Team

 

Melodie Bissell
President and CEO 
mbissell@plantoprotect.com 

Melodie Bissell is the President of Plan to Protect®, providing the highest STANDARD of abuse prevention and protection to organizations servicing the vulnerable sector globally. The company services 7,500 volunteer driven organizations in Canada including care homes, sports clubs, churches, community clubs, etc.

Melodie has been nominated four years in a row for the RBC Canadian Women’s Entrepreneur Award and is honoured to be a Regional Finalist in 2014.

Prior to Plan to Protect®, Melodie attributes much of her professional growth to the many years she served in the not-for-profit sector as Executive Director of CEF Ontario, and as Director of Member Care and Editor of Excellence magazine with the National Quality Institute (Excellence Canada). Melodie is an active volunteer in Stouffville, Ontario where she lives with her husband, Scott who is a Pastor. She has three grown children. Melodie sits on the Board of Restore Canada.


Melodie









Candi Pigg
Risk Management Consultant 
cpigg@plantoprotect.com

Candi joined Plan to Protect® in January 2016 as a Risk Management Consultant. She graduated from Osgood Hall Law School, York University in 2010 and has worked primarily with research and teaching hospitals in identifying and mitigating operational risks. Candi is excited to work alongside of group of dedicated individuals who serve to create a safe place for children to thrive.

Candi is a recent transfer to the sunny shores of Gainesville, Florida. She became a new wife and dog-mom in February 2016.
 


 


Victoria Bissell, OCT
PROTECT magazine Editor

Tori worked with Plan to Protect® as our Director of Training for 6 years before moving to Kenya, where she works at Rift Valley Academy providing Child Protection Supervision to over 500 students. She graduated from Wilfred Laurier University and Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education. 
She loves children and has worked with kids as a Day Camp Director, Assistant Children's Pastor and Teacher.    


Tori loves traveling and has travelled extensively across Canada, USA, Italy, Bolivia and the UK.  She is creative and loves photography and scrapbooking.

 Tori



Taylor Scott-Reimer 
Director of Training
tscottreimer@plantoprotect.com

Taylor joined Plan to Protect® in August 2019. Prior to coming on board as our Director of Training, Taylor worked in Youth Ministry at a large Anglican parish in Toronto and as Camp Director for day-camp programs around the Greater Toronto Area. Taylor holds an honours Bachelor of Arts, in English from Tyndale University. She is passionate about the safety of vulnerable individuals. Taylor and her husband enjoy cooking new recipes together and spending time with their dog Artemis!

 Taylor



     
Karli (Montesano) McCrossan (Maternity Leave)
Admin Assistant to the President/Online Training Support
kmontesano@plantoprotect.com

Karli joined the Plan to Protect® team in September 2013. For many years Karli has committed to working with children and youth in a variety of settings including camps, and church ministries. She strives particularly off the energy from youth and the process of their development through some of the toughest years of life. She is driven by a passion for young people and loves to reveal the potential in them which she recognizes they already possess. Karli is dedicated to the safety of children and youth and is excited to be in a role which emphasizes the importance of this.

Karli is a graduate of Redeemer University College with a B.A in Social Work. She married her husband in April, 2016.


 Karli





Amanda Kelly
Assistant Director of Training

akelly@plantoprotect.com

Amanda joined the Plan to Protect team in May 2019 to provide assistance to the Director of Training. Amanda holds a Diploma in Paralegal Studies from Durham College, and a B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in Legal Studies. She is also currently studying toward a Certified Human Resources Professional designation. She has work experience in both a legal environment, as well as a childcare environment, and hopes to use her experience to contribute to promoting safe environments for our children, youth and vulnerable individuals of our communities.


Amanda and her spouse live in Port Perry, ON with their young daughter and three dogs. She loves spending her time taking her daughter to the park, playing music, and going for long hikes in the spring.




 Amanda





Teresa Lo
Director of Finance
tlo@plantoprotect.com 

Teresa joined Plan to Protect® in October 2016, as Director of Finance. 

She was born in Hong Kong. After graduating from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she continued a rigorous self-study program in governance, corporate finance, corporate law, corporate secretarial practice and strategy. She completed the program and became a chartered secretary shortly after moving to Canada in 1988. Teresa has over 20 years experience in managing budgets, financial reporting and financial analysis process for non-profit organizations. She is passionate about women's issues, children's well-being and education. 

Teresa is married with one daughter. She loves travelling, and has been to many places. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys reading and playing Sudoku.



 



Hayley Chan
Lead Trainer
hchan@plantoprotect.com 

Hayley joined the Plan to Protect® Team as a Lead Trainer in July of 2017.  She is passionate about training, equipping and empowering individuals to protect the vulnerable in their circle of influence.  She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology, and a Masters of Divinity in Youth & Family Ministry from Tyndale Seminary.  Prior to joining Plan to Protect®, Hayley served as a full-time youth pastor at a local church.  She married her husband (also a Children and Youth Pastor) in 2016 and currently, they are part of a church plant in Vaughan.  For Hayley, Plan to Protect® is about Love in Action and she is committed to sharing her knowledge and experiences so that every space is a safe place to be


 






Josh Bissell, OCT 
Special Projects Coordinator & Technical Training Support

jbissell@plantoprotect.com 

Josh rejoined the Plan to Protect® team in January of 2018, as Special Projects Coordinator. He is a graduate of Tyndale University College and Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. Josh has recently moved to the United Kingdom as a Teacher and is using his experience working in Churches, Camps, Schools, and Tutoring, with primary-aged children throughout the North of England.
Josh is an avid reader and board-game enthusiast who uses his creative abilities to write games for his friends in Leeds, UK. He has recently gotten engaged and is looking forward to his wedding in the Summer of 2018. 

 



Stephanie Montesano
Member Care Support
smontesano@plantoprotect.com 

Stephanie joined Plan to Protect® in May 2014. She provides administrative support for Member Care.

Stephanie graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012 with a B.A in English. She loves working with children and youth and hopes to one day pursue her dream to work with them full time as a teacher.


 Steph




Sarah Chaudhery (Maternity Leave)
Disabilities Coordinator
schaudhery@plantoprotect.com 

Sarah, M.Sc. (O.T.) is a registered occupational therapist with a passion for helping people of all abilities excel in everyday activities.  She is committed to helping organizations ensure they never have to turn people with different abilities away because of lack of supportive programming, training or facilities. 

After spending 6 years competing with the Canadian National Rowing Team at the World Championship and Olympic level, Sarah is particularly interested in enabling people to participate in active pursuits.

Sarah’s experience includes development of inclusive camps and programs, as well as providing 1:1 support for kids with different abilities while they participate in these activities. Sarah also uses her athletic ability to serve as a sighted guide for tandem cycling and running.


 Sarah






Lynda Taylor
Customer Support - Screening Services
ltaylor@plantoprotect.com

Lynda has had the hands-on experience of implementing Plan to Protect® into an organization from the ground up and is happy to share her tips and expertise with any organization working through the same process. She also takes care of our Plan to Protect® ScreeningCanada Platform, and is happy to assist all those with screening needs and requirements in their organization.

Lynda is also one of our Coaches, and loves helping others be the best trainers they can be for their organization.
Part-time, Lynda is a small business owner as well, working alongside her husband and adding a friendly boost to everyone she encounters.


Mariam
Kate McCullough 
Marketing and Communications Associate 
kmccullough@plantoprotect.com

Kate joined Plan to Protect® in late 2018 as a part-time marketing and communications associate. Prior to this, she worked as the recruitment and training manager for Canadian non-profit, Partners for International Development, and has been based in Peru for the last few years. She also works as an editor for a web content company, owns a surf shop, and runs a surf club for girls from low-income neighbourhoods in Trujillo, Peru.

Kate holds a B.A. in political science and Latin American studies from the University of Toronto, and a diploma in print and broadcast journalism from Humber College. Kate has a passion for politics, environment, and women's empowerment. When not working, she can be found with reading, running, surfing, or playing stick with the dogs. 


Kate
   
Advisory Council  
Carol Wiebe
Senior Advisor Abuse Prevention

Carol has served as a Children's Pastor for more than 20 years.  She is currently on staff with Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C.  Carol is passionate about protecting children.  She also finds great joy in her husband Steve and their two sons.

 Carol




Jane Cates
Consultant & Trainer

Jane has worked both an educator and a children's pastor. She is married and has joined her husband Bob in Comedy in Motion, www.comedyinmotion.com. Jane knows the challenge of implementing a safe environment for children, it requires commitment to juggle many tasks at once. She has become quite the pro!



 Jane



Diane Roblin-Lee
Director of Communications

In her remarkably transparent style, Diane engages hearts, encouraging readers to find life lessons through their own challenges.  

Diane is the author of our Predator Proof the Family series of books. 


 

 Diane



Don Hepburn, MSW
Protection Specialist and Advisory Board

Don Hepburn has 37 years experience with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, working in various capacities and positions from child protection worker to supervisor to senior manager, until his retirement in May 2007.   As a senior manager, he was the Director of Branches in North York, Toronto and Scarborough.

During his career at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Don always found time to work collaboratively with other community agencies to provide needed services for children and their families. In June 2007 he was the recipient of the Toronto Child Abuse Center’s “Making a Difference Award.” This award is presented each year to a person who is committed to the well being of children and families and who demonstrates on a daily basis his commitment to the elimination of child abuse and neglect.  

Since his retirement Don and his wife have spent time working with refugees in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and in August 09 they lead a team from their church to Rwanda to help build a school. Don was also the Camp Coordinator for a church baseball camp in 2009. This is a partnership of the Birchmount Baseball League, the Church at the Centre and Su Sportz.

 Don








Wayne L. Bernakevitch
Legal Counsel
www.mcdougallgauley.com/lawyers/wbernakevitch.shtml

McDougall Gauley LLP
Barristers and Solicitors
1500 - 1881 Scarth Street
Regina, SK  S4P 4K9
(306)  565-5102

 Wayne


Ken Hall
Advisory Board - Insurance
http://www.robertsonhall.com/insurance_home.html

Ken was instrumental in reviewing Plan to Protect® from an insurance provider perspective and has joined the Advisory Council of Winning Kids Inc.  Robertson Hall Insurance underwrites hundreds of churches and charities across Canada.  Ken is often invited to speak at conferences on issues related to protection and risk management.
 Ken


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