Helen Jones was born on March 5, 1921, in Alexandria, Egypt. Her parents left Greece in the early 1900’s, during the time when Alexandria’s streets were said to be paved in gold.
During WWII, Helen worked as a female telephone switchboard operator for Kom el Dik. She met her husband, Bill Jones, who was an Airman in the R.A.F. (Royal Air Force), at one of the Red Cross dances. They were married in Alexandria on January 8, 1945 and then moved to England where Bill’s family lived. In 1948, Bill and Helen immigrated to Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
Helen settled into life in Canada and became heavily involved in the community. She was paramount in the instigation of the ‘Core French’ programs in Brant County schools, and also helped to implement a centre for those with mental challenges (such as schizophrenia).
Helen passed away in June of 2008, just seven days before her book was launched.