A survivor of childhood sexual abuse with a long road to healing, CCAA CEO and Founder, Ellen Campbell, translated her own recovery into hope for others. During her tenure as Executive Director for Starlight Children’s Foundation, where she served for twelve years, she founded the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA) and in 1993 held the first National Conference for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse. That was to be the first of what would be three national conferences for adult survivors and over the following decade CCAA also began designing programs for children.
As CEO and Founder for the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, the name Ellen Campbell has become synonymous with abuse prevention and recovery in Canada. In recognition of her work and the influence achieved by CCAA, in December 2006, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada appointed Ms. Campbell to The Minister’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for Ontario, a position that she continued to hold until 2010. In addition to many awards and acknowledgements Ellen received the Order of Ontario in 2014 for her work with survivors of abuse.
Helena Kameka, President
As a survivor and having volunteered in Ontario correctional facilities for 13+ years, Helena found it very rewarding to give hope to other survivors on a much larger scale when she joined the ranks at Abuse Hurts in 2008. Due to her experience in the for-profit sector, she was the Director of Marketing & Communications at Abuse Hurts before being appointed Vice President in the Fall of 2013 and then became President of the charity in April of 2015.
Helena is also the Editor in Chief of Abuse Hurts eZine – an online publication released once every quarter and offering insightful and informative articles, bringing education and awareness surrounding the cost and impact of abuse to survivors, their families and caregivers, and the general public.
Anne-Marie immigrated from South Africa where she worked in the legal and financial sectors ending up with her position in the office of the Director-General of Finance of S.A.
Here in Canada, she is a freelance bookkeeper and has been with Abuse Hurts since 2008. She is consistently praised for her attention to detail, thoroughness and for going above and beyond the call of duty. The staff at Abuse Hurts are grateful that she is keeping us all anchored, with her efficiency and timeliness.
As a survivor herself, Kaylee has dedicated her studies to help others. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she has graduated from her social service worker program. She enjoys working with women and continues to empower them. She hopes to continue her education in social work, specifically in human trafficking and intimate partner violence.
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