Geneviève Gilbert is an artist, activist and founder of Pink Cross Australia. Born in Québec, Canada, she has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a Masters of Communication (Interactive Media) and a Graduate Diploma in Multimedia. While undertaking her Masters, Geneviève entered prostitution to pay off her student debts. It was this experience – and the violence and trauma she suffered throughout it – that led her to create Pink Cross Foundation Australia. Read her story here.
Guided by Christian egalitarian principles and feminist theory framework, Pink Cross connects with, supports and informs people affected by commercial sexual exploitation, providing service referrals and non-judgmental, compassionate care. Geneviève believes that both parties in the prostitution cycle must be educated on its harm, in order to abolish the system. Thus, the organisation also supports and informs people who view pornography or purchase sexual access to a person’s body on the disadvantage, violence and exploitation behind the glamour.
Brenda Saffrett is a Board Member at Pink Cross Foundation Australia, where Brenda collaborates in assisting the CEO and volunteers in implementing the strategic goals of the organisation.
Brenda has more than 5 years of Small Business expertise. She co-founded a small candle business in her twenties and she has her fingers in many professional pies. Brenda has a diversified skill-set and she has worked and completed vocational education in a variety of industries including Business, Finance and the Disability sectors.
Her exposure to the Australian sex industry has solidified her determination to raise awareness of the harmful effects of the commercial sex trade.
Outside of work she enjoys walking her dogs, collecting antiques and watching documentaries.
Trained in psychotherapy and in a number of therapeutic approaches, Georgie has 25 years experience in counselling practice. Georgie is the founder and Director of Hope Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a registered Christian and Family therapist, a Certified Adult attachment Analyst, and an Accredited practitionner in the Richards Process treatment for trauma and loss. To add to her credentials, she also is a certified Coach, trainer and Master practitionner of Modern Hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her four adult children, their active grand-children and her own beloved dogs.
Mellissa Lim is a full-time Senior Risk Analyst with KPMG Australia where she deals with conflicts of interest on a daily basis. She graduated with a degree in Information Systems from Curtin University of Technology in Perth.
Outside of work, you might find her at a beach, volunteering with the infants and toddlers in Sunday School, mentoring women of migrant, asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds or just meditating and catching up with loved ones these days.
She loves vibrant colours and also colours to destress. She adores the smell of fresh coffee and bread in the mornings.
Her faith plays a pivotal role in her life. She used to volunteer overseas at least once a year to serve the under-represented prior to COVID. She also raises awareness for human trafficking both within Melbourne and in Singapore. She is also a proud sponsor of 4 young boys in Thailand and in the Philippines. She has run a shop at Markets for years selling her handmade items, which profits are sent to the children she sponsors.
Her favorite saying is: ”Behind the statistics is a face, a name, a dream, a soul. They matter. They count.”