First elected in 2014, Helena is seeking re-election to build on her successes in passionately serving the community of HCDSB.
Helena is a freelance professional photographer, (BAA, Ryerson ’86), homemaker, community volunteer, and a motivational speaker on issues relating to education, marriage, and the family. She is bilingual (French).
With her husband Henry, they have raised their family in Oakville for 30 years. They have 6 children, ages 12 to 29, and 2 grandchildren.
The Karabelas are parishioners of St. Matthew’s Church, where Helena served as a lector. They have also been privileged to be part of the parish communities of St. Michael and St. Andrew. Her daughter is a longtime member of St Andrew’s Children’s Choir and Helena volunteers as the Choir’s Communications Director.
Helena is committed to empowering women of all ages. She has spent 18 years as founder and coordinator of the Lakeside Girls Club and is also founder and 7-year Chair of the successful Annual Ladies Tea fundraising Event for PEV, Promotion of Education and Values.
As a trustee Helena served on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for 4 years; the Catholic Parents Involvement Committee (CPIC) for 4 years and the Culture of Life Committee for 2 years.
Helena with her husband Henry, their 6 children, her parents and extended family