As Gallowglass Books has recently closed its doors, we would like to take this opportunity to thank owner Jeff Downie for his steadfast support over the past eight years for the Garden House Foundation fund’s annual October book sale.
Jeff’s enthusiasm, generosity and wise counsel, ensured that our first sale was a success. Jeff was there at the sale desk, did the money count afterwards and even helped us load hundreds of boxes of books into the book delivery truck.
When the store closed, Jeff continued his support by donating the remaining books — comprising over 200 boxes — to our sale. The spirit of Gallowglass will continue to live on as those books will be available at our next sale at Bonner School starting Oct. 15. The money raised will continue to help Cowichan Valley families and animals in crisis through the annual grants given by the Garden House fund to the Cowichan SPCA, Cowichan Family Life and Cowichan Women Against Violence.
We wish all the best in the future to Jeff, and also to Richard Neftin, who made time to sort and box books for us while running the store when Jeff turned his attention to the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar.
Jim and Jackie Barker