Helen Forsey, like her father, Eugene, is a social activist and writer. She studied agriculture at McGill University, then worked in international co-operation and public education in Canada and overseas. Her writing and activism focus on feminist, environmental, political, and constitutional issues. As well as numerous articles, her work includes two other books: Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation (New Society, 1993) and The Caboose at the Cape: A Story of Coming Home (DRC, 2011). A mother and grandmother, she divides her time between the Ottawa Valley and her father's homeland of Newfoundland.