Helen Jeges is a proud Victorian having grown up in Dingley Village, Melbourne. Helen currently resides in the Tarra Valley, Gippsland, with her husband, and their two children. They share their home with three adopted companion animals: two greyhounds and a Burmese cat. Growing up with a father who was a veterinarian, Helen has had a life-long interest in the health and welfare of animals. She is a passionate advocate against animal abuse and maintains a cruelty-free lifestyle.
Helen is a Doctor of Paediatric Neuropsychology who works in the public service in rural and remote Gippsland. As a health practitioner, Helen aims to treat her patients, and their families, with respect, compassion, empathy, and kindness; and strongly believes that non-human animals deserve the same fundamental rights.
Helen has provided foster care for18 greyhounds discarded by the racing industry through the Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria (GAP), she is the Greyhound Racing Ban Campaign Manager in Victoria for the Animal Justice Party, is a member of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG), and a Friend of the Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS) shelter in Keysborough. She also volunteers for, and donates, to several animal advocacy and welfare groups, including Animals Australia, Animal Liberation Victoria, Vegan Easy and Aussie Farms. Helen actively participates in campaigns to end: greyhound racing, duck shooting, jumps racing, puppy farms, the live export trade and factory farming. Helen strongly supports the establishment of a completely Independent Office of Animal Welfare
Helen is one of the Executive Producers for the 2018 Australian documentary Dominion; a feature-length film exploring the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.
A member of the Animal Justice Party since 2015, Helen stood as an AJP Candidate in the 2016 Federal Election in the Lower House seat of Hotham. As a resident of the Keysborough State electorate for over 30 years, Helen has a strong local connection to, and knowledge of, the community. In her role as a candidate for the upcoming 2018 Victorian State election, Helen will be speaking up on behalf of the animals we represent to ensure laws and policies are implemented and enforced to achieve genuine justice for animals.
You can contact Helen by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org