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Rev. Ellen Campbell

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse with a long road to healing, Abuse Hurts CEO & Founder, Ellen Campbell translated her own recovery into hope for others during her tenure as Executive Director for The Starlight Children’s Foundation, where she served for 12 years.  In 1993 she founded Abuse Hurts (Previously The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness).

Abuse Hurts provides support for thousands of people who have experienced abuse.  Women and children who are starting over again and leaving a shelter can get clothing, housewares, bedding, toiletries and any other items that might help them in their new lives.  Once a month the women get a total makeover day of pampering.

Men are also helped through support groups and programs.  Abuse Hurts has held 26 conferences throughout Ontario in partnership with The Ontario Provincial Police.

In addition to the many programs offered, Abuse Hurts advocates for legislative reform to protect children.  Most recently, Abuse Hurts have been advocating on behalf of abandoned babies that are literally thrown away.  They have buried 11 to date, and would like legislation that would allow a mother to leave a baby in any hospital anonomysly.   Because of her tireless work with legislative reform, Ellen was appointed to the Judicial Appointments of Judges for Ontario, where she served for 2 years.

Ellen has received many awards for her work, but she would be the first one to say she receives them on behalf of the many volunteers that make it happen.



Order of Ontario                                             Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

York Region “In Celebration of Women”       Green4Good Heroes of Compassion

Peter Armstrong Award                                  Show Me The Way Home Honors

OPP Commissioner’s Commendation             Leading Women Building Communities

Soroptimist International Award                    Toronto Fearless Woman Award

Brilliant Minded Women Award                     Golden Rule International Award

Merit Award for Her Excellence in Humanitarian Achievement

Women of Excellence, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce