Volunteer Opportunities for Writers

Homeless man taking an unrecognisable woman's hand

From the beginning of mankind, stories were the key to the passage of knowledge, memories and experiences from one person on to others.  Tribal elders would tell stories to the rest of the tribe and warriors would tell stories of their accomplishments to children and anyone else who would listen.  

Today, much of what we know has been kept alive through recorded stories.  Ancient Egypt, and other long lost cultures recorded their stories and because they did, we know who they were and what life was like for them all those years ago.  

Life now can still be difficult, but it is not the same difficulty as it was a hundred years ago.  The people that lived back then are 100% responsible for the existence of all of us. If it was not for them, and their struggles, we would not exist today and all the things we have in our modern world would still be only a dream.  

We take a lot of things for granted.  How much of our past history has already been lost?  Think of your own family, who were your great grandparents?  What did they do, where did they come from and where did their parents come from?  Most people cannot answer these questions.

The life story of every human is valuable.  Those stories help make up the history of mankind and one thousand years from now, how we lived and who we were is going to be very important.  Imagine how many people pass away every year that never record their stories.

Some people, however, do not capture their life story for various reasons. Either they don’t know how, they don’t think their story matters, or they are unable to get the help that they need to get it done. Volunteers help us to access these people, empowering them to have their story told, to be heard and realize that they matter and their story matters.

By volunteering, you help enable those who previously were unable to have their life story captured to express and record their own legacy. Their story matters, everyone’s story matters and you can feel good that your generosity has had a massive impact on people’s lives. Not only those who were able to tell their stories, but to all the current and future generations who will be able to enjoy them long into the future.

Stories captured are available at: 
https://astorynotforgotten.com/Public/PublicProjects

 

Join Us on August 1st – Historic Calgary Week at CPL

Old Calgary
Join us at the Central Calgary Public Library during Historic Calgary Week (July 27 – August 6) for our presentation on writing your life story.  Learn what you will need to know when it comes to documenting your life story or the story of your family.

Wednesday, Aug. 1st,  10 – 11:30 a.m.
Calgary Public Library (Central) – 2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre
We look forward to seeing you!!!

 

The Legacy Newsletter for Seniors

 

We are proud to introduce our new newsletter that we are going to be distributing in paper form to many of the retirement communities in the city and surrounding areas.  If you would like some copies for your location, please do not hesitate to contact us with the details.

The newsletter is full of valuable tips and information for seniors and they won’t have to sift through a bunch of advertising to find it.  In fact there really isn’t any blatant advertising.  Instead, we have asked our partner organizations to prepare informative articles for the newsletter and in return we mention their company contact information below their article.

If you would like to contribute to the next issue, please contact us.

E0033 – Paul Holmes – Musical Journey

For Episode 33 of A Story Not Forgotten, our guest is a musician who has been performing all over the world. Paul Holmes is a former member of the Stampede Show Band who now plays French Horn and Mellophone with the Band of Outriders. He discusses his musical journey, the time it took him somewhere he never could have expected, and how music can change lives.

You can find the Band of Outriders online here:

http://www.stampedeshowband.com/outriders/about.html
https://www.calgarystampede.com/stampede/music/marching-band
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryStampedeBandofOutriders

If you are at the Calgary Stampede, you can hear them live:

July 6 -15, 2018
6:40 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.
8:20 p.m. – 8:35 p.m.

Journaling – A Priceless Gift to Humanity

Leonardo da Vinci

Do  you journal?  For many people that do journal, they think of it as their own private diary or resource that helps them keep track of their thoughts as they make their way through life.  It is interesting to note that hundreds of years into the future, those same thoughts might be an incredible gift to mankind.  In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, he documented his thoughts in great detail with images to help describe his forward thinking ideas.

In an episode of “Gates Notes“, Bill Gates talks about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s journals that he recently acquired and how the scientific detail in da Vinci’s journals was so far ahead of its time.

Perhaps in your journal you are not solving any major scientific problems, but when you sit down to record your memoirs or autobiography you are definitely going to have a valuable reference to trigger old memories.  If you don’t yet journal then you better get started!  Perhaps our online writing application will help you organize your thoughts and get you into the habit of journaling.  Visit AStoryNotForgotten.com to get started today.

If you have inherited old journals from a family member who has passed on, consider our  Audio Journals project to bring their words to life.  Alternatively, using those journals along with information from surviving family members and also research, we can put together their life story to be enjoyed and cherished for generations to come.

Contact us today to get started on your legacy project.

Writing Your Autobiography – Your Gift for Future Generations

Senior Woman and granddaughter Baking In KitchenYour Legacy

You know who you are, but did you know there are actually many versions of you out in the world?

