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.
AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
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