Helen Warner was born in Toronto and grew up in an old three story house in Parkdale that was built in 1875.
She is a first generation Canadian. Her father was born in London, England, and her mother in Poland. As a child she loved to ask her grandparents to tell her stories about when they were young. She wrote down what they said, and later discovered that she was the only one who had ever asked, and that she was the keeper of the family stories. Sharing these stories with her family has been one of her passions.
Her workshop is the result of a discussion with her mother-in-law about family history when she was told there was a grandmother in the family who was a Mennonite. Discovering the history of this grandmother led her back to the roots of the Mennonite faith in Switzerland.
Helen and her husband, Malcolm, have four children and 10 grandchildren. They have lived in the U.S. in California and Utah; in Utrecht, Holland; and in Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, Toronto and Brampton in Ontario as they have moved with her husband’s job.
Wherever she has lived she has been involved in museums and historical boards. She has recently served on the Brampton Heritage Board and the Churchville Heritage Committee for a four year term.
She loves old things which is comforting to her husband as he ages.
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