Athabasca United Church



Memoirs from any generation are rare treasures. This project will appeal to people who want to preserve their family and personal histories, using oral recordings, documents, photographs, writing and other records. Some community groups may also be inspired to document their organizational memories and stories. 

The Athabasca Area Seniors’ Memory Project was launched in May 2015, so that Athabasca area seniors and others can record and share their stories with family and friends, and with permission with public archives.

Through the project, assistance and access to interviewers and equipment to record oral histories, and scan photos and other documents, is available at no cost. 

Athabasca United Church has partnered with Athabasca University to make interviews and other documents of narrators available online. As of November 26, 2017, we are very pleased that 25 individual portfolios can be accessed online from anywhere in the world.  The link to the University digiport for these portfolios is:

We can assist in recording personal stories. As well, more interviewers are needed and welcomed. Please contact Shirley Stashko, our Memory Project Coordinator, if you would like to record your stories, prepare a personal or group memory portfolio, be an interviewer or otherwise volunteer with this project.


Athabasca United Church contacts: 

     Shirley Stashko, 780-675-5902,

     Rosemary Neaves, 780-689-6652,

     Mavis Jacobs, 780-675-7118,

The project is sponsored by Athabasca United Church, the federal New Horizons for Seniors Program, Alberta and Northwest Conference of the United Church of Canada, the Watkins Fund for innovative ministries (Seeds of Hope program, United Church Foundation) and the Alberta Community Initiatives Program.



Shirley Stashko

Memory Project Coordinator

c/o Athabasca United Church

4817 - 48 Street

Athabasca, AB    T9S 1R3

Church office 780-675-2341

External Links

The Provincial Archives Store (archive-quality preservation supplies and storage containers)

The Alberta Women's Memory Project

Alice B. Donahue Library & Archives

Boyle & District History Book Society