Paths and Pathfinders exhibit opens Oct. 6

The annual event starts at 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church

The Mission Community Archives’ 17th annual Paths and Pathfinders: Women of Mission exhibit opens  Oct. 6.

The event is part of a program founded in 1996 by Archivist Val Billesberger to facilitate the preservation of local women’s records and celebrate the contributions of women to Mission.

The exhibit portrays the stories of women’s lives, past and present, using the personal records acquired by the archives including: letters, photographs, awards, diplomas, speeches, newspaper clippings, published materials, and memorabilia.

Since 1996, the lives of 87 local women ranging from entrepreneurs, educators and politicians to artists, athletes, caregivers and community activists have been celebrated.

This year four more women will be honoured.

Carol Hine, who combined her nursing training and experience with her passion to care for animals by establishing SAINTS (Senior Animals in Need Today Society); Bev Kokoska, an educator who taught for 34 years and is a long-time community volunteer; Anna Kopanyas, described as “a lady of class and dedication to the community” who has put in countless hours volunteering in McConnell Creek and Mission to improve the quality of life for local citizens; and Betty Robertson, who has had a life-long interest in health care, history, and giving back to the community.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Murdoch’s Bookshoppe on First Avenue or the Mission Community Archives. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $12.

For more information visit, call Val Billesberger at 604-820-2621, or send an e-mail to

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