On May 28, 2022, Glori Meldrum returned to her alma mater for the first time in years to accept an award that is very close to her heart; Dalhousie University’s Aurum award.
The Aurum Awards celebrate outstanding Dalhousie alumni who are making a difference in their communities and around the world. They recognize alumni for their steadfast achievements in research and innovation, community engagement and leadership, as well as vital contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.
Meldrum is the founder and board chair of Little Warriors and the Be Brave Ranch, a world-class charitable organization (located in Edmonton, AB) focused on the awareness, prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself, Meldrum had a vision of helping other survivors overcome their pain and trauma.
Through hard work, donations and sweat equity, Meldrum’s vision came to fruition when the Be Brave Ranch was built in 2014. Since then, Little Warriors and the Be Brave Ranch have helped hundreds of children overcome the devastating effects of child sexual abuse trauma. The Be Brave Ranch has set the standard for evidence-based, trauma-informed care of childhood sexual abuse survivors.
In a recent preliminary study of 27 adolescent females, Little Warriors achieved ground-breaking results, which established an over 20 per cent reduction in average scores for post-
traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety; as well as a roughly 20 per cent improvement in quality of life and self-esteem after only one round of 12-day treatment.
For Meldrum, these positive results are a lifetime in the making and pave the way for even more positive growth to come.
On Thursday, May 28, 2022, as Meldrum accepted the Aurum award at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she addressed a room of her peers: “I took my pain and turned it into good. And everyone is capable of doing the same.”