Ariadne’s Notes: Ariadne’s Notes: On December , 15, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented teacher , storyteller and historian for an informative show full of tips on writing your own family stories and illustrating the tips with great stories of her own. Featured e-poet: Author Dimitris P. Kraniotis from Greece. Christmas Music by Tone Proust. (Sharon’s favorite teacher)
Born at New Westminster B.C. in 1934, Evelyn Sangster Benson is the youngest daughter of former Mayor J. Lewis Sangster. The Sangster family has deep roots in the Royal City reaching back to 1894. Evelyn’s husband of 62 years, Don Benson, is New Westminster’s Poet Laureate Emeritus.
Evelyn’s first book is a Best-seller in New Westminster: “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – One Family’s Stories”. Evelyn has been gathering oral history most of her life and her remarkable memory allows her to retell stories told TO her in her childhood years by her grandparents, parents and other kin. As a high school teacher, she realized how interested her students were as she related stories from “the olden days”. Urged by her students to “write a book”, Evelyn put it off until she realized her 80th birthday was on the horizon.
Now, at speaking engagements, Evelyn urges others to put their family’s stories and anecdotes down in written or recorded form for the generations to come. Her enthusiasm is an inspiration to her family and to other Seniors. Her book won the “Best book of 2013 Award” from the Genealogical Society of British Columbia.
Evelyn tells me her new book “A CENTURY IN A SMALL TOWN – More Family Stories” is available on Amazon.com and at Black Bond Bookstores. A great gift for Christmas!