Ellen Schwartz is an elementary teacher, community leader, author, and public speaker. As founder of Project Give Back she links her decades of teaching together with her personal passion for charitable causes. She co-founded Jacob’s Ladder, Canadian Foundation for the Control of Neurodegenerative Diseases. Jacob’s Ladder raised over three million dollars towards research, education, awareness and therapy into neurodegenerative illnesses Ellen has written two books. Lessons from Jacob: A Disabled Son Teaches His Mother About Courage, Hope and the Joy of Living Life to the Fullest and Without One Word Spoken. Without One Word Spoken rated a National Best Seller by the Globe and Mail. Ellen has been honored by the Israel Cancer Research Fund, Ve’ahavta, Aish Toronto, Sick Kids Hospital and Brilliant Minded Women. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal, the Meritorious Service Decoration by the Governor General of Canada, and a Canada 150 Exemplary Canadian medal.