Rescue:Freedom International CEO Jeremy Vallerand was one of six leading social entrepreneurs featured in a Forbes article recently. Take a look at his excerpt from the article below, or view the whole article here.
Jeremy Vallerand, CEO, Rescue: Freedom International
Street cred: Rescue:Freedom International has served more than 32,000 people in 9 countries, over 1400 donors in 2014, organizes annual “Climb for Captives” mountain climbing adventure that raised over $200k in 2015 for Rescue: Freedom.
“Know what motivates you, and never lose sight of that. I spend my time combatting human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking. It’s hard to think of anything more horrific and exploitative than being forced to sell your body for sex. But it’s not the horror of exploitation that drives me. What motivates me is the fact that we are able to help boys and girls escape from slavery and live vibrant lives. Watching them pursue their dreams is what keeps me going. I often say to our team “It is not the injustice that drives us; it is the magnitude of hope.” When we fixate on the problem it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. The problem might give us a sense of urgency, but the problem won’t sustain us. Chances are you’re like me… you’re not driven by the problem, but by the fact that you believe there is a solution. Never lose sight of that.”