coordinated the research project Horizon.

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Ms Mary YOUSEF

Graphic artist

Participating in the Interconnection Program, Mary Yousef is a graphic designer and did a 140 hour internship to develop the new visual identity of our organization along with certain communication tools.

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Mr Dustin LUBY

Videographer

Videographer for the team, this medium has been a passion of Dustin’s for a long time and he hopes to help change lives through his work.

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Ms Esther CARPENTIER

Administrative assistant

Esther Carpentier is a part-time administrative assistant and helps produce communication tools and manages the donor database.

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Mr Matthew PLUNKETT

Translator

Matthew is responsible The Way Out’s English translation.

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Mme Catherine CÔTÉ

French writer

Catherine is responsible for French publications. The power of words fascinates her. She believes a scholarly blend of words not only conveys a message, but also an emotion, a mood, a tone of voice...

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Mr Pascal TAILLON

Technologist

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.

Now that you know us, let's get to know you!