Helen Ward-Wakelin is Miqmaq from Eel Ground First Nation in the Miramichi region and is the owner of multiple businesses: Wakelin Health and Safety Services, Natawe’g Business Services, and P&W Property Rentals. Helen was the first President of the Women of Miramichi Entrepreneurial Network for more than 7 years. She was also part of the Board of Directors for the Miramichi Young Professionals & Involved Entrepreneurs (MYPIE) as well as a board member for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). Her skill sets include business and entrepreneurship, government and funding, business development and training, as well as health and safety.
Helen is currently the Director of Capital, Housing and Infrastructure for Eel River Bar First Nation. In addition, she is a FN Community Liaison and Safety Advisor for Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station and an Ambassador for the Small Modular Reactor Technology in New Brunswick.
She is also enrolled in a Master of Economic Development at Cape Breton University. Earned Awards as a 2010 Ulnooweg Entrepreneur of the Year and 2013 MYPIE Community Champion Award. It is note worthy to mention that Helen is the First Aboriginal Woman Building Inspector in Canada. She is also a certified BEST (Business Entrepreneurial Skills Training) Trainer for the Canadian Center for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship.
Helen is the proudest of what she consider “The Best Work” of all is raising my Daughter Olivia and my Son Aedan to grow up proud, strong and willing to put the work in to achieve what ever they want.