VIENS CHEZ MOI: Anne-Marie

For this edition of #vienschezmoi we are so excited to be featuring our beautiful, inspiring friend Anne-Marie, who we highlighted throughout the month of February. Anne-Marie underwent a heart transplant over a year ago and celebrated her one year anniversary with her new heart back in September❤️ . Check out our other blog posts for what Anne-Marie has been up to this past year and you will understand why this friend makes our hearts sing!!! 🎤 ✨ enjoy 👇
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Name: Anne-Marie Koeslag
Occupation: I’m a teacher
Favourite place in your home: My favourite place is our brown couch in the living room.
Why: It is to life what the time-out tree is to a serious game of tag. When we’ve had a long day, we meet up on the brown couch, forget everything, and nap. Our naps are best on a Winter day, when the sun is out and its warmth takes over the living room. Long live the brown couch 😉
Your favourite possession: My favourite possession is anything that brings me music, like Sirius in the car or the speaker in my shower.
Why: Music is everything. It calms me, it energizes me, it’s where I spend my daydreams and it’s where I reflect on life. Car or shower concerts are the best therapy in the world 🎶🎤
Your favourite VAM purchase: That’s a tough one. My Cleobella weekender bag, Krista Norris rebel wingtip scarf…I’m also REALLY excited to wear my new little Félicité butterfly top when it’s warm out!
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One Year with a New Heart

February is a time for love, and here at viens avec moi, it is a time that is very close to our hearts.

Last year we started a tradition of sharing the love during Heart Month for our dear friend Anne-Marie and her charity of choice – The University of Ottawa Heart Institute .

Thank you to each and every one of you who came out to our shopping event, Shop with Your Heart a few weeks ago. It was a huge success and your support and Paper Heart purchases throughout the month of February will make a difference in the lives of those whose hearts need a little TLC.

We wanted to share with you Anne-Marie’s progress since receiving a heart transplant in October 2014.

Mon dieu, has she been busy! In between checkups, blood work and heart biopsies at the Heart Institute, Anne-Marie is learning to live with a heart that is as full of life as she is!

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Anne-Marie in Toronto volunteering for the Canadian Transplant Games

That means completing cardiac rehabilitation and putting her new heart to work with walking, exercise and dancing, of course. 😉

She is currently completing a professional development course to prep for her return to teaching next school year. In addition, Anne-Marie has been giving back by volunteering at the Canadian Transplant Games in Toronto, as well as with the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance and coordinating the annual auction for Ottawa Therapy Dogs.

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Walking in a fashion show at the book launch for Unconform

Anne-Marie has also contributed her story to Kathie Donovan’s book, Unconform, about living a courageous life.

Anne-Marie continues to inspire us all.  This amazing woman proves to us just how life changing the work being done at the Heart Institute is.

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Happy Anniversary to a Special Heart

We continue to celebrate Heart Month by honouring our beautiful friend Anne-Marie who underwent a heart transplant back in September, at the Toronto General Hospital. 

Today, February 17th, marks her 5 month anniversary with her new heart. 
It has been amazing having her back in Ottawa, and the frequent visits at the shop !
Stay tuned for more information in regards to a special interview she did for CTV News this past week.
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*We will be donating $2 from each sale this month to Anne-Marie’s fundraiser of choice, which is the Ottawa Heart Institute.  You can also donate by buying $2 paper hearts here at viens avec moi.