Writer and activist Helen Forsey grew up in Ottawa in a very political family; her Newfoundland-born father was a well-known labour researcher, constitutional expert and senator. Helen studied agriculture and worked in Ecuador with CUSO before returning to Canada to work in the field of international co-operation. In the 1990s, after several years in a crafts co-op and farming part-time, she became a full-time writer, translator and editor.
An ardent feminist, Helen has long been involved in peace, environment, and social justice issues. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the CCPA Monitor, Newfoundland Quarterly, Ottawa Citizen, Rural Delivery, Canadian Woman Studies, and the Hill Times.
Her books include “The Caboose at the Cape – A Story of Coming Home”, “Eugene Forsey – Canada’s Maverick Sage”; “A People’s Senate for Canada – Not a Pipe Dream!” and, most recently, “Unsettling Mixture – An Activist’s Writings”.
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.