Professional Affiliations, Awards And Acknowledgements
2nd Place in Gene Perret’s “Words to Live By” one-liner contest. August 2014.
Ascent Aspirations Anthology of the Bizarre Anthology Contest, Second Place in the Flash Fiction category. $50 an one copy of the anthology. August 2014.
Whitchurch-Stouffville Grimm Fairy Tale Short Fiction Contest. First Place. $100 and 5 copies of anthology. October 2012.
Semi-finalist in the 2012 Robert Benchley Award for Humour. The only Canadian out of the 10 semi-finalists.
The 7th Annual Accenti Writing Contest – 3rd Place. Short Fiction, “Traditions.” $100 and publication in Winter 2013 Accenti magazine.
The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Member 1999 to present. Board of Directors, Public Relations (www.wcdr.org) 2000 to 2004; Breakfast Coordinator 2009-2010; Public Relations 2010-present. Member of the Year 2004
2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Advertising and Promotions Contest, Metroland Media Group, Ltd. – Dorothea Helms was contributing editor for all four of these first-place wins: Best ROP Advertising Section for Giftcard – Holiday Gift Guide 2006; Best Employment Publication for Career Choices – Spring 2006 tied with Best Employment Publication for Today’s Healthcare Careers – Spring 2006; and Best Cover Design for Live It! – Spring 2006.
LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview – shortlisted for “One Hundred and One Words” competition, Spring 2007.
The Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network and The Agnes Jamieson Gallery 3rd Annual Writing Contest (2005) – tied for first place in non-fiction category with essay “Shelf Life”
Periodical Writers Association of Canada (now Professional Writers Association of Canada) – winner of the 2005 Barbara Novak Award For Excellence In Humour and/or Personal Essay Writing for “The Gift of Words,” which appeared in the January 7, 2003 Globe and Mail Facts & Arguments. Member 2002-2011
American Women’s Club of Toronto, Member April 2005 to 2007
Editors’ Association of Canada, Voting Member, July 2004 to July 2007
Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (Write Stuff Writing Services), 2002 to 2003
Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Contest (The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region) 3rd Place
Winner in Adult Category 2003 for the poem “Missing Heartbeats”
Ongoing membership in Durham Write-on and Northword Edition (local writers’ circles)
Nominated for a 2001 Rotman Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the “Innovative” category
Runner-up in “Favourite Freelance Writer” category in Write Magazine’s 2000 Reader Poll
Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Wicked Words Contest 2009
Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region 24-Hour Non-Fiction Contest 2004
Judge – The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region Short Fiction Contest 2004
Judge – Canadian Authors’ Association Short Story Contest 1994 to 2002
Judge – Canadian Authors’ Association Personal Essay Contest 1998 to 2000
Member, Canadian Authors Association, June, 1998 to June, 1999