New West resident is part of Calendar Revs

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Longtime New Westminster resident Kimiko Karpoff is challenging the cliché of women in ministry.

Karpoff, a United Church minister, is featured in a calendar that aims to challenge stereotypes of women in ministry. The Calendar Revs features United Church women clergy engaged in activities such as taking part in protest marches, sporting high heels, hunting and bellydancing.

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“Some people have notions about what is proper for women in ministry to look like or what are proper activities,” Karpoff said in a press release. “We wanted to show the diversity of women in ministry. It’s potentially provocative, but it is also done with humour.”

Proceeds from sales of the Calendar Revs will support the Malala Fund, an international organization that aims to create a world where girls are empowered to reach their potential through quality education.

“I am shown practising healing pathway, which is a type of energy healing,” Karpoff said. “Many people have expressed surprise to me that a minister could practise energy healing.”

Karpoff said the idea of the calendar began with a conversation among a clergy group on Facebook after one woman had her photo taken for the clergy gallery in her church.

“The photographer told her to tilt her head differently because she looked ‘too Jennifer Aniston.’ We started sharing stories of being told we looked too young or shouldn’t do certain activities or should dress a certain way,” Karpoff said. “From that came the idea of creating a calendar to counter some of the stereotypes and criticisms we experience as women in ministry.”

Calendars are $20 (including shipping) and available at

Enjoy a night out in Sapperton

Shopping, entertainment and community are all part of the fun of a November Night in Sapperton.

New West resident Deb Wardle is organizing a community evening of Christmas displays and sales by local crafters, home-based businesses, artisans and Sapperton merchants. Community members are invited to sip some cider with neighbours and friends, while shopping for Christmas crafts and listening to carol singing by the McBride Elementary Hi-Note Choir.

November Night also includes food, door prizes, raffles and a cakewalk. It’s all taking place on Thursday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall, 318 Keary St.

Admission is $2 or free for kids under 12. Partial proceeds will go to the food bank and the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program.

Handing out the hardware

New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association handed out a whole lot of trophies at its 2014 awards night.

At its annual awards night, the association presented Tony Malcom with the John Witt Award for Coach of the Year. Mike Husband received the Lacrosse Citizen of the Year award.

Jason Bishop, coach of several field and box lacrosse teams in the city, said more than 600 New West kids play lacrosse – the highest per capita of any city in Canada.

Many of the city’s field and box lacrosse players were recognized with Most Inspirational Player awards at the Nov. 19 event, including: Simon Poole; Josh Faria; Isabella McDonnell; Keyanow Gladue; Kyle Jamieson; Joshua Vrabec; Adam Guthrie; Shianne Lowka; Axel Sanderson; and Hannah Bernoe.

Pee Wee players receiving awards included Jenay Rennie; Kaia Hirvonen; JP Canil; Colin Brooks and Halen Rasmussen. Will Malcom, Nicolas Pinter and Maddie Lemieux also received Most Inspirational Player awards.

Several bantam players also received awards, including Katie Davies; Mady Morrison; Carson Bujnowicz, Max Sverdrup; Conner White and Jordie Mahal.

Other players recognized included Naoll Degife; Bianca Ballarin; Katie Browning; Sterling Tamboline; Cameron Molesworth; Chloe Nottingham; Navi Mahal; Tristan Ranford; and Cressen Isaac.

Nadine Stewart and Naoll Degife took home Top Graduating Midget awards.

Alexander Skelton received the Harry Minuk Memorial award for Most Dedicated Referee.

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