Helena Moncrieff started her communications career as a radio news broadcaster in Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Toronto. She rounded out her experience on the other side of the microphone working in media and public relations at the Ontario Legislature and in the home and car insurance industry.
In 1997, Helena established H. Moncrieff Communications working in the government, healthcare, education and financial services sectors.
She has developed content for new websites; co-ordinated and written annual reports, newsletters and proposals; provided strategic direction for media campaigns; and delivered media training sessions to union leaders, politicians and authors.
Helena is the award-winning author of The Fruitful City (ECW Press, 2018) , a book that looks at the contribution of fruit trees to communities. It received a 2019 Heritage Toronto Book Award and was short-listed for a Rakuten Kobo Prize. Helena co-authored The Insurance Book, a best-selling consumers’ guide to insurance. Her writing has also appeared in Registered Nurse Journal, Best Health magazine, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.
As a volunteer, Helena has served as a board member of The George Hull Centre for children and families and The Migraine Foundation of Canada. She is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada.
Helena teaches media writing at Humber College in Toronto. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction at the University of King’s College, Halifax and a Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University.