Sylvia Sanders
nee Whittlesey 

Please join family and friends at a  Memorial Service
to Celebrate Sylvia's life 

 Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 1 pm.
 First Unitarian
 Congregation of Ottawa
 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa
 (Click here for a map and directions.)
(View the program of speakers & music.)

Sylvia Christine Sanders died peacefully on October 5, 2007, following a stroke. Sylvia celebrated 61 years of marriage with her loving  and devoted husband, C. Leroy Sanders, who was her primary caregiver at home since her first stroke five years ago.  She is greatly missed by Roy and their children Heather Wiffen (Graham), Richard Sanders (Susan Fisher) and Wendy Pyper (Ken) and grandchildren Ben and Emily Wiffen, Arthur and Erica Sanders, and Nicholas Pyper. She will be fondly remembered by friends and family.

Sylvia's first job in the family music shop in Birmingham sparked her lifelong love of music. During WWII, as a youth in the women's branch of the British Army, she was awakened  to the horrors of war. Her remarkably diverse early careers included munitions machinist, entertainer, clerk in the British Army's records office and hairdresser. As a post-war bride, Sylvia joined Roy in Canada and supported him through university.  She worked as a homemaker, but soon became a house and cottage designer and builder, real estate agent, land developer and financier. Sylvia's artistic flair was expressed in painting and pottery.  Her intense curiosity about other cultures, history, nature and genealogy, and her desire to promote peace and understanding, fed her enthusiasm for exploring the world.

Sylvia's main passion was the peace movement. For 50 years, she worked tirelessly helping to organize countless events and campaigns to oppose war and injustice. Since the early days of building solidarity with the American civil rights movement, opposing the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons tests, she was very active in numerous peace organizations, including the Voice of Women and Operation Dismantle. Sylvia was a driving force in the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade. She charmed and inspired volunteers, led by example, challenging activists and politicians alike. A longtime socialist and feminist, she supported the NDP, especially the "Waffle" movement, and continually strove to motivate others. Until the very end, she was still striving to contribute, still offering to help. Moments before her recent stroke, she was planning with Roy to distribute leaflets and signs.

In place of flowers, consider a donation to an appropriate organization and, as Sylvia would say:

"Be more active. Help protect the environment.
 Protest. Stand up against war! 
I can't do it anymore, so carry on the struggle."

For more information

<>Sylvia Sanders Memorial Website   Please visit the website <<>sylviasanders<>.ca>
<>Guestbook: There is an online guestbook so that you can leave comments, stories and anecdotes about Sylvia. Please share your thoughts and memories with others.
<>Photos: View the online album filled with hundreds of photographs reflecting the entire span of Sylvia's life, starting from her birth above the family's music store in Birmingham, England. You can click on all the the pictures and even leave your comments about them.
<>Activism: For over 50 years, Sylvia was actively involved in many peace organizations and campaigns. The website contains details about her activities, and has links to more information.