Help­ing oth­ers

Reagh El­lis to re­ceive 2015 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, Allyson Trainor the 2015 Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

Busi­ness leader Reagh El­lis of Char­lot­te­town will re­ceive the Cana­dian Red Cross 2015 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for Prince Ed­ward Is­land and univer­sity stu­dent Allyson Trainor of Cornwall will re­ceive its 2015 Young Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, the Red Cross has an­nounced.

With fam­ily roots in tourism, El­lis shares his ex­per­tise in sup­port of tourism and other sec­tors of the P.E.I. econ­omy. He’s been pres­i­dent of Cavendish Pro­mo­tions, chair­man of the P.E.I. Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion’s de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, an ad­vi­sor to Canada Lands Co. and to the City of Summerside and its tourism as­so­ci­a­tion, and serves on boards of the Char­lot­te­town Area De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and Greater Char­lot­te­town and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

El­lis ac­quired a Mark’s Work Wear­house fran­chise at the age 27 and built it into one of the com­pany’s most suc­cess­ful fran­chises with al­most 100 em­ploy­ees in peak sea­sons. He’s com­mit­ted to pay­ing for­ward the help he re­ceived early in his ca­reer, now ad­vis­ing and men­tor­ing young At­lantic en­trepreneurs at lit­tle or no cost as pres­i­dent of the not-for-profit En­trepreneurs3.0, or e3.

“Reagh El­lis’s in­vest­ments in lo­cal ini­tia­tives are well known on the Is­land and through­out the At­lantic re­gion,” said Laura John­son- Mon­tigny, P.E.I. Di­rec­tor of the Cana­dian Red Cross. “Our or­ga­ni­za­tion is among many to ben­e­fit from his gen­eros­ity as he helped us raise more than $1 mil­lion for our newly built pro­vin­cial head­quar­ters and dis­as­ter oper­a­tions and train­ing cen­tre for P.E.I.”

While study­ing at UPEI, Allyson Trainor as­sisted spe­cial needs pa­tients at Hills­bor­ough Hos­pi­tal and at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal in Char­lot­te­town. She vol­un­teered with the Pro­vin­cial Speech Pathol­ogy clinic, which inspired her to pur­sue a ca­reer in that field and con­tinue her stud­ies in speech pathol­ogy this fall at McGill Univer­sity in Mon­treal.

She re­cently spent a month with a group of in­ter­na­tional youth vol­un­teers help­ing with men­tal health pa­tients at Sa­mut­thana, the King’s Col­lege Lon­don Re­source Cen­tre for Trauma, Dis­place­ment and Men­tal Health in Nawala, Sri Lanka.



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