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Growing Up in BC’s Heart


A young Carla Funk with her brother and dog conquering a dirt heap in Vanderhoof.

Carla Funk came of age in Vanderhoof, B.C., the daughter of Mennonites, with a feisty feminist streak. Her touching memoir in progress, sampled here in three parts, is accompanied by an interview with the author.

In This Series



‘Change Takes a Long Time in Small Towns and Human Hearts’

Memoirist Carla Funk talks about coming of age in Vanderhoof, ‘full of logging trucks and God.’

By David Beers, 6 Sep 2017



Rules of War: A Girl Among Boys

Life during playtime in Vanderhoof meant choosing between Barbie or pinecone grenades. First in a series.

By Carla Funk, 6 Sep 2017


Kenney Dam hill house

All the Ways to Fall: Memories of a Stubborn Girl

Don’t climb the ladder, I was told, growing up in a small BC town. Second in a series.

By Carla Funk, 7 Sep 2017


Carla Funk, her dad, and her lamb

The Pledge: Carla Had a Little 4-H Lamb

You’ll learn by doing, the man said. But what was the lesson? Last in a series.

By Carla Funk, 8 Sep 2017