What is it that empowers you most?
Knowledge! There is nothing more empowering than learning or sharing your knowledge.
What is it that you love most about yourself?
I guess my ability to love and trust.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
This one is hard! I’m not sure I ever feel beautiful but I guess if I have to answer it would be when my husband looks at me like he first did 38 years ago. So, I guess my answer is love.
Being loved makes me feel beautiful.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My daughter. She’s amazing! Despite significant hurdles in her young life she maintains a positive, can do attitude. She’s fierce, determined, has an enormous love of life and a fierce loyalty to those she loves. She faces her fears head-on and doesn’t let them get in her way.
Who are your favourite cultural heroines and why?
I’ve never thought of it before being asked this question but I’d say Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou because they were brave enough to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.
If you could pick one fictional female character to be for a day who would it be and why?
Without a doubt, Wonder Woman. I would love to wield the Lasso of Truth. She was one of the first feminists I ever remember and I used to love reading comics featuring her and later, watching the TV show with Lynda Carter. There was nothing she couldn’t do.
What is your biggest life goal?
To be a good person. To become the best me that I can be. To never knowingly hurt another person.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Personally, my kids. Having raised two such amazing individuals is beyond anything I ever imagined achieving. Professionally, becoming a Vice-President of a National Retailer.
What is your favourite quote?
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
If you could tell your 12 year old self one thing what would it be?
Don’t worry so much about if people like you or not. Those that can enrich your life will find value in your friendship.
What does feminism mean to you?
To me, feminism is being seen for being a person first. Being appreciated for what you bring to the table regardless of gender. Being evaluated based solely on your abilities.
Helen is a former Vice President of Marketing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada