Courtenay, B.C. – The Comox Valley’s most famous gals in gumboots descended on the Comox Valley Transition Society last Monday, September 16, 2019, to deliver a cheque for over $3,000 to the organization to help support their efforts. The money comes from annual sales of their book, Dancing in Gumboots, a collection of unique stories from this group of trailblazing women who travelled to the Comox Valley in the 1970’s.

The ‘70’s was a time of intense cultural shifts for women all over North America, including freedom from traditional gender roles and expectations. The agricultural area of the Comox Valley offered a rare opportunity for these 32 young women who had come from all over to make Vancouver Island their home. Their stories showcase the personal struggles and challenges arising from such radical change.

Dancing in Gumboots is the sequel to Gumboot Girls, another anthology of stories from young women who left their comfortable, city-dwelling surroundings and moved to the rugged north coast of British Columbia in the 1970’s.

“All of the women who shared their stories in both books wanted the royalties to go to the women-centred work that Transition Societies are doing in the Comox Valley and on the North Coast, including Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii,” says Jane Wilde, the creator of the collection. “We are thrilled to be able to share such a large cheque with them!”

Heather Ney, executive director of Comox Valley Transition Society, was happy to receive the cheque. “These women are among some of our greatest supporters, and we are so grateful for their generosity,” says Ney. “This has been a particularly tough year for CVTS. The thrift store fire really set us back and has directly impacted our ability to maintain the delivery of all of our programs and services. Every dollar counts and this donation will go a long way to help support the women and children who access our services.”

Heather Ney

Executive Director, Comox Valley Transition Society