Carol Cologna, Chairperson
Carol works as an independent Mortgage Agent with Neighbourhood Dominion Lending Centres since 2004. She specializes in residential and commercial financing. She left the security of corporate banking after a wonderful 20 years, because she was fascinated with the entrepreneur world.
She is passionate in helping people sort out financial challenges. She is accredited in enRICHed ACADEMY (as seen on The Dragon’s Den) and loves to teach anyone who wants to learn how to manage their money. She has spoken at various events on financial integrity and is most concerned about people having a healthy and honest attitude around money. She says that drive in her was birthed at a very young age.
Carol is First Nations and holds the title of “First Nations Representative” with Abuse Hurts. She attended workshops with the past president, for Residential School Survivors through a federally funded program in Winnipeg. She is a member of Thayendanegea Territory and Justice Circle. With a desire to serve, Carol is actively involved in community service and issues that involve Justice.
Ellen Campbell, CEO and Founder
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 national 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.