There are in fact, hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of versions of You out there. Everyone who has ever met you has created a picture/profile/backstory for You in their mind. Every person in your life carries around a version of You that you have never met. Some of the “You’s” might be heroes. Some might be villains. Some of them are so different that it will make you wonder what kind of impression you could have possibly made on them, and some of them might even be frighteningly close to the real You.

The truth is that only you know the real You.  That is why you need to tell your story. Why is your story important?  Well, think about your family history. Some of you may know who your grandfather was, where he was born and what he did in his life.  A small subset of you may even know who your great grandfather was. But what about those who came before? Roll back the clock and imagine if you knew who your ancestors were.  Better yet, not just who they were, but what they did in their lives. Maybe you are a little stubborn, or people have told you that you are very particular about certain things.  Ever wonder where that may have come from? Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that you were a direct descendant of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?  Or perhaps maybe Napoléon Bonaparte or Joan of Arc.  More importantly who were the lesser known people in those past years that kept your family tree growing long before you were born?

Do you see how valuable your story is to those who follow after you?  What words of wisdom do you have to share? What have you been through that would be important for others to hear?  Perhaps your story can help prevent someone from making the same mistakes in their lives, or give them something to think about when they are feeling like their life has no purpose or meaning.  You may not think your life was all that interesting, and yet you could be an inspiration to someone you will never meet. If you don’t record your life story, you are robbing future generations of knowing who you were and the impact, big or small, that you had on the world.

Here are a couple more reasons to leave your legacy:

Leave your Mark:  Writing allows you to present YOUR side of a story – your interpretation of the facts in a way that allows you to connect with readers and share your triumphs, disappointments, joys, and trials.

Reconciling with the Past: Writing your autobiography gives you an opportunity to revisit the past and reconsider the events and circumstances with the perspective of wisdom and experience.

Writing your personal story can be a painful but cathartic exercise. Recalling times and people who were important in your life can stimulate simultaneous feelings of joy, nostalgia, and sadness. It is an exercise that requires thoughtful reflection and introspection, and it can be the one of the most satisfying experiences of your life, reinvigorating old relations, cherished memories and clarifying purpose.

It’s Time to Get Started

Recording your life story is undeniably important, whether you feel that you are interesting or not.  There is a chain of people starting with you that will go on for generations to come, and they deserve to know who you are.  Every day you delay is another day lost forever that increases the possibility that your story will never be told. Do not wait until it is too late, record your life story starting today.

Seniors Fair in Calgary

Saturday June 2nd, 2018 please join Capturing Legacies Inc. and the rest of the partner organizations of Seniors Service Group for the 2018  Seniors Fair.  The event is from 11am to 2pm at 10333 Southport Road SW (East Entrance).  Please R.S.V.P. and be sure to bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank.  More information in the attached poster below.  Click for a PDF version, and please share.Seniors Fair June 2nd, 2018 from 11am - 2pm

E0031 – Karen Sim – Time To Get Unsafe

Nothing worthwhile comes without a fight. In episode 31, artist and musician Karen Sim details the struggles that kept her from creating, and the leap of faith she made in order to try to regain her spark…

Karen’s artwork and music can be found:

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanGoatArt/

https://www.instagram.com/ksimurbangoat/

https://www.reverbnation.com/ksimurbangoat

http://www.karensim.net/

E0029 – Emre Cords – A Tunisian Welcome

In Episode 29 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam reunites with a fellow performer from the short film profiled in Episode 21, Emre Cords, who shares a harrowing story of his younger days attempting to flee Libya to a less than warm welcome, and then a few tales of his experiences in the musical industry after landing on Canadian shores.

Find Emre on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EmRecordsMusic/about/?ref=page_internal

Find Emre on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvh8H4VWNd_UFr6ZUTYGOFw

E0028 – Warren Cummins – Northern Cuisine

For Episode 28 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam sits down with Warren Cummins, a fellow distinguished gentleman he met through the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, when Warren offered up his sidecar as a rolling camera platform for the event. But there is so much more to Warren than just a cool bike. He shares a story of a research trip in the far North and the sorts of cuisine (and practical jokes) that you find out on the tundra…

Warren in the owner of Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures:
http://www.rockymountainsidecar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockymountainsidecaradventures/
https://twitter.com/rmsidecartours
https://www.instagram.com/rockymountainsidecar/
They ride on Ural Motorcycles:
https://www.imz-ural.com/

He is the Hertog of the Vikings Vinland Society:
http://www.calgaryvikings.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VestrheimVikings/

And he is the Director of the Northwest Mounted Police Commemorative Association Brass Band:
http://www.nwmpca.ca/brass-band

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is an annual charity motorcycle rally that happens every September in cities all around the world:
https://www.gentlemansride.com/