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Family left behind by drunk driving incident receivessupport from Nottawasaga Foundation

December 7, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

On Tuesday, November 27, the Nottawasaga Foundation presented a cheque for $10,000 to Justine Ellis of Beeton.

Justine, who was widowed just over one year ago, is raising her two children – Grayson, age 2, and Coby, just 4 months, with help from her parents Kerry and Graeme Turl.

Justine’s husband, Stuart Ellis, was killed by a drunk driver while driving to work on November 13, 2017 at 5:45 a.m. The 28-year old electrician was killed, leaving Justine, then six weeks pregnant, and their son, who was just 14-months old, behind.

The Nottawasaga Foundation learned of Justine’s situation at the annual 911 Ride Night, held at the Nottawasaga Inn & Resort, where Justine’s dad Graeme, a police officer, was presented with a cheque for $10,000 from the Police Foundation. The Nottawasaga Foundation pledged to match it.

Justine, who is currently living with her parents in Barrie, where she gets the love and support she needs, says she will use the donation for her children’s immediate needs, including diapers, clothing, groceries and day care.

A Registered Nurse, Justine did not meet the criteria for maternity leave benefits, after taking time off to grieve the loss of Stuart. 

The person accused of killing Stuart is currently facing legal charges. 

Coby, who will never meet his father, was named after the couple’s special place – Coboconk, a cottage town in the Kawartha Lakes City region of Ontario. His middle name is Stuart.

A GoFundMe crowd fundraising account has been setup  for the Justine and her children at

To date, $65,610 of the $10,000 goal has been met, raised by 642 people in 12 months.


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