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Seniors writing project looking for stories

The Fort St. John Arts Council is looking for stories about the early days of the North Peace as it starts a new seniors digital storytelling program this weekend.
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Natalie Brekkaas.

The Fort St. John Arts Council is looking for stories about the early days of the North Peace as it starts a new seniors digital storytelling program this weekend.

The council has secured a $25,000 federal grant for the year-long program, which aims to preserve the memoirs and memories of the past before they’re forgotten. 

The council is looking to capture the stories in a variety of digital mediums, from blogging to photography, poetry to audio, and more.

“These generations are aging and before we know it, their lives are going to be half-remembered stories,” said Natalie Brekkaas, who is co-ordinating the program. “I don’t want them to disappear.”

The council will hold a meeting Sunday, March 11 in the basement activity room at the Lutheran Apartments from 2 to 4 p.m. for those wanting to learn more.

As co-ordinator, Brekkaas will help connect seniors with the right experts to help tell their stories, and the necessary equipment to do so. The program also has the support of a professor at Simon Fraser University to assist with consultations, as well as educater Linda Haugen, and writer Pan Denouden.

Brekkaas is hoping to reach seniors in Fort St. John and the rural communities, as well as First Nations.

To learn more, contact the arts council at info@fsjarts.org or 250-787-2781. The program is free, and Sunday’s meeting will include refreshments.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.