Helen Ries has a lifetime of experience advocating for social change. Most recently, using Constructive Engagement, Helen and the large coalition she built worked with government to effect one of the most significant changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program Act in over ten years. The change was an increase to the asset limit from $5,000 to $40,000 and a change from the $6,000 to $10,000 per annum limit on voluntary gifts. Constructive Engagement was the vehicle that made this change happen.
In her professional practice as an external program evaluator, Helen works with community and social non-profit organizations that create better systems, society, and opportunities for vulnerable, excluded, and underrepresented populations. Helen writes articles and does interviews on social policy issues for mainstream media outlets.
Helen was a Samara Canada’s Everyday Political Citizen nominee and an Ottawa Social Impact Award nominee.
Organizations coached include:
- CurvyGirls Scoliosis, Ottawa