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A heartfelt thank you to Memory Catcher for producing the video biography of my Mother and friend. Words are not adequate to describe how I feel hearing her life story in her own words - it is my most treasured gift, and it has given me strength.



Using your skilled interview techniques, you were able to put my Mother at ease in front of the camera, establishing a comfortable relationship with her, while exploring an array of life events. Your professionalism, and respect for her boundaries, was appreciated.



Having the video biography of my Mother allows me to listen to her descriptions of the record of her life whenever I feel the need to hear her voice or see her face. I can think of no better way to keep those you love part of a family relationship. The video biography keeps those we love close even once they are gone. Thank you Nicole, for helping preserve the most important relationship one can have - that of family and friend.

~ Betty Tomte, Leduc, Alberta



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My husband and I asked Memory Catcher to make a dvd of our lives together to show at our 20th wedding anniversary celebration.  Our finished dvd exceeded our expectations, as did Memory Catcher's service!  The way the video was constructed makes our "Love Story" passionate, honest and amusing; precisely an example of art imitating life.



All of the interview responses and photos flow perfectly, and Nicole put together our story so seamlessly and personally that it gives the impression she has known us forever.



Being a shy person, I was nervous to be filmed; but Nicole made the process very comfortable and relaxing. She was able to calm our nerves as she asked the interview questions, and was a very happy, trustworthy person to reveal private information to.



We played the "Love Story" for our 250 guests during our reception.  People laughed, cried, and appreciated the intimate details of who we were when we met, and how we have grown in love and life.  Our only child will forever have a "memory" of us then, and now, to reflect on when he needs to.



The praise and excitement from the guests, after viewing the story, was incredible!  They appreciated the intimacy of our life being shared with them in a unique way.



Thank you Memory Catcher, and Nicole, for surpassing all of our expectations and making a memory of our love and life.  We will forever cherish the video.



We will definitely recommend Memory Catcher to others!



- Bill & Grace Knight, Edmonton, Alberta



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Memory Catcher did an outstanding job capturing my daughter's wedding!  Their excellent service and professional work exceeded my expectations.  The video of Terry and Jillian's wedding is absolutely fantastic.  What a beautiful keepsake!



Nicole at Memory Catcher attended the rehersal, and used that footage as an introduction on the finished video, much to our delight.  She conferred wth the photographer to avoid any possibe interference, and was very unobtrusive.  This demonstrated Nicole's professionalism and consideration.  Memory Catcher was very knowledgable on how to achieve the best end product (e.g.: placing a mic on the wedding commissioner for quality sound).  Five days after the wedding, we had two finished dvd's in our possession to view! 



Memory Catcher captured my daughter's wedding perfectly, and now we can relive these very special moments again (and again, and again).  The newlyweds were thrilled.  Thank you very, very much, Nicole!  Your warmth and professionalism make you a talented videographer.    

  

- Victoria Pearse, Edmonton, Alberta



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I hired Memory Catcher to produce a surprise tribute video for my husband’s 50 birthday.  Nicole at Memory Catcher interviewed our family and friends about Bob, and combined the interviews into a tribute video we showed at his party.  A great time was had by all and the birthday party was even better then I expected.  Bob was absolutely blown away by the video.  It was a great surprise for him, and our friends and family loved it. Many of them mentioned that you usually don't hear such wonderful things about a person until they are gone, and said how touching it was to watch the video. So thank you for all your hard work and for producing a video that Bob will remember and enjoy for years to come.



- Shannon Harms, Edmonton, Alberta

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We have had a wonderful experience with Nicole at Memory Catcher.  She did a great job at filming our love story and producing a beautiful gift for our children.  We highly recommend her talents for anyone wishing to capture their story.  We all have a story to tell and your family will be so grateful!!

 

It has been a pleasure working with you and we will do our best to spread the word about the wonderful work you do.  We are enjoying our dvds and who wouldn't!  People just need to realize how special it is to do something like this!!  I am so thankful I found you and you could do this  for us!!  We really would like to get the word out there about what you do and how important this was to us.



- Debbie & Stuart LeVoguer, Wetaskiwin, Alberta

 

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This was a wonderful production!  I couldn't be more pleased, and know it required a lot of time and effort, and an ability to be creative.  I am very pleased with the end result and appreciated the “curb side” service.  I would most definitely recommend Memory Catcher.



