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Helen had a long and distinguished career in classical music. At the age of 16 she played the Schumann Concerto with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She toured western Canada as an accompanist for John Goss in 1940. She played as a soloist on CBC radio. She taught piano, she conducted, she examined, she adjudicated, and she was involved in many groundbreaking undertakings in various professional associations. As a member of the BC Arts Council in the early 1960s, she planted the seed that later became The Knowledge Network. She was president of the Canadian Federation Of Music Teachers' Associations and as recognition of her service and contribution, was made a lifetime Honorary President … the only other honorary president is the ceremonial position bestowed on whoever is the current Governor-General of Canada. As president of CMFTA she started Canada Music Week. She was always curious and always interesting. I was fortunate to spend three hours with Helen over two sessions in August and October of 2008, at her home in Rossland. We talked about teaching, conducting, the brain, harmony and counterpoint, examining, adjudicating, musicianship, choirs, and more. She was 91 at the time.