Writer and Activist Helen Forsey grew up in Ottawa in a very political family, studied agriculture at McGill, and then worked in Ecuador with CUSO before returning to Canada. After eighteen years in international co-operation and public education, she moved out of the city to live communally and farm part-time. Since 1991, she has been self-employed, writing and doing contract work in research, translation and editing.
An ardent feminist, Helen has long been involved in issues of peace, environment, and social justice. With Canada struggling for democracy in the face of growing planetary crisis, she has also found herself increasingly drawn into the fields of formal politics and the constitution. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the CCPA Monitor, Newfoundland Quarterly, Ottawa Citizen, Rural Delivery, and The Hill Times. Her books include Circles of Strength – Community Alternatives to Alienation (editor); For the Love of the Land – The Story of the Ontario Farmers’ Union, 1952-1969 (co-author); The Caboose at the Cape – A story of Coming Home; Eugene Forsey – Canada’s Maverick Sage; and A People’s Senate for Canada – Not a Pipe Dream!
A mother and grandmother, Helen divides her time between a rural intentional community in Eastern Ontario and her little Newfoundland Railway caboose on the coast of the Northeast Avalon. She is renewed by time with her family and with human and animal friends, and by canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, reading, berry-picking, and watching the sea.