Timea Nagy

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Human trafficking survivor, author, speaker and social advocate, Timea Nagy, immigrated to Canada in 1998. Her nightmare unfolded in Toronto in that same year after arriving from Budapest. Timea was held hostage at the hands of traffickers and was forced to work in the sex industry. Thankfully, she escaped and started life anew. Ten years later, Ms. Nagy founded ‘Walk with Me’, a non-profit organization to assist victims of human trafficking and law enforcement agencies. Between 2009 and 2015, her organization helped over 300 victims and over 500 human trafficking-related investigations throughout Canada. In fact, Ms. Nagy played a key role in Canada’s largest human trafficking investigation led by the Canadian Federal Police (RCMP Niagara Falls Detachment) known as project OPAPA.

Ms. Nagy provided training to numerous agencies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe – reaching over 10,000 law enforcement officers within sex crime units, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, as well as multiple American financial institutions. Ms. Nagy’s journey was chronicled at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the Turning Point Exhibition in 2014, and her many acknowledgments for outstanding service include: Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the International Freedom Award by Free the Slaves. Ms. Nagy was also the first Canadian advocate to be featured on the CNN Freedom Project show recently and with her global reach she has recently been asked to join a part of the UN team, the Liechenstein Initiative, in fighting human trafficking around the world. Ms. Nagy now runs Timea’s Cause Inc., a social enterprise focused education, training, and creating second chances for survivors.

Click here to watch a video of Timea sharing on CNN’s piece “Taking on the Traffickers”


Tara Wilkie

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Tara Wilkie is a Registered Nurse and Forensic Nurse Examiner whose specialty is Emergency Nursing. She is passionate about caring for the health needs of persons who are trafficked. Tara was instrumental in creating the Human Trafficking Healthcare Initiative Team for Fraser Health’s Forensic Nursing Service, and a creator of Human Trafficking: Help Don’t Hinder, the first online learning modules in Canada. These modules have trained thousands of emergency health care providers on how to identify and respond to trafficking.

Tara is a part-time instructor for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, teaching the Forensic Health Science and Technology program. In 2018, Tara was awarded the BCIT Distinguished Alumni award for her work to address human trafficking. Tara is a volunteer for Soroptimist International of the Tri-cities helping women and girls locally, and has volunteered abroad in Thailand with tribal children who were at risk and trafficked which was the catalyst to her life’s work.

Click here to watch a video of Tara sharing when receiving her award last year.


David Pollendine

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David has been working for International Justice Mission (IJM) since June 2017 in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. IJM’s vision is bringing justice to the poor and setting captives free. David has many years of experience working with a range of charities in the UK, and has travelled to many countries and cultures. He returned to the UK in 2002 to work as a National Youth Advisor for CMS and set up his own Theatre Company working in schools and with youth projects. Most recently, he worked to connect individuals, faith communities, and organizations to global projects to end poverty in all its forms. David and his family relocated from London, England to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2017.

Two IJM projects he will be highlighting at the Summit are:


Beatrice Wallace

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Beatrice lived a life of “survival” – abandoned by her birth parents and then later by her adopted mother, Beatrice learned to fend for herself. The use of drugs and alcohol gave her a way to cope, to forget the pain of rejection, sexual exploitation, and abuse she faced living life on the streets. Mother of 8, Kukom to 4, entrepreneur, public speaker, writer, activist, overcomer. She’s currently the assistant manager at Shayil Home at Souls Harbour. Nearly 16 years ago, Beatrice started the journey of healing from the abuse and addictions that had so long been a part of her life. Beatrice’s passion truly lies in helping woman/girls who are being sexual exploited. Beatrice serves on the Defend Dignity team and a part of SOS – Strengthening Our Sisters. The project goes out to First Nations reserves to share the risks of sexual exploitation in and out of our community. Beatrice co-founded White Pony Lodge which is an initiative to end violence in North Central Regina. The Lodge has had been recognized by the Federal Status of Women and the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award. Her story is featured on Context, Globe and Mail.


Andrew Hammond

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Andrew has experience in the identification of urban street gangs and its membership through various methods. He has spoken to over 400 gang members within the city of Toronto, attended countless conferences, public consolations, as well as his various partnerships with external agencies. Andrew is a board member on the Ontario Gang Investigators Association and is a member of four other gang associations across North America. He lectures extensively on current gang trends, gang migration, gang indicia, gangs and human trafficking and how social media is being used to recruit victims of human trafficking (HT), and how HT is fuelling gang violence.

Some of the organizations he has lectured to include: Toronto district School Board, Catholic District School Board, Judges, Lawyers, Children’s Aid Society, Bail and Probation officers, Ontario Gang Association Conference, Safe School Symposium in Vancouver, East African Conference in Calgary, University of Toronto Gang Symposiums, Corrections Canada, Ontario Police College, Canadian Intelligence Service of Canada, Canadian Intelligence Service of Ontario. 


Albert Brown

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Albert Brown has led over 95 John Schools in Saskatoon and is a member of HRC. He has seen first hand the devastating effects of sexual exploitation and trafficking has on victims and buyers alike.

To watch a video of Albert sharing of his experience is this work, click here


Ramona Swift thiessen

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Ramona has been an active artist showing and selling her work on both sides of the border for over 20 years. She has had work in galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, California, and Saskatchewan, and has participated in many juried shows.

The normal routine of “doing” art this way changed pretty dramatically in 2016. That's when she almost accidentally said “Yes” to being asked to teach a big group fundraiser. From that one “Yes” thousands of students have been in her group classes, and now a few are taking it further with private lessons. But all of these things happened to lead her to her current job description as a Performance Painter!

From never painting publicly, to painting in front of up to 2000 people at conferences, The Remai Art Center, The Bessborough hotel for banquets, The Sheraton Hotel, Retreats, Coffee houses, special parties, Community Halls, Galas, churches, in the future weddings, and more it's been quite a journey! There is an excitement for people to see the whole process from blank to finished in one session.

Ramona will be are official performance painter at this year’s summit. The piece will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to support our cause.

 

More Speakers and presenters will be updated here- Check back soon!