My name is Wendy Bancroft and I’ve been helping people tell their stories for over 30 years. I love hearing people’s stories. I loved it as a journalist; I loved it as a researcher; and I loved being able to shoot, edit, write and narrate my own short documentaries featuring people and their stories.
As a journalist and story producer, I’ve worked for CBC Television Current Affairs in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. Most recently, I owned my own video production company, it’s about us productions. Examples of my work as a film producer and videographer can be seen on Vimeo and in the “Learning From Practice” web series at the BC Centre for Employment Excellence.
As a writer and editor, I was lead author of a book chronicling the Union of BC Municipalities 100th anniversary, “UBCM: The First Century.” Along with co-author, Gary Oliver, I wrote Gary’s story chronicling his many adventures as an animal wrangler and rescuer in the book, “Cinemazoo, My Urban Safari.” Later, I produced a web mini-series about Gary’s struggle to save his animals, Saving Cinemazoo. As an editor, I provided the structural edit for the book, “In Praise of Strong Women,” by David Kirkpatrick, a book that went on to win the Independent Publishers Award for Non-fiction.
As a researcher, I specialized in qualitative research (in-depth interviews) and designed and facilitated hundreds of focus groups for major national studies. I was privileged to do this work in the context of two national research organizations: The Angus Reid Group, and Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, or SRDC. Examples of my research work can be seen at SRDC.
Now I help others write their life stories using Guided Autobiography. I am a certified Guided Autobiography Instructor, one of roughly 300 graduates worldwide of the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies in Los Angeles, California.
I am also trained through the Birren Center to train others to become GAB Instructors.
I hold a Masters degree in Political Science from UBC. I am also a member of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review, and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.