A chaplain is, traditionally, a cleric (such as a minister, priest, pastor, rabbi, purohit, or imam), or a lay representative of a religious tradition, attached to a secular institution (such as a hospital, prison, military unit, intelligence agency, embassy, school, labor union, business, police department, fire department, university, sports club), or a private chapel.

Chaplain Imran Ally

Chaplain Imran Ally - BOLC Director, Multifaith Chaplaincy

In the past 20+ years, chaplains have had to deal with varieties of attention, stigmas, and stereotypes. As a response, they’ve had to develop mature ways to carve out and articulate their Canadian identity while maintaining their faith. As chaplains in other faiths and beliefs will tell you, this is no easy feat! Luckily, there’s Chaplain Imran Ally.

Imran is an award-winning Chaplain and is a highly respected career Imam (Muslim faith leader) in Toronto, where he’s employed as the official resident Imam and Scholar at the TARIC Islamic Centre, a position which he continues to hold for more than 20+ years. In Canada, such a lengthy period of employment at one Mosque for more than two decades is a rare achievement thus includes him among a handful of elite Imams in the nation.

Imran has been impacting and touching the lives of many first responders and athletes during international sports for his entire career. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and inspirational faith leaders of multifaith chaplaincy in Canada, he gracefully embodies servant leadership. Imran’s work keeps him quite active, and he is lauded for presenting balanced viewpoints which often strike common grounds with other faiths and beliefs. He is often sought after to participate in multifaith services and events.

Imran has previously and continues to serve on several boards and committees for respected institutions and agencies in civic engagement and multifaith representation. In honourable recognition, he has received many accolades in various areas for his work and dedicated volunteer services.

Imran and his wife Kameeza enjoy a blissful marriage and are blessed with three sons. In 2007, he supported his wife who founded Yusuf’s Day Of Hope (YDOH), a not-for-profit annual one day fundraising family day 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 15th year and has currently raised over $250,000 for the Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Email: Chaplain@badgeoflifecanada.org

Chaplain Hillar Alkok

Chaplain Hillar Alkok

Chaplain Hillar Alkok is currently a Volunteer Chaplain with Toronto Police Service.

Hillar has years of experience as both a pastor of 14 years and as a chaplain in the workplace, airport and long-term care. He has counseled individuals, both police and civilians, who have faced traumatic events of various kinds and done so from a spiritual perspective. He also facilitated Ethics and Anti-Corruption training for the Estonian National Police while living there with his wife and 3 children for a short time.

Hillar has training in ASIST, CISM, and Domestic Violence Risk Assessment & Management in the Workplace. He is a retired hockey goalie, something that endeared him to various police divisions over the years. He is easy going and a good listener…and he’s really big on confidentiality.

Phone: 416.560.9508 (24/7)
Email: hillaralkok@gmail.com (confidential)

Rev. John Borthwick

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: friarjohn@rogers.com (Confidential)

Gerry McMillan

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 three grandchildren.

Gerry McMillan can be reached at cell (705) 619-2444