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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xo

VAM turned 4

Being the busiest time of year, the last few days have been a little hectic.  But just wanted to write up a quick blog post since our shop celebrated its birthday on December 1st.

Our beautiful little boutique turned 4 years old. Time really does fly by when you are having fun (and working hard!) A huge thank you for all the encouragement and support from our customers, friends, family and staff.  We are grateful everyday.  You truly warm our hearts.
Wellington West is an absolute gem of a hood and we are surrounded by entrepreneurs who we admire. A HUGE thank you to our incredible husbands who help out with the shop with their talented hands and patient hearts. Now three babies later, we love saying to them “viens avec moi à la boutique” , our second cozy home.