Sunday, December 16, 2018

A Saint of the Above

Yesterday morning one of our Saints, St. Tulipa x Canadensis (aka Germen Terpstra) passed through the veil and joined the nuns and saints of the above. St. Tulipa had been battling cancer for the past 15 months and passed peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on the Sunshine Coast. St. Tulipa was instrumental in helping with the formation of the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe, and in recognition of his contributions both to our house and to the Faerie community, we bestowed our highest honour on him, making him our very first Saint in 2010. Throughout the years, St. Tulipa continued to support the Abbey, allowing us to hold retreats and visioning exercises on his beautiful homestead in Sechelt. He was particularly close to our founding members - Sr. Merry Q. Contrary, Sr. Ethica Slüt, and our house grand-meré, Sr. Merry Peter. That said, many members have fond memories of meeting our gentle giant, St. Tulipa.

St. Tulipa is survived by his partner Chris Pallett, his son Julian, ex-wife Barbara, and numerous family and friends. The Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence wish his family and friends love and light as his spirit journies on. We can't thank our beloved St. Tulipa enough for all of the wonderful contributions he made to our Abbey. Rest peacefully, St. Tulipa. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Dig Out Those Poodle Skirts!

Come join us for our Fundraiser for Raincity Housing and Saige Community Food Bank!
Put on your poodle skirts and your best wingtip shoes, donate and learn some new dance moves from the folks of Not So Strictly Ballroom Queer Dance!
Sunday, November 25th at the Junction from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Entry is by donation - either cash or some new socks! 
See you there! 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

RED RIBBON GALA 2018! November 15, 2018

A wonderful evening of fun, entertainment and raising funds for services while celebrating the 35th year of service of AIDS Vancouver. Sister Festivus had the pleasure of sharing the stage with country artist Patrick Masse and hostess for the evening, the unstoppable Conni Smudge.

The Sister's took the opportunity to gift AIDS Vancouver with $1,000 to assist in their Holiday Grocery where they provide festive groceries for up to 800 people in one day! Thank you to everyone who made this event so incredible. Thank you to all who gave with LOVE.

Special thanks to Sr. Bodice Rippa, Sr. Koo-Koo Kachoo, Novice Sr. Polly A. Morris, Postulant Sr. Jon and Aspirant Sr. Roy for all their hard work throughout the evening.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Splash of Red Masquerade Gala 2018

This past weekend played host to HIV Community Link's annual Splash of Red gala. This year's theme was "Masquerade", which saw members of the community show up in their finest feathered masks and formal wear. This gala raises much needed funds for HIV Community Link programming - which serves those living with HIV and those vulnerable populations in Calgary and Southern Alberta. The event brings entertainment, a live and silent auction, art and fundraising games together in one room - in this case the Crystal Ballroom at the magnificent Fairmont Palliser hotel.

Sister Visa (R) with HIV Community Link Executive Director Leslie Hill (L) and emcee for the evening Scott Fee from Global News Calgary (C). Photo - Christy D Swanberg Photography

For a second year, our missionary sister in Calgary, Sister Visa DeKline was invited to be a part of the festivities along with former Empresses of Calgary Shauna Starr and Krystal Starr. They opened the evening with a fabulous rendition of "There Must Be An Angel" by the Eurythmics and followed it up throughout the evening with more drag numbers. In addition to the queens, there was a live band, DJ, drag kings, and both male and female burlesque performances. Each and every performance was simply incredible!

Sister Visa (L) with emcee for the evening Shauna Starr (C) and Empress 41 of Calgary Krystal Starr (R). Photo - Christy D Swanberg Photography

This event raised an amazing $69,124 thanks to the generous support of the Calgary community! If you're interested in learning more about HIV Community Link - please visit them online through social media, or on the web at

Special thanks to Christy D. Swanberg Photography for capturing these amazing photos of the evening, along with several others!

Friday, May 11, 2018

At the LOUD Business, LOUD Scholarship Foundation!!

Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the house!
LOUD Foundation Scholarship Awards 2018, photo by Belle Ancell

What a joy to be supporting the LOUD Scholarship Foundation! With the help of Cadet Flying Ace (R), Christopher (L) and Sister Fancy Pants and Diversity Rains (not pictured here) we happily raised hundreds of dollars via 50/50 ticket sales.

 Sister Festivus with Blair Smith Co-Chair of LOUD.

 Sister Festivus with Christopher (L) and Cadet Flying Ace (R)
Not pictured here, Sister Fancy Pants and Sister Diversity Rains

Sister Festivus Illuminata (Center) had the honor of introducing the Jim Deva Scholarships by speaking a few words in Jim Deva's memory and Jim's lifelong passion for freedom of sexuality, gender diversity, and the fight against censorship.
Sister Festivus speaking of Jim Deva and later, presenting a Scholarship Award.

Sister Festivus speaking of Jim Deva

Jim's point of view so coincides with the objective of the Vancouver Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence - where we (The Sisters), ever strive to meet our objective to promulgate Universal Joy and expiate stigmatic guilt.

Due to Jim’s great support of community and the Sisters, Jim was Sainted by the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in August of 2012 as “Saint Slayer of Goliath” and will always be remembered as such.
Sister Festivus Presenting a Jim Deva Scholarship Award to Shannon Herrick.