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Helen R. Turgeon


Helen Turgeon graduated with honours from Lestock High School in Lestock, Saskatchewan. She then went on to take commercial and business courses at Balfour Technical Collegiate in Regina before working her way into a series of increasingly challenging positions with oil companies. In her many roles, Helen stands out as a woman of remarkable achievements.


Norcen Energy Resources Limited and its related companies was her employer from the late 1950s to the end of the 1980s.


Helen became an active member of the Desk and Derrick Club of Calgary in the 1970s and rose to the position of president. She went on to become president of the International Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs. Her decades of service to this association helped promote the education of individuals employed in the oilpatch and related industries, and, in particular, the Canadian petroleum industry. A key part of Helen's contribution took the form of speaking engagements on behalf of the industry in her extensive travels throughout North America. Recognizing her achievements, Southam Communications named Helen, Canadian Oil Woman of the Year in 1984.


In the larger community she has supported the activites of L'Arche, Calgary, which is part of an international organization that helps severely handicapped people in 84 communities in 18 countries around the world.


Helen Turgeon is also a member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada, the Canadian Club of Calgary, and the Petroleum History Society, and contributes to her community in other ways.


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