- Jeanette Akers, Edmonton, Alberta



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For Christmas I gave my sons the DVD you produced of my life story.  They were thrilled!  They heard me tell stories they had never heard before.  They said it was the most precious gift I have ever given them.

 

- Wendy Rempel, Edmonton, Alberta

 

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Videos have always been on our own wish list here at Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.  With an office of six staff we never had the time or the talent to put something together to help illustrate the impact of a wish and why we carry out our mission day after day, so when we found Nicole at Memory Catcher we were ecstatic!



Working with Memory Catcher has been a unique and truly invaluable experience for us!  Nicole is exceptionally professional and has a true passion for capturing the stories and memories of her clientele.  She worked closely with us to understand our goals and our vision for each project, and was flexible and understanding of our limitations as a non-profit.  Throughout her tenure with our organization, Nicole has demonstrated her exceptional skillset and professionalism as well as an unparalleled capacity for storytelling.   



Nicole worked effortlessly with our wish families, creating a sense of ease and comfort that allowed them to share their stories  and open their hearts to her and the camera in a remarkably honest and inspiring manner.  She captured so many amazing quotes, stories, and special moments - little anecdotes that we hadn't heard ourselves - and ones that we will cherish forever.

 

We hope to work with Nicole many more times in the future!  The power of video and storytelling is undeniable, and we cannot thank Nicole enough for recording these memories and helping us communicate them to our supporters and donors.



- Amber Benders, Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta



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Your video of Ernie was a great hit!!  Ernie was very pleased and a few in our office shed a tear!

Well done Nicole!  Ernie was also very appreciative, as I also was, that you were such a nice person to deal with!

 

- Leo Seguin, St. Albert, Alberta



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I would like to say, Nicole, that I am very happy with the video you did for us.  It will be effective both for fundraising and to raise our profile in the community.  We have shown it to the residents and they are ecstatic.  Thank you for the great job you did.


- Clara Ambard, CEO, Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

 

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After learning about Memory Catcher through a magazine interview, our family hired Nicole to capture my Mom’s stories on video.  The filming process was easy and Memory Catcher provided excellent service.  You were thorough, professional and accommodating.  You were totally respectful of Mom, our family and our situation.  I am not sure Mom would admit it, but I think she might have enjoyed the filming process!  It is great getting their stories in their words.  I would absolutely recommend your service to others.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the timeless gift you have given us! 

 

- Tofield, Alberta

 

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Wow!!  Our video exceeded our expectations!  We chose the fighter pilot experience at Air Combat USA as a once in a lifetime group event.  The day was memorable, and the package included video from each participant’s flight.  When we heard about Memory Catcher, we knew that the individuals' experiences combined in an action packed short video would make a great gift to our team, allowing them to watch the video and relive the experience again and again.  It was wonderful to leave everything in your hands, and you did a fantastic job capsulizing the experience.  Our finished video is personal, creative and absolutely professionally put together.  You nailed it, Memory Catcher!

 

- Chris LaBossiere, Yardstick Software, Edmonton, Alberta

 

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Debuted the videos last night.  Huge success!  Thank you so much.  What you create Nicole are stories of humanity, of grace and of elegance.  

 

Memory Catcher’s work consistently exceeds even our high expectations.  Your stories are compelling, powerful and aligned elegantly with key messaging and core values.  The process of filming is well planned, well-managed and professional.  Nicole manages the complexities of client timelines with grace, and exemplifies the marriage of professionalism and creativity.  Contracts are clear, timelines well designed and managed, and deliverables on time and on budget.  Memory Catcher videos are impactful, emotionally balanced and professional technically and in terms of narrative.  Memory Catcher is considered part of our organizational family and has become an important partner to IVC, and a key component of our future growth and promotional planning.

 

Working with Memory Catcher has been a highlight of 2014, and we look forward to many future projects together. 

 

- Klay Dyer, Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County, Sherwood Park, Alberta



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​I have had such a fantastic life with one adventure after another.  I am thrilled to have a permanent record to pass on to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

- Iris Morrison, Edmonton, Alberta

 

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I hired Memory Catcher to produce a Kettlebell Workout DVD to distribute to my students for their at home practice. I just got the DVD last night!  What a surprise!  It looks great!  Thank you so much for your patience, time and talent!  I appreciate you and all you've done!  Thanks again so much for your incredible help and support!



