I would like to tell you a story.
This story is dedicated to Catherine Mitchell, Capturing Legacies’ first client and an incredible human being. Some years after having to say goodbye to the love of her life, Theo, Catherine found out that she was terminally ill. News that empowered Catherine to get all of her affairs in order and leave this world on her terms. After seeing Capturing Legacies on Global News, she reached out to us.
Her dilemma was that, while she had written her own autobiography over four volumes, she did not have any children, and therefore had no one to leave it for. What she didn’t realize was that she had everyone to leave it for. Catherine had touched the lives of thousands of students over an incredible career as a teacher from 1957 to 2016 at St. Mary’s Girls’ High School and St. Francis High School, not to mention all of her friends and colleagues that she met along the way.
Now anyone can read the life story of Catherine Mitchell through our online story writing application and digital archive: AStoryNotForgotten.com. Her legacy will live on into the future because she decided to write her story. The U of C is putting together a Catherine Mitchell Memorial Award to honor Catherine.
In the short time that we knew her, she made deep and lasting impressions on our lives as she did with so many others. You too have had an impact on the lives of those you have known throughout the years. Telling your story is not just a good idea, it is the right thing to do. After all, like Catherine, you are a part of history and no one can tell your story like you.