Ellen Hawman

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Ellen Hawman

Honoured by: Shelley King

Ellen Hawman has a rare and precious gift, one from which I, like many others, have derived great comfort and support: quite simply, Ellen creates community wherever she finds herself. Like the idealized empathic being of science fiction, the figure who intuits, understands and heals psychic trauma, Ellen seems to find—or be found by—those who need her quiet compassion and kind heart. In an environment where we are too often driven by deadlines and obsessed with our own successes or petty quarrels, Ellen takes the time to listen patiently, to offer a wry and witty observation, and to put things in perspective. Her steadfast confidence has made all the difference in giving me the courage to pursue my goals and dreams. I am honoured—and lucky–to call her my friend.