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Talarico Place Quilts - A letter of thanks (June 23, 2015)


Dear Volunteers of the Doukhobor Cultural Interpretive Society,

A huge thank you and many hugs from the residents of Talarico Place for your generous donation of 11 beautiful quilts. Your donation brought instant smiles to those residents assisting and observing with the above attached photograph which we have submitted to the newspaper.

The quilts your have made and donated to us will not only keep our residents warm at night, they will also brighten our days by bringing color and a familiar feeling of home with their design and patterns.

On behalf of the Residents of Talarico Place
Thank you,
Barbie Kalmakoff
Residential Manager
Talarico Place

Children's Field Trips

The CIS annually hosts a visit by the primary students from the Russian Bilingual Program at the Twin Rivers Elementary School, Castlegar, BC. Volunteers facilitate a workshop with the students about Doukhobor pioneers and their lifeskills such as carding and spinning wool, knitting, weaving, etc.  The children are always excited to take home a piece of wool which they carded themselves.  These activities are an extension of the regular Social Studies curriculum in their school.




Castlegar Arts Council


The Cultural Interpretive Society is a member of the Castlegar Arts Council and  participates in Art Walk, an annual event held in Castlegar during July and August.  Art Walk offers the CIS an excellent opportunity to publicly profile Doukhobor fibre arts.


View our Artwalk Page










Selkirk College Foundation - Festival of Trees Gala


The Cultural Interpretive Society helps support post secondary education in the West Kootenay Boundary region by donating creative items to the annual pre-Christmas event, the Selkirk College Festival of Trees Gala Silent Auction. The Gala, a Selkirk College fundraising event, includes an elegant dinner, dance and silent auction held at Mary Hall, on the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson, B. C.



Selkirk College - Slippers for MIR Peace Centre, Castlegar, BC

Muriel Walton, community volunteer member of the MIR Peace Centre Advisory Committee, accepted the crocheted slippers from CIS member, Edna Sapriken Muriel stated, "The 34 pairs of colorful crocheted slippers in various adult sizes are tucked into their box at the door of the MIR Peace Centre where students and staff remove their shoes in winter to protect the beautiful hardwood floors and stairs. As they leave the building they return these slippers to their box, a replica of a Brilliant Jam Factory apple box donated by Mike Popoff. We are very grateful to Edna Sapriken for her perfect craftsmanship in creating them. Students report that they now have warm feet as they pursue their Peace Studies."

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital


The Quilters of the USCC Cultural Interpretive Society at Brilliant donated a beautiful butterfly quilt to the 3rd floor of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, B. C. The quilt represents a ray of light with lighter fabric in the upper right corner transitioning to darker tones in the lower left. The quilt also features butterflies, which suggest that like butterflies, quilts fill the world with colour. The quilt hangs in the family conference room of the medical floor. Nurse Bernice Crockett (far right) gratefully accepted the quilt from designer Val Samsonoff (right), Mary Pozdnekoff (left), who did the sewing with Susan D'Andrea (absent), and Eileen Kooznetsoff, Chairperson, CIS. All agreed that the quilt will be a beautiful and comforting addition to the family conference room.


























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