Official Book Launch and HeART Party

February 14th is the traditional day to celebrate love and passion. What better day to launch a book about women who are living their passionate lives? Lesley Zurrer kindly offered her beautiful Duncan store Embellish Home Decor as the venue.

A little champagne helps with the pre-reading butterflies.

Lesley created a HeART gallery in a small nook, and many of the artists donated pieces to support the women of the Somenos Transition House.

The range of creativity displayed in the HeART Gallery was impressive, from paintings on canvas and wood to collage, felting, glasswork, woodwork, ceramics and bark!

The evening was a wonderful celebration of love, passion, friendship, community, creativity, books and art, with a flash mob dance thrown in for good measure.

Me with my Valentine!

Almost all of the copies of the book were sold that night, and we raised $400.00 for the Somenos Transition House from the sales of the artwork in the HeART Gallery. We also received many donations of clothing and toiletries, which are always appreciated by the women and families staying at the Transition House. To order copies of The Passionate Life: (search The Passionate Life.) The book sells for $43.95, and to save trees they are printed on demand. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book is donated to the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society. For more information on CWAV and the Somenos Transition House and how you can get involved:

Somenos means resting place in the language of the Cowichan people.

Many, many thanks to all of you who participated in this event. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.