- April 15, 1943 -
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is a sociologist, professor, researcher, writer, public speaker, and community activist. She was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Toronto, ON in 1966, where she obtained her Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in Sociology in Education at the University of Toronto. She was appointed associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 1990, promoted to full professor in 1996, and became professor emerita upon her retirement in 2007. She has published many books, papers, and journal and magazine articles, primarily on the topics of gender, sexuality, and politics in sport. In September 2009, she gave a talk about the negative impact of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Whistler Public Library.