- Lori Passmore, Empowered Living, Edmonton, Alberta 



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Seeing my Grandmother on video after she was gone was sad, but I found it helped me work through my grief. It helped keep the memories of her in happier times in the front of my mind; rather than the more recent ones where she was ill. I think it's important to remember somebody who has gone through a long period of illness before passing as they were, before the illness. Video biographies like the one Memory Catcher completed for my Grandmother and our family really make that much easier.  Having a video biography is important if you want to keep the memories of somebody alive. I know from experience that your memories of people fade over time, even when they are of someone who you were close to. My other Grandmother passed away many years ago and I find it difficult to remember what she sounded like and I even have a hard time picturing her in my mind. I have pictures but those don't really tell me what she was like as a person and I wish I had something more to remember her by.



When I was younger, family history really wasn't all that important to me, so I never thought to ask about it. As I've gotten older, family history has become more important because I've realized that once the people who lived it are gone, you have no real way of investigating it. You can always do research via websites and public records but it's not the same as hearing the stories told by the person that lived them. Hearing my Grandmother's stories on video gave me a better sense of just how much she had seen the world change in her lifetime and had a far greater impact than if I had just been reading them off a sheet of paper. 



Through hearing her stories, I've discovered what it was like to live in a time when there was no such thing as insulin or a grocery store. We take so many things for granted in our modern society that it's almost impossible to imagine life without the conveniences we currently enjoy. I find it makes me appreciate living in present times much more than I ever would have otherwise.



I'm glad I have the video of my Grandmother because I'll always be able to go back and watch it and remember who she truly was and what she really looked and sounded like. I can't think of a better way to make sure that you will always remember someone. I found the video did an excellent job of capturing her sense of humour, her personality and everything that made my Grandmother who she was. Someday my children may have questions about where they came from and what my Grandmother was like and I'll be able to show them the video biography, rather than rely on time faded memories. This video will do a better job of teaching my children what she was like than I ever could.



Recording family history is the only way to keep this kind of history alive. Stories get forgotten and history gets garbled as time passes and as it passes from person to person. Sometimes you don't think to ask questions while somebody is alive because you start to believe that because someone has always been there, that means that they always will be. Sometimes you don't even know what questions to ask. I found out things about my Grandmother that I never knew and probably still wouldn't know simply because it would have never occurred to me to ask certain questions. It takes a lot of skill to know what kind of questions to ask and even more to be able to capture somebody as well as Nicole and Memory Catcher's video biography has captured my Grandmother.



- Mark, Calgary, Alberta



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My brother, Dusty, recorded his life story with Memory Catcher knowing that he had terminal cancer.  When I watched the first video of Dusty after he died, it was so powerful, I cried.  It was like he was sitting right beside me and telling me about his life.  I learned a lot about him, and it brought back a lot of memories.  What a precious gift he left  us.  



- Angela Jensen, Pickardville, Alberta



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I am very pleased with the product.  The service was excellent, and the timelines were met and acceptable. Nicole was very accommodating, and I appreciated her flexibility in allowing me to do my own autobiography in my own time.  I would recommend your service to others, and wish you success in your business.

 

- John G. L. Miedema, Edmonton, Alberta

 

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Often when we lose loved ones, we tend to forget the sound of their voices, laughter and personality. For me, I love knowing that when I'm missing my Grandma I can put in the video biography Memory Catcher completed for her and our family, and remember her as I knew her. I treasure her laughter, her voice and her beautiful personality. It's amazing to hear my Grandma tell stories of her childhood, her adventures as a young adult and the history of our family. So many people go through life not knowing where they came from, or the stories of lost loved ones.  I'm glad my Grandma agreed to having this video biography completed. I can share this with my children so that they will also know who my beloved Grandmother, and their Great Grandmother, was. Her stories will never be forgotten.



- Cheryl, Grande Prairie, Alberta

 

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Nicole's digital storytelling workshop introduced cutting edge thinking and practical video skills to our staff.  It was fantastic!  We were challenged, and inspired to think clearly about the stories we want to