Helen Fallding was born in Australia and raised in southern Ontario. She was a journalist with Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon and the Winnipeg Free Press before helping start the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba.
Helen, a lifelong human rights activist who ran women's centres at the University of Toronto and in Victoria, B.C., helped the Carcross-Tagish First Nation negotiate a land claim, co-founded Yukon's first gay organization and is helping support refugees.
She graduated with gold medals from the University of Guelph (honours B.Sc. in biology) and the University of Western Ontario (MA in journalism).
Her first job as a reporter was with Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon - the Beat of a Different Drummer . She worked from 1998 to 2011 for the Winnipeg Free Press, where she was Western Manitoba regional reporter, legislature bureau chief and then science reporter before becoming assistant city editor.
Helen has won awards for feminist activism and for journalism, including for a series of stories about lack of running water on Manitoba First Nations, published shortly before she joined the University of Manitoba in 2011.