Educated at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto, Helen-Claire brings more than 20 years of diverse work experience to her candidacy. She has been self-employed and has been an employee. She has worked as a manager and held office with unions. She has been employed in both private and public sectors; and has been active in the not-for-profit sector as well as in the corporate world.
For the not-for-profit sector, Helen-Claire has produced and directed theatre; and established membership, sponsorship and educational programs in partnership with stakeholders such as local high schools and the Legion. She has participated in educational theatre to increase awareness on issues such as drunk driving, sexual abuse of children, and violence against women. Deeply concerned about the treatment of seniors, she wrote “Living Will” , a play about end-of-life issues for which she received an Ontario Arts’ Council Theatre Creators’ Award. “Living Will” was presented at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Committed to helping others, Helen-Claire has raised funds for the United Way and Health Partners, judged high school Public Speaking events, volunteered as a School Ambassador to welcome new families; as a suppport-person for new mothers, and as a literacy coach. Helen-Claire also facilitates workshops on topics such as Mental Health in the Workplace, and Duty to Accommodate, amongst others.
As a consultant for the Ontario government, Helen-Claire worked variously as an Editor/Interviewer/Producer/Researcher/Writer in teams tasked with creating multi-media educational materials on topics as diverse as Indigenous awareness, Accommodation for People with Disabilities, and Community-Oriented Policing. Employed by the Government of Canada for the past seven years, Helen-Claire brings an intimate knowledge of its machinations -- and a specific awareness of the culture and challenges of bureaucracy.