About us

Tools of the Heart was born out of its creator’s wish; to help young children develop a stronger sense of self in order to find the calm, the strenght, the confidence and the solutions that emerge from within.

Crafted by a trio extraordinaire of complementary professionals, comes the first fruit of their collaboration; the book collection! Set in a visual and literary universe created with the intention of making children feel good, each story explores a theme which aims at fostering children’s inner resourcefulness and resilience!

« Alone, we go faster… Together we go farther! »

The Original French Team

Michele Rappe, Patrick Arguin and Hélène Beaudette, at the collection’s launching, December 18th 2016.

Patrick Arguin
(Creator and illustrator)

Patrick Arguin is an educator and proud co-creator of Tools of the Heart… Where he combines three passions; illustrating, communicating and helping little ones blossom into their own! Originally developed in French with the help of two heart-minded collaborators, later to be translated in English, Tools of the Heart aims to help young children learn self-care and develop or maintain a stronger sense of self through its books and guided meditations. Patrick resides in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, where he continues to develop Tools of the Heart and its different projects, which include teaching meditation to children and teenagers. He also works as a Reiki Master and counsellor.

Michele Rappe
(Author and collaborator)

Born in Belgium and residing permantly in Quebec since 2000, Michele Rappe is, among other things, a professional visual artist. But words have taken the creative lead for the past few years: novellas, stories for children, theater, poetry… It is her passion for writing and her sensitivity that come alive in her texts. She offers writing accompaniment as a public writer.

Helene Beaudette
(Coach and collaborator)

Teacher, life coach, personal growth facilitator and Reiki Master, Helene Beaudette offers private counselling and workshops aimed at nurturing one’s well-being. Reiki Master and member of the Reiki Alliance (international community of masters), she teaches and forms future masters. She’s been offering her services since 1998, true to her unwavering humanism and compassion.

The English Team

Emilie Ruel, Patrick Arguin and Helen Arnold, April 16th 2019.
Photo credit: Cristina Ochoa

Emilie Ruel
(Translator at Bleu Dactylo)

Words have always had an important place in Emilie’s life. Saturday morning crosswords puzzles with her dad were a sacred treat. Her love for the english language later led her to become a teacher. Passionate about writing and translating; her fascination for syntax and her knack for finding the right words make her an expert in punctuation and grammar!

Helen Arnold
(Translator at Bleu Dactylo)

Her European roots combined with her many trips have certainly contributed to her passion for cultures and languages. In the last 10 years, her entrepreneurship has evolved and led her to develop a niche in communication and marketing. Through clear marketing goals and optimal choice of words, she aims to guide companies in reaching new heights.

Bleu Dactylo

The birth of Bleu Dactylo, specialized in writing and translating services, was made possible through a common passion and a longstanding friendship.

Their dynamic and creative symbiosis is what allows them to offer their unique expertise to people and businesses.

Wether it be to transmit values, sale products, or attain marketing goals, Bleu Dactylo is sure to propel its customers by the choice of words.