During a year of public programs with the Living History Project, young and old joined forces in workshops, events and the gathering of stories from some of the Lake Trail area’s most vital characters. Their compelling stories give bright glimpses into an age of farming and industry, when a “sea of stumps stretched all the way to Powerhouse Road”, and horses were more common than motor cars.

To preserve these narratives, Grade 10 History students took to the reins – as community journalists! In workshops directed by Dan Vie with videographer Sarah Kerr,  the Lake Trail students were coached in how to conduct interviews in the intimacy of people’s homes. And in our ongoing all-ages workshops – from knitting to multicultural cooking and family ancestry – seniors were encouraged to jump in as mentors and bridge the generations.

My deepest thanks to everyone involved with the Lake Trail Living History Project for getting my story out there. I highly encourage you to to click here to go view my tale, or any of the other stories, on their website.

Wendy Kotilla