There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy — Mark Twain
Prior to taking up life story work, I had a successful career in healthcare and adult education. I have a baccalaureate degree in Nursing as well as graduate degrees in Education and Educational Psychology. Throughout my life I have always been focused on the written word – both within my work context and as a free-lance writer for local and regional magazines. I have also had considerable experience working with individuals and groups, interviewing and capturing their thoughts, needs and creative ideas.
Since 2014, I have offered a workshop through the University of Victoria Continuing Studies entitle Chronicling the Stories of Your Life. The workshop is offered in the fall and winter sessions, running over a six week period. It has become a very popular course offering and the designated eleven seats fill up quickly (usually with a healthy waitlist). It is not unusual for participants to take the workshop twice.
I feel very privileged to be involved in life story facilitation because I firmly believe that every life is interesting and worthy of documentation. I am fascinated by people’s experiences and I love to listen to their stories. I consider it an honor to be involved in capturing the memories and experiences of a lifetime in a manner that will keep those memories alive for generations. I also appreciate that sharing one’s life is a very personal endeavor and, therefore, I strive to be sensitive to each person’s journey, providing encouragement, guidance and support as needed.