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About Helen

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.

“Helen is a person that others gravitate towards. She is fun, witty, smart, insightful, thoughtful and a great listener. There is something about Helen that makes you want to share your life story with her, even when you’ve just met her. If you are thinking of a journalling retreat led by Helen, I can guarantee that it will be an unforgettable and life changing weekend!”

- Jamie Martin