She  needed to be spoon-fed liquids and receive nourishment through IV’s during her two-year recovery in a North Africa hospital. Once she recovered, she remarkably joined a team of United Nations doctors who travelled across Europe to help people displaced by the war.In 1950, Shingles was given the chance to emigrate to a United Nations country and she chose Canada from the list. She settled in Sarnia, Ontario, working odd jobs to put herself through dental school. She practiced in Sarnia, Ontario for 20 years. After She retired Hélène started to volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels to bring food the people who were ill or older and unable to cook for themselves.  She noticed many meals went uneaten.  She found out that his was because of dental problems. She founded a charitable Dental Health Centre to help out.  Her dedication and service of others has not gone unnoticed. The Canadian Dental Association, her home city, and her home province have honoured her. In 1997 she was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. This polish immigrant has truly honoured her Canadian citizenship.