We’re thrilled to kick off the New Year with a talk by Faye Ferguson, a personal historian from Victoria, BC, to discuss Legacy Letter writing as it relates to expressing our gratitude, sharing cherished values and as a means of keeping our stories alive from one generation to the next. The talk is part of the ongoing project, Our Stories, Ourselves, which aims to encourage elders and seniors to reflect on important events in their lives, and to find ways of sharing their memories and wisdom.
As well as being a personal historian who helps record the stories of seniors, Ferguson facilitates Legacy and Life Story writing workshops through the University of Victoria. On January 31 at l’Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) she’ll discuss her experiences, and the benefits of legacy writing. Ferguson frequently uses legacy letters as a format for reflecting: “We all know how to write a letter,” she says. “Through legacy letters, we can focus on the values, wisdom, and personal reflections we wish to pass on to others”.
I know Faye’s knowledge and experience will add to the discussion of how to pass on stories. Over the fall and winter we’ve held many workshops for seniors and elders to help them share their stories. I’m hoping this talk will stimulate even greater interest. There are so many benefits to reflecting on life’s journey.
LEGACY WRITING: Sharing Gratitude, Values and Life Stories will take place on Tuesday January 31 at 6:30pm in AFY (302 Strickland Street). Admission is free, includes refreshments and is followed by a question and answer period.
I hope you can join us!
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