Hélène Campbell named 2013 Communicator of the Year

Photo Credit: MIchelle Valberg

Photo Credit: MIchelle Valberg

Hélène Campbell, Ottawa’s advocate for organ donations and founder of the Give2Live campaign, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Communicator of the Year Award.

“The Communicator of the Year Award is essentially about using communications effectively to make an impact,” said Kelly Rusk, president of IABC Ottawa, who nominated Hélène for the award. “Hélène has demonstrated that a combination of passion, determination and the savvy use of new communications channels can be harnessed to make a difference in the world. She has effectively changed the conversation and put organ donation front of mind for many.”

The IABC Ottawa board chose to honour Hélène not only for her tremendous efforts with her online campaign #BeAnOrganDonor, but specifically because she was able to harness her fame into her latest initiative, the Give2Live Campaign, which exists to support organ recipients and their families through Transplant Patient & Family Support Fund at the Toronto General Hospital.

“I am honoured to be the recipient of this year’s IABC Ottawa Communicator of the Year Award,” says Campbell, “Kindness without expectations of return is the ultimate gift of love.”

Please join us in recognizing Hélène at the IABC Ottawa 2013 Excel Award Celebration on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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Who is Hélène Campbell?

Hélène was the recipient of a double lung transplant at the age of 21. She used her experiences to share her story on Twitter and start the online campaign #BeAnOrganDonor, which garnered attention from Canadian popstar Justin Bieber and The Ellen Degeneres show. Campbell garnered attention from local and national media, local and national politicians and even Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper who presented her with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.