Helen Elizabeth Koski
Finnish North American Literature Association
One of three children, Helen Elizabeth Koski was born on July, 10, 1939, and
raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Her mother, Martha Laine was born in Laitila, Finland,
in 1907, and her father, Reino Koski was born in Enso, Karelia, in 1906. They met
and married in Canada.
Helen Koski earned a BS in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and is
a nursing instructor and curriculum coordinator at the Toronto East General
School of Nursing and at Centennial College. She also served as a registered
nurse at Toronto East General Hospital and in Primary Care at Sunnybrook
Hospital. She is a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. She is single and
the aunt to seven nieces and nephews and great aunt to six great nieces and
Ms. Koski's life philosophy is, in her own words, “to learn, to nurture, to appreciate.”
Koski, Helen Elizabeth. Poems, “Sudbury” and “Kirsti” in Connecting Souls.
Beaverton, Ontario, Canada: Aspasia Books, 2000.
---. “Jorma,” “The Letter `J',” “The Cardinal,” “Windy Lake,” “Pull of Kalevala,” and
“Mother's Revenge” in All Hearts Have Feelings. Beaverton, Ontario, Canada:
Aspasia Books, 2002.