In 1980, after eight years at the National Film Board, Laura Sky began her career as an independent film director and producer. She established SkyWorks in 1983. Her work is widely known and acknowledged both here at home and throughout the world as evidenced by the many awards and citations her films have received. She has taught film at Queens, York, and Ryerson Polytechnic Universities and has lectured extensively throughout Canada, and in Germany and Sweden. Laura has also worked as a free-lance journalist and researcher for both radio and television current affairs programs. In 1986 she received a Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto for her contribution to arts and letters. In June 2005, Laura received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University for her achievements as one of Canada's most distinguished documentary filmmakers. A socially committed creative artist, Laura Sky has made her personal vision of film making a vibrant and popular reality.
Helen Kampfmuller is SkyWorks’ Program Publicist and Screening Coordinator, and has worked with the organization on a contract basis since 2001. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and also studied journalism at Carleton University and marketing at Sheridan College in Oakville. Her professional background includes television production (CBC-TV Drama), publicity (TVOntario) and more recently, freelance publicity, media-training and event planning. Her first assignment with SkyWorks was a short-term one, publicizing the launch of SkyWorks’ 2001 documentary about women dealing with metastatic breast cancer, How Can We Love You? Soon after the launch of this film, Helen began coordinating a cross-Canada screening tour with the film’s participants. Since 2001, Helen has organized publicity campaigns and coordinated screenings for many SkyWorks projects, including Crisis Call, Prescription for Addiction, Kids Care, Extra Ordinary People, the Home Safe series, Recovering Love, Working Life and the Real Change Girls Film Series. She continues to be inspired by the work of this organization and by the remarkable, often courageous people who participate in their documentary productions.