Teaching, Facilitation

Helena has developed and facilitated workshops, symposiums, and other educational events for a variety of community and academic organizations, including CiTR 101.9 FM, Media Democracy Days, the Milieux Institute, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

Before undertaking a graduate communications program, Helena spent ten years freelance contracting in creative enrichment for elementary and secondary students through literature and writing; providing professional communications coaching; and designing highly effective, personalized remedial grammar and writing instruction.

participants sit in various corners of the large main room at VIVO and one sits at the open bay door listening and maknig notes
Sound tracking and imaging at the Audio Storycrafting & Poetics workshop at VIVO


Participants stand in a circle with headphones and recorders watching a demonstration
Field recording techniques with Sound Environments participants in Montreal

Recent Engagements:

  • Ongoing: Enriched learning and writing clinics with private clients
  • Soundscapes: Exploring and Composing with Ambient Sound (workshop for CiTR 109.5FM)
  • Still Creek Salmon Sounds youth mentorship project with VIVO Media Arts and Still Moon Arts Society (Vancouver, 2018)
  • “Hearing Spatial Narratives in Recreational Nature Zones” (poster presentation at Livable Cities Symposium, New Westminster, 2018)
  • Getting Out in the Field, Asking New Questions” article on citizen science and field projects for Mission Environmental Stewardship Society newsletter launch, Mission, 2018
  • Audio Story-crafting & Poetics (workshop on sonic imagery and audio editing at VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, 2017)
  • Field Recording: Tools, Ethics, and Political Dimensions (workshop on audio recording for social science research for Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute, Montreal, 2017)
  • Sound Environments Workshop Series: Critical listening, field recording, and sound processing (18 hour workshop on incorporating dimensions of sound in research/creative projects, hosted by Milieux Institute, Montreal, 2017)
  • Forest Daydreams: Constructing Place in the Trees of Mission, BC (presentation in Mobile Methods panel at American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, 2016 )
  • Echoes and Reflections: A co-located soundmapping venture between Morecambe and Montreal (presented audio work as recordist/composer with the Montreal Mobile Media Lab and participated in artist’s talk and Q&A session, Montreal, 2016)
  • Guest lectures at Simon Fraser University and Concordia University, 2016-2017. Topics included: Online Political Spheres, Space and Political Economies of Listening, Low-tech Approaches to Podcasting, Sound Environments and Soundwalking (200 and 300 level)
  • TA and Lab instruction for Coms 276 (Sound 1) at Concordia University, 2015-2016 (including project development, field activities, audio recording, and effects processing)
  • Media Democracy Days SFU Collaboratory (4-session round-table with local public figures about gendered experience of the internet, Vancouver, 2015)
a line of twenty or so students walks across a soggy field and some outbuildings behind Concordia
Soundwalking with students at Concordia University, Montreal


Sound Environments event page