Chaplain Hillar Alkok
Hillar has worked alongside police on and off for 17 years. He is presently a Volunteer Chaplain with Toronto Police Service @ their flagship 14 Division. His training and experience has allowed him to see firsthand what police face day to day. In 2018 he was involved in 3 separate debriefs with the CIRT team for officers who were first on scene of the Yonge Street van attack.
Hillar has counseled numerous cops who have suffered from Operational Stress Injuries, including PTSD. He believes strongly in building trust with those who might one day approach him and that is why he is seen doing ride alongs on a regular basis.
Hillar recently spent a week in Eastern Ukraine training new police chaplains in a country that at the time had only one chaplain. He went to within a few kilometers of the war zone with Russia and spoke to the Patrol Police in 3 cities that were at one time occupied by Russian terrorists. He introduced police chaplaincy to senior officers in each city and was warmly welcomed.
Hillar believes his faith in the Lord allows him to see each police officer he encounters as a precious child of God. He will never preach at or judge those who seek out his help. He can be reached at any time.
Phone: 416.560.9508 (24/7)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (confidential)
Imām Shaykh Imran Ally
Imām Shaykh Imran Ally – Chaplain
Imran Ally is a university graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language. Currently, he is employed as the Imām and Shaykh (Muslim Scholar) in residence of the Toronto And Region Islamic Congregation (TARIC Islamic Centre), where he continues in service dutifully since 2000. TARIC is among the first and largest Mosques in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Imām Ally being among the few longest-standing Imāms serving at one Mosque in Canada speaks volumes to his abilities and approval ratings from Muslims in the GTA.
Imām Ally’s interfaith contribution in the GTA keeps him quite active. Through his work, he is lauded for presenting balanced viewpoints on Islam which often strike common grounds with other faiths and beliefs. He continues to promote an approach to faith encouraging community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He was requested to lead Muslim prayers and multi-faith memorial services throughout the GTA for the Quebec Mosque shootings in January 2017.
Imām Ally also serves in the capacity of a Director or an Advisor or a Consultant on numerous boards involved in civic-engagement for which he has received many accolades and recognitions. He is also a member of good standing in many organizations such as:
Canadian Council of Imāms
Canadian Police Chaplain Association
Furthermore, Imām Ally is stalwart in the field of Canadian Chaplaincy. Over the years, his involvement in various chaplaincy disciplines includes law enforcement, health care and sports. Some notable areas of current and past service are:
Chaplain – Peel Regional Police (third largest municipal Police Service in Canada)
Chaplain – Humber River Hospital (first digital hospital in North America)
Chaplain – Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games – Toronto (2015)
Chaplain – Invictus Games (2017)
Imām Ally is a great believer in volunteering and during a typical address in Muslim gatherings, he’s known for popularly including a saying, “if you are not making a difference in your community – there is a deficiency in your understanding and practice of Islam.” Recent 2018 recipient of the Dr. Ashleigh Molloy award which recognizes an individual who contributes positively to the community, someone who has made a difference in making a more inclusive society and promotes accessibility.
Imām Ally and his wife Kameeza enjoy a happy and blissful marriage of 17 years and are blessed with three young sons (Musa, Yusuf, and Sauleh). In 2007, the Imām assisted his wife who founded Yusuf’s Day of Hope (YDOH), a not-for-profit fundraising initiative (annual family day event) named after their second son, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. What started off as a humble undertaking of ‘giving back’ – YDOH has entered its 12th year and has currently raised more than $180,000, all of it donated to the Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This initiative supports research and academic activity related to the clinical care of children with multiple and complex health challenges.
Imām Ally is always approachable and personable – all with an aura of the prophetic teaching,
“…show mercy to those on earth, and the Lord of the Heavens will have mercy upon you.”
Rev. John Borthwick
John has served as the minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Guelph, Ontario since 2003. Prior to that, he served a church in Rexdale for five years. He is trained in Conflict Mediation and Leadership Development and occasionally does some teaching, coaching, and facilitation work in this area.
In 2014, John was appointed as the volunteer chaplain for Guelph Police Service (the first in this service’s long history). He is not only CPR certified, but a certified Mental Health First Aider, ASIST trained, CISM trained, and has completed the full training package offered by the Canadian Police Chaplain Association. In 2016, John became a trainer for Road to Mental Readiness and co-facilitated the roll out of R2MR with Guelph Police Service. He is currently completing training to become a Community and Workplace Traumatologist with Traumatology Institute, Toronto.
John brings a calming presence into challenging circumstances, and uses his curiosity and sense of humour to help people feel at ease discussing difficult matters.
Address: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8
Phone: (519) 822-4772 (Church)
Email: email@example.com (Confidential)
Rev. Gerry McMillan
Rev. Gerry McMillan was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario. He is an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. McMillan has served in pastoral ministries in South Western Ontario for over 27 years. McMillan’s ministry has been community minded. While in pastoring in Fort Erie, he served on the board of the Niagara Drug and Assessment Service (Addiction Research Foundation) 1982 to 1984. For six years he was a board member of the Survival Through Friendship House (shelter for Domestic Abuse) 1984 to 1990 in Goderich Ontario.
Since 1992 McMillan has served the Georgian Critical Incident Stress Management Team as a chaplain and debriefer. In 2002 McMillan led debriefings for the Barrie Fire Service after an on the line duty death of a fire fighter. After the Goderich Tornado in 2011, McMillan was part of CISM assessment team. The Georgian CISM team serves police, EMS, Fire, Hospitals etc.
Since 1997 McMillan has served as Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ‘O’ Division. McMillan also serves on their CISM team. As a RCMP Chaplain and CISM Responder McMillan has served the Force at the Swiss Air Accident in 1998 in Halifax Nova Scotia, the Organization Of American States in Windsor, Ontario in 2000, The Papal Visit 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, the Vancouver Olympics 2010 Vancouver B.C. and the G-8 Conference 2010 in Huntsville Ontario
Since 2000 McMillan has also been a chaplain for the Ontario Provincial Police. For 5 and 1/2 years he served as Director of the Ontario Provincial Police Chaplain’s Program. Presently he serves as chaplain for OPP General Headquarters and Central Region.
McMillan is also a member of the Canadian Police Chaplain Association and the International Conference of Police Chaplains. He served on the CPCA Executive for 6 years, 2 years being the president. Since 2000 McMillan is a Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 in Orillia.
McMillan is the recipient of the RCMP Volunteer Certificate, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Governor General Caring Canadian Award.
McMillan resides in Orillia Ontario,he’s been married for 44 years and has three children and two granddaughters.
Gerry McMillan can be reached at (705) 329-0338 and cell (705) 619-2444. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Ralph Mills B.Th. MTS.
Pastor Mills has been in full-time ministry for twenty-eight years and is currently the lead pastor at River Oaks Community Church in northeast Oakville, Ontario.
Ralph served personally as a police officer with Durham Regional Police for several years before seminary training and entering parish ministry.
While pastoring in Chatham, Ontario he was the Chaplain for Chatham Police Service and also was a member of the London area, ‘Ontario Interfaith Committee’.
He has first–hand knowledge of what our police communities are facing today and has the ability to listen with sympathetic understanding.
He has been married for 43 years, has two daughters, and five grandchildren.