“…children understand; their stories and accomplishments sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.”
About Anne, Personal Historian
I have always loved hearing and telling stories. I am the second eldest in a family of ten children who grew up on a small farm in the Eastern Townships of Québec. I recall trying to ambush my busy parents long enough to tell me some when-I-was-little stories. As a ‘big sister’, I often spent evenings telling my own stories to my siblings in bed at night and later, to my children and my grandchildren.
Giving and receiving stories has been threaded throughout my professional work as well, as an adult educator, a lay counsellor, as a consultant doing needs assessment and qualitative research in universities and for government, and now as a personal historian.
Selected credits of my work include the following:
- “Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada and British Columbia” – Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development Centre [CEDC]
- “Our Own Vision – Our Own Plan” – Simon Fraser University CEDC
- “A Transition Back to School” – qualitative research – M.A. thesis, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
- “Improving Educational Opportunities for Disabled Adults Through Open Learning” – Open Learning Institute & BC Ministry of Advanced Education
- “A Window on Salt Spring” – A promotional DVD for real estate
- “In the Community…For the Community” – a review and analysis of the establishment of the SSI Society for Community Education
Now, as a personal historian, my philosophy is that saving stories, reflecting who we are as individuals, is just as important as saving mementoes and photos.
Some recent projects include:
- “The Miller Family Christmas Book”, a book with contributions of stories and pictures from all members of my family.
- “Raise a Little Hell”, the personal history of the coming of age of a young man.
- Contribution to “Fifty Stories for Fifty Years”, a publication by a human rights’ organization, Equitas, to be published in 2017.
I make my life and living on Salt Spring Island, a beautiful island on the west coast of British Columbia. Over eight years ago, my husband and I had a rammed earth home built for us. We’re still adding the finishing touches. Now, that’s another story!