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 worked in both private and public sectors; and has been active in the not-for-profit sector as well as in the corporate world.
Employed by the Government of Canada for the past six years, Helen-Claire brings an intimate knowledge of its machinations — and a specific awareness of the culture and challenges of bureaucracy.
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 and Community-Oriented Policing.
For the not-for-profit sector, she has produced and directed theatre; and established membership, sponsorship and educational programs in partnership with stakeholders such as local high schools and the Legion. As a performer, she has participated in educational theatre to increase awareness on issues such as drunk driving, sexual abuse of children, and violence against women. She sang the title track for the winning film entry, “A Step Ahead” for the CBC’s International Year of the Disabled; and her first play “Living Will” about end-of-life issues, for which she received an Ontario Arts’ Council Theatre Creators’ Award, was presented at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival.
Committed to helping others, Helen-Claire was a member of the four-person regional fundraising team for the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign in 2013, which raised more than $290,000 for the United Way and Health Partners. She has volunteered as a judge for the Nora McRae Public Speaking Tournament, as a school welcome ambassador, and as a literacy coach. Helen-Claire currently co-facilitates workshops on topics such as Mental Health in the Workplace, and Duty to Accommodate, amongst others.