Ellen was born in 1963, and raised in the eastern part of Canada in an atheistic, dysfunctional family. She went on to study nursing at the University of Toronto following high school, but was unable to complete the degree because of something she considers a “thorn in her flesh,” a serious health condition also known as a major disability.
In the summer of 1987, Ellen could not help but notice the many monarch butterflies that flew in her line of vision; so many were they that she started to think Someone was trying to get her attention. A belief in God was birthed. Soon thereafter, a friend invited her to her church where Ellen accepted Jesus into her heart, where she made Him her “Boss.” With her condition in remission, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1995. Upon graduation, she was presented with an award for exemplary character. She then was able to complete a master’s of divinity degree in counselling in 1998, also from Tyndale. Ellen worked concurrently as an instructor/lifeguard, something she did for about 20 years. Developing another serious and what would end up to be, chronic health condition in 2001 further limited her in some ways; she was however able to lead many groups, including group therapy, adult Bible classes and studies, and support groups, as well as write Hope for the Heavy Heart and Wind in My Wings.