Helen O’Neill

What does it mean for you to be part of the Shoe Project?  We asked The Shoe Project alumnae to write to us about their experience in The Project. Watch and read the reflections of Helen O’Neill.


Produced by Nurdjana de Rijcke


“I am proud of what I have done.”


My name is Helen O’Neill. I was born and raised in the Philippines. I came to Canada in 1990, and I have been here in Bow Valley for over 30 years. I was nine years old when my father died. And I never thought in my life that I would become partly responsible for raising my six siblings. When I heard about The Shoe Project, it was great. I was so happy and interested to tell my story—especially where I came from. I was so honoured. It was an honour for me to tell my story, and I am so proud of what I am today.


Helen O’Neill moved to Canada 30 years ago. It was with The Shoe Project that she first shared the story about her father. It’s a beautiful story about resilience, overcoming hardship and coming into your own strength.


Read the story that Helen O’Neill wrote for The Shoe Project. Please follow the link to our interactive map. Select the country Philippines in the dropdown menu. Click on a pin to read the story.