Born in Toronto in 1962, Helen was shuttled between her birth mother and various foster homes eight times before her adoption at age four. She lived in rural Ontario with her adoptive parents - an alcoholic father and a cold, distant mother. In 1983, she struck out on her own and moved West to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. She began her professional life with a major Canadian tour operator. A new chapter in Helen’s life began when her son was only three years old. She embarked on a 25 year career as an entrepreneur. In 2008, she published her first book 53 Grove Road, a stirring memoir of her struggle to survive her adoption into an abusive and alcoholic home.
Today, Helen shares her story with the hope that others can overcome trauma and emotional abuse suffered.