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 will be available at no cost. To create multimedia portfolios (e.g., oral, textual, photos and/or videos), access to oral interviewers will be available at no cost and multimedia support will be accessible on a cost recovery basis.

Athabasca United Church is partnering with the Alberta Women's Memory Project team, based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University, to launch this project. As well, Athabasca Archives has offered assistance through access to the full archives collection of 70 meters of textual records, 18,000 photographs, microfilmed newspapers from 1908-2014, maps and blueprints, a reference library, school yearbooks and artifacts. 

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.

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, 780-675-9197,

     Mavis Jacobs, 780-675-7118,



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