The novel, Isadora’s Dance, is about how to follow your muse. It is dedicated to the late Doreen (Wladyka) Gorsline who was a couple of years ahead of me in high school. She invited me to join the Writers & Friends committee when I moved back to Port Hope. She was always very encouraging and introduced me to Larry Scanlan when he came to an event at TCS (Trinity College School). Years later he wrote A Year of Living Generously. His presentation at Writers & Friends about that book opened our eyes to the true cause of our fundraising efforts.  Doreen led her volunteers in putting on annual events during a time when our efforts were matched 3 to 1 by the government. She also worked tirelessly to build awareness on how the funds were helping those in need living in Central America by inviting us to presentations by Horizons partners and giving reports from the Board of Directors to the W&F committee. Writers & Friends was started by her, the late author, Farley Mowat, and the writer Ronald Wright who used to live in Port Hope but now lives on Salt Spring Island. He came as a guest along with countless other Canadian authors who were willing to give their time for a good cause.

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  1. Congratulations Donna! A lovely dedication to Doreen who inspired you and would be happy to see you are still writing. I look forward to reading Isadora’s Dance! Best Wishes!

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