Berit St. Claire was a founding member of the Penticton Yacht & Tennis Club when it was formed in 1977. Many club members donated their skills to build the courts and the clubhouse – carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians, upholsterers, and labourers. Berit was born in Sweden and came to Canada when she was 9 years old. Her father chose Penticton for a few reasons - the Penticton Vees were world cup champions, the mayor was Swedish(Matsson), and climate was warm. Berit has lived in Penticton since then, except for about 10 years. She worked for Sunrype, in food services at the hospital, and with her husband in the construction industry. Berit started playing tennis as an adult, and took lessons from Bob Brownell. She enjoys tennis for the exercise, challenge, and comradery. Her other passions include her 4 grandchildren, boating, walking, skiing, and snowshoeing.