Memorial Tribute to Claire Festel
After author and former CNFC Treasurer, Claire Festel, passed away in spring 2014, several members approached us and asked if they could donate to a special fund in Claire’s name. The board developed the Memorial Tribute to Claire Festel and every year, members contribute funds in her honour towards the annual conference.
This year, donations in Claire’s name will go towards the following workshop:
A Response Circle – What can CNF writers bring to the table at this historical moment in Canada? With Julie Salverson, Ellen Bielawski, and Myrna Kostash
Claire came from the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, but discovered an attraction to the Yukon in 1977 where she met her husband Ed. They shared an adventurous life, eventually moving to Penticton before her death last May.
She unveiled her idea for her book Remarkable Yukon Women in the Banff Centre’s Writing with Style Program in 2009 led by Myrna Kostash.
Claire is fondly remembered for her contributions to the CNFC Society, the many friends she made, her courage during her illness, and her gracious and generous spirit.
Please consider making a donation in Claire’s honour.