Volunteer Opportunities for Writers

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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

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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!!!

 

E0032 – Jessica Nigri – Kind of a Crappy Story

In Episode 32 of A Story Not Forgotten, Liam is joined by spokesmodel, voice actor, and cosplay superstar Jessica Nigri as she shares a story about how she and her family used to amuse themselves back in the day. (And why you should never share eyeliner with her…)

View the Video Version of this Episode on our YouTube Channel

Check out Jessica’s work here:

https://www.instagram.com/jessicanigri/

https://www.youtube.com/user/jessicanigri

https://www.patreon.com/JessicaNigri

https://twitter.com/OJessicaNigri

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJessicaNigri/

Photo by Darshelle Stevens

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/

 

E0027 – Rina Chong – The End of the Industrial Age

Episode 27 of A Story Not Forgotten features Calgary businessperson and entrepreneur Rina Chong as she shares the story of how she worked her way through the corporate rat race to discover her true calling in the new economy and what really works for her.

Rina can be found all over the internet:
www.rinachong.com
www.igalen.com/rinachong
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BecomeABetterVersionOfYouWithRina
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RinaChong
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthwealthhappiness1111/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rinachong
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIAcorBXqjWo5kVbeHI6Sw

Photo Credit: Jennifer Peters of https://www.jkpetersphotography.com/

Please help us out by subscribing to the podcast on your favorite podcast provider. You can even say “Hey Google / Hey Siri, play the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast” to your Virtual Assistant and enjoy the latest episode. If you like the show, tell all your friends and family. If you have a story and want to be on the show, please let us know!

Global News Story

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On February 23rd, 2017 David Boushy, Reporter with Global News Calgary interviewed the founding partners of Capturing Legacies Inc.  The piece appropriately titled: “Unique Calgary company ‘Capturing Legacies’ sets out to preserve memories for generations to come” was shown to television audiences at 6pm, 11pm and again the following day on the Global News Morning Show.

The story also highlights the Ed Whalen Story project that we are doing for charitable benefit of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.  To view the project in progress, you can create your own FREE account on our custom life story project management software where you may also want to start your own life story, or that of someone you care about.

Global News Video & Story

AStoryNotForgotten.com

 

It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

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It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

After a year of banging away at our keyboards, we have launched our online life story project management software.  Now you can easily create your own life story or capture the legacy of someone you love.

 

It is FREE to sign up so visit http://AStoryNotForgotten.com to check it out.  Also please subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn how you can get a free upgrade and even make yourself some cash for sharing.

A Story Not Forgotten Software

Writers, the system has a professional level subscription to allow you to manage the biography projects for your own clients, including managing the financial aspects of your business.  Contact us for more information.

Holiday Memories

The holidays are upon us. As we visit with our families, eat too much and hope that Santa brings us something wonderful, consider that you are adding to your life story.

If you are lucky enough to have your parents or grandparents with you this year, I hope they tell you more of their stories.  Many people don’t have the option to hear those tales, life lessons and adventures, and they would give anything to be able to.  You are truly blessed if you have them to listen to.

Even better, consider capturing their legacy so those stories can be told for many years to come.  Share them with your children, grandchildren and future generations.  We can help you with your life story project.  Perhaps you might consider giving a Capturing Legacies life story project to someone you love as a very special gift.  It wouldn’t just be for them either, it would be a gift for your family and all those future family members that haven’t even arrived yet.

Regardless of what you do, enjoy this special, and magical time of year.  From all of us at Capturing Legacies, Happy Holidays!  May you have a wonderful end of the year and a happy and prosperous New Year!

E0003 – Les Wiseman – The Sublime to the Ridiculous

One of the best parts of our job is learning about people and hearing their stories.  Although some of our clients allow their life story projects to be available to the public, others are kept private for their own personal reasons.  That is why we created our podcast that we call “A Story Not Forgotten“.  The podcast gives us the opportunity to interview people and ask them to tell us one story from their life that we can share.

Les Wiesman and Frank Zappa

Photo credit: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

At the time of writing this post, we just released episode three of A Story Not Forgotten and on that episode we interviewed Les Wiseman.   Les teaches communications and all forms of writing at Royal Roads University in Victoria.  On the show, he tells us a story about how he went from being a construction worker to becoming the associate editor of a prestigious magazine while hanging out with legends like Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Wes Craven, Joey Ramone and Kurt Vonnegut.

Have a listen to the podcast and be sure to subscribe (iTunes & Android) and also check out the previous episodes.  Stay tuned as well for the many new shows we have in the works.  If you would like to be a guest on our podcast, please contact us today.