The Mission Community Archives is opening its 16th annual Paths and Pathfinders: Women of Mission exhibit Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Valley Mennonite Church.
The annual event is part of a program which was founded in 1996 by archivist Val Billesberger to facilitate the preservation of local women’s records and celebrate the diverse contributions of women to the community.
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. As a direct result of this program, the archives have added the personal records of over 45 women to its holdings.
The event also provides a forum to celebrate the achievements, hopes and dreams of women. Since 1996, the lives of 83 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 — Rozina Buker, a resident for the past 93 years who is a “gifted storyteller and memory keeper” for her family; Mary Dick, the first woman member of the Chamber of Commerce and a humanitarian “that never let anyone go away hungry;” Heather Stewart, an innovative educator and community leader “with an abiding desire to make Mission the best place to live in the Fraser Valley;” and Debbie Trenholm, a successful businesswoman and community volunteer.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet and speak with these remarkable women and many of those previously honoured. Tickets for the event are $10 and may be purchased at Murdoch’s Bookshoppe on First Avenue or the Mission Seniors’ Activity Centre, and at the door for $12.
For more information visit www.missionarchives.com or contact Val Billesberger at 604-820-2621 or by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.