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Ellen Walker-Matthews

#1 Bestselling Author

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Emotional Intelligence:

Mental Health Matters

Chapter Title:

When a Piece of Your Heart Dies


"Grief will not define me, I will harness its power to drive me forward"

~Ellen Walker Matthews

Ellen Walker-Matthews resides in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in Summerland, BC, having moved there from Calgary in 1992.  Leaving a senior position with Delta Hotels, Ellen initially chose to continue to work in hotels in a less demanding role so she could focus on quality of life and raising her young son, Chris. A few years later she married Tom, father to Krista and Stephen, and together they raised their blended family.


Tourism and hospitality have long been her passion, and for the past ten years Ellen has worked with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Her current role is that of Vice President of Destination and Industry Development, with a focus on working with regional partners to ensure that tourism employs tactics to grow in a sustainable and responsible way.


After losing her son to terminal cancer, she fought to move forward and try to make sense of this profound personal loss. Finding inner strength in the solitude of walking and ultimately making that simple activity into a legacy project, Ellen has seen her grief turn into positive action.  She hopes her story will encourage others to appreciate the importance of taking small steps in rebuilding their life and to know that the future can once again hold meaning.

Emotional Intelligence:

Mental Health Matters


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The time has come for this groundbreaking book on Emotional Intelligence to arrive.  It challenges the status quo, and breaks the stigma that surrounds mental health.

You will step into a personal conversation with these 15 courageous authors who have uncovered their souls to give you hope.  Their stories may break your heart and steal the very breath from your lungs, but they will also inspire you to see that triumph over adversity is always possible.

"When it comes to business, relationships, and being truly happy, emotional intelligence is the secret sauce to everything that matters.  This book is a game-changer and inside these pages are invitations to witness what ‘doing the work’ looks like. May they inspire you to do the same."

~Beth Hanishewski - Master Coach. International Speaker. Igniter. 

The resilience of the human spirit shines throughout this book. Whether it’s grief, loss, depression, anxiety, illness, abuse, or any stressor affecting you or someone you love, these stories will take you by the hand and show you how to not just survive, but thrive.  You are not alone.

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