Presenters at this year’s SIP Talks are (front row, from left) Rita Moir, Jackie Little, Dr. Marissa Van Der Vyer, and (back row, from left), Anna Purcell, Astrid Heyerdahl, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Missing: Lisel Forst. Photo submitted

SIP Talks return to highlight dynamic Kootenay women

Seven women will speak about their experiences at this year’s event


Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and District (CFUW) is hosting its second SIP Talks: Stories Inspire Passion in celebration of the CFUW’s 100th anniversary, scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort.

SIP Talks is an event to recognize and hear the extraordinary stories from seven dynamic women who live in the Kootenays. The club’s current vice-president, Stephanie Myers, remarks, “Previous SIP Talks was so well received by those who attended that we were encouraged to host another. One word described the previous event: wow. If you ever wonder what inspires a person to write a book, run for office, or become a comedian, then you will want to attend SIP Talks.”

This year’s line-up of presenters is: Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, researcher, author, and activist for the Columbia Basin Treaty; Jackie Little, professional golfer, inductee into the Legends Hall of Fame, Champion of the B.C. Senior Open and Canadian Senior Open; Rita Moir, author, journalist, and founder of Slocan Valley Seniors’ Housing Society; Astrid Heyerdahl, history buff, Touchstones executive director and in her words, “museum nerd”; Lisel Forst, comedian, actor, director, and author; Dr. Marisa Van Der Vyver, physician from South Africa who is actively involved with Nelson Rotary; and Anna Purcell, former city councillor, soon to be acting executive director for Touchstones Nelson and social justice advocate. Presenters will share their personal stories of what inspired them to become the dynamic women they are today.

CFUW Nelson and District’s goal is to raise funds to continue awarding scholarships to women in the community. Event attendees will be able to participate in some raffle prizes from such artists as Lainey Benson and Carol Reynolds along with many more items, as well as 50/50 tickets. Of special note is the Mix It Up raffle, an evening with Shelley Adams preparing some of her famous appetizers. Adams has been a fan of the club for years and as one of our former SIP Talk presenters, she is once again supporting the scholarship fund.

Tickets are on sale until March 27 at Otter Books or from Nelson CFUW club members. Limited sponsored tickets are available by contacting Cathy at

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