Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island

Haley Healey


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An inspiring and eye-opening collection of true stories about fourteen women who blazed their own trails in life and contributed in a fundamental way to the history of Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands.

In this fascinating follow-up to On Their Own Terms, author Haley Healey chronicles the lives of a whole new crop of resilient, hard-working, rule-breaking, diverse women who lived on and around Vancouver Island. Flourishing and Free introduces readers to Sylvia Stark (1839–1944), who was born into slavery in Missouri and went on to become a homesteader on Salt Spring Island; Mary Ann Croft (1865–1935), the first female lighthouse keeper in all of Canada; Victoria Chung (1897–1966), the first Asian-Canadian person to earn a medical degree, who provided urgent care during the Second World War; Dr. Ellen White (1922–2018), a renowned Coast Salish educator, author, and storyteller; and Isabel Kimoto (1921–), a cook, who was sent to a Japanese-Canadian internment camp in 1942 with her three-month-old baby; and many more. Uplifting, empowering, and entertaining, this concise collection of stories will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the unsung heroines of the West Coast.

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April 2021, PB, 144 pages

ISBN 9781772033533

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Haley Healey is a high school counsellor, registered clinical counsellor, and the author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island. A self-proclaimed trailblazing woman herself, she has taught in isolated fly-in communities, guided whitewater canoe expeditions, and plays the violin. She has an avid interest in wild places and unconventional people. She has appeared on Into the Wild, an outdoor adventure radio show on CHLY, Nanaimo’s campus-community radio station.


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