KINSA Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance

KINSA Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance

May 01, 2008 13:09 ET

KINSA Honours Eight "Heroes" Who Make a Difference

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - KINSA, the Kids' Internet Safety Alliance - a charity dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet, is holding its second annual gala celebration tonight and honouring eight heroes who are making a difference.

These individuals were chosen by the KINSA board for their pioneering work around the world and are representative of just some of the ways people from all walks of life can work to end the abuse of children.

Those being honoured include:

Jim Gamble, Chief Executive, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), United Kingdom

Jim Gamble, of London and with 25 years policing in UK positions ranging from leading the fight against terrorism as the head of the Northern Ireland anti-terrorist intelligence unit to tackling organized crime as the Deputy Director of the National Crime Squad, Jim now heads up the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Jim was instrumental in forming the first international law enforcement partnership to combat child abuse online - well known today as the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) - and Jim is a world-renowned expert in the field of crimes against children and the fight against child sex abuse

Allison Dellandrea, Crown Attorney's Office (Ontario)

Allison Dellandrea has been an Assistant Crown Attorney for Ontario for over 10 years. She is currently seconded to the Criminal Law Policy Branch as the Education Coordinator for the Provincial Strategy to Combat Internet Crimes Against Children. Allison is also a member of the Ministry of the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, prosecuting the toughest cases of child exploitation in this evolving area of law. Allison is a dedicated advocate for child victims in court.

HSBC

In 2007, HSBC designated KINSA as "its charity" for a corporate management challenge. HSBC branch managers embraced the challenge and raised tens of thousands, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by HSBC corporate. These funds paid for the production and distribution of the Grossology series comic book Web of Deception, reaching up to 1.2 million children through the 280,000 copies distributed so far to Canadian schools in April 2008. (Mr. Jon Hountalas, EVP, Commercial Banking will be accepting the award on behalf of HSBC).

The Honourable Mr. Justice Joseph W. Bovard, Ontario Court of Justice

In his tenure on the bench, Judge Joseph Bovard has handled some of the most difficult child exploitation cases, and has served to establish a number of important precedents in how these cases are adjudicated. His compassion for the victims of these crimes is a hallmark of the way Judge Bovard handles these cases.

Cheryl Perera, President and Founder, OneChild

Cheryl Perera is an accomplished children's rights activist and the Founder and President of OneChild, which was established as a registered non-profit organization in July 2005. OneChild is the only youth-driven organization of its kind, dedicated to the elimination of the commercial sexual exploitation of children abroad. Cheryl's efforts to protect children have distinguished her as one of 'Canada's Top 20 Under 20'. She is studying Ethics, Society, and Law and Political Science at Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Earla-Kim McColl, RCMP

Earla-Kim McColl is a recently retired Superintendent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Ms. McColl was the RCMP Officer in Charge of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC). The NCECC is the national clearing house and coordination centre for all international requests to conduct investigations in Canada related to child sexual exploitation located on the Internet. The centre works collaboratively with law enforcement partners in Canada and around the world to protect children against Internet child exploitation. Ms. McColl is an ardent advocate for children and their universal protection.

Julian Sher, Journalist

Julian Sher is an internationally-acclaimed Canadian author and award-winning documentary TV producer. Julian wrote the book "One Child at a Time: The Global Fight to rescue Children from Online Predators" - released in March 2007 - a behind the headlines expose depicting how law officers are fighting back against a tide of abuse, with daring rescues in homes, to the seizures of millions of dollars in the offshore bank accounts of porn merchants. Mr. Sher has carried out investigative projects for the New York Times, The Toronto Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star. With several international documentary TV credits, Julian was most recently involved as writer and director of the documentary "Hunting for Predators" which aired on CBC in November 2007.

Ian Wilms, Chair of the Calgary Police Commission and President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards

In Calgary, Ian Wilms has a diverse business and government background, and has held various executive and management positions within IBM over 13 years focusing on public safety and security. Mr. Wilms is Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission, President of the Canadian Association of Police Boards, and 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. A leading advocate calling for the dedication of increased resources toward the investigation and prosecution of crimes of child exploitation, Ian was a force behind the creation of the Global Centre for Securing Cyberspace (GCSC), an international hub located in Canada that, when built, will be dedicated to the investigation of crimes on the Internet.

About KINSA

The Kids' Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) was established as an aggressive and proactive response to the negative aspects of the Internet that harm young people. While addressing this grave social problem, KINSA also acknowledges and celebrates the positive, creative and inspiring ways children and youth are using the Internet. The gala evening will raise awareness, raise some funds and celebrate children and youth.

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