OUR TEAM

Cristina Scarpellini

Cristina Scarpellini is the Founder and Executive Director of Angels of Hope Against Human Trafficking (AOH). Prior to establishing Angels of Hope in 2015 Cristina was in active addiction for many years using drugs as a substitute for mental health treatment. While in active addiction, Cristina saw first-hand the devastation and connection between addictions, mental health and sex trafficking. With the support of her family, friends and professionals, Cristina surrendered to her addiction to opioids and received the proper treatment to live a life of abstinence. After years of sobriety, she felt compelled to recreate the support system she had for survivors of human trafficking.

Today, Cristina is the Executive Director of AOH, an advocate for eliminating gender-based violence, a key note speaker, trainer, peer mentor, front line worker and a registered Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor. She is trained in suicide intervention and prevention, mental health first aid, ADAT assessment, tobacco cessation, gambling addiction, concurrent disorder, twelve core components of mental health and addiction, and sensitivity training pertaining to sex trafficking, and has extensive training in human trafficking and sex work.

Cristina was the winner of the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Award, 2017 BPW Woman of the Month Award, and has been featured in the Sudbury Star, CTV News, She & Her Spotlight and CBC.

Cristina directed and hosted the only human trafficking documentary in Sudbury (The Reality of Human Trafficking in Sudbury) and worked alongside a professional photographer on a special project to capture photographs that depict human trafficking. The photographs have been used in awareness campaigns and digital billboards. She has also hosted annual fundraising and awareness human trafficking galas.

Cristina is a skilled facilitator having trained organizations such as Health Sciences North, Niigaaniin Ontario works program, Atikemesheng Anishnawbik, Nogdawindamin, Laurentian University, Cambrian College, and presented at events such as MMIW conference, support groups for women, and focus on youth summer programs.

When Cristina isn’t advocating or supporting survivors, you will see her on the road riding her motorcycle or snow machine, spending quality time with friends and family, playing with her beloved black lab Charlie Brown or relaxing by the lake.

When she started working in the field, she quickly realized there was a gap in the service system for victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.

She decided to take training in human trafficking and started an organization called Angels of Hope Against Human Trafficking (AOH). This organization operates out of the City of Greater Sudbury, and has been a registered incorporated charity since September 2016.

To date, the organization has assisted over 200 survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as their families.

Lynzy Lalande

Angels Of Hope Against Human Trafficking has on board Lynzy Lalande, graduate of Laurentian University, 4 years Honours B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology. She is proudly honoured by the YWCA Women Of Distinction Awards 2015. She is BOOST Youth Certified through the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, Toronto, ON.  Her training and Public Education on VAW is sexual assault survivor lead training and Certified Human Trafficking trained.

Lynzy’s presentations are sexual assault survivor lead as she has lived experience with childhood sex abuse and adult sexual violence.  Her adult sexual assault (2012) case has been tried through the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Court process. She advocates the reporting of sexual assault to police, teachers, or medical professionals, but also understands why many victims do not.  Lynzy has years of VAW experience to offer.  Formerly worked with organizations such as Health Sciences North, Ramsey Lake HospitalViolence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIPP), and Voices For Women Sudbury Sexual Assault Centre (VFW) for 6 years.  Lynzy trained many HSN departments, including her own team on Human Trafficking.  Many local Sudbury, ON schools (Rainbow School Board/Catholic School Board/Conseil scolaire public du grand nord de l’Ontario) on consent, healthy relationships, healthy boundaries, and sexual assault/online sexploitation and human trafficking(bilingual presentations).

Provincially she had the honour to be a part of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres(OCRCC), Toronto ON with 36 grass roots Ontario Sexual Assault Centers.  She has trained Sudbury and Area Victim Services and was a former volunteer Board of Directors member (4 years).  A volunteer Board of Director with Voice Found Against Human Trafficking, Ottawa ON.

She was a professor at Cambrian College teaching Violence Against Women for the Social Issues course for the Cambrian Justice Program.  Adding, Lynzy had the pleasure to work with the YMCA Immigrant Services Newcomers to Canada identifying gaps in community, provincial services, and barriers for newcomers to Canada in reporting Violence Against Women- domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking.  Lastly, (2018 to 2021) Lynzy worked in the justice system with the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, with a variety of cases ranging from criminal, young offenders, child protection, family, and mental health. Assisting judicial, counsel, and all functions of the court room.  Lynzy Lalande brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to Angels Of Hope Against Human Trafficking.   As she always says: “Your strength is fire! Raise your voice, and if no one hears you speak louder.  Shake things up.”

Allison Owl

Aabii, boozhoo, Allison Owl Ndizhnikaas, Sudbury megwaa n’dodaa, Sagamok n’doonjibaa.  Migize n’danowemaa.  My name is Allison Owl.  I am a proud Anishnawbek kwe and mother, from the community of Sagamok Anishnawbek, and have been a resident of Sudbury for almost twenty years.  I am a member of the Eagle Clan.

Since I was a young girl I knew I wanted to work and advocate for children and families. Growing up as a Crown Ward in Children’s Aid I knew one day I wanted to be the voice for those who couldn’t find their own.  To be able to do so, I chose the path of Child and Youth Work.  I obtained my Diploma at Cambrian College, however it was during my studies at Cambrian where I felt that it could only benefit myself and others by furthering my education and skills.  I continued my studies at Laurentian University where I obtained my BSW in Indigenous Social Work.

Throughout my personal and professional Journey, I have acquired much experience and skills, which Ive embraced.  I am enjoying my journey thus far, and only look forward to what the creator presents to me as I navigate into my future.

Our organization:

  • Provides ongoing long-term support to survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation;

  • Establishes and utilizes resources appropriately to best serve survivors;

  • To the best of its abilities, provides clients with support and guidance;

  • Provides comprehensive mental health (trauma) and addictions counselling services;

  • Provides a safe and secure environment for survivors of all backgrounds;

  • Acts as a referral service and connects survivors to the appropriate resources;

  • Promotes and encourages social inclusion;

  • Walks alongside survivors to help them find peace and healing.

Angels of Hope strives to support survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation through their journey to healing. Along with establishing goals with each individual client, our main priority is to aid in re-integration into society with minimal triggers and access to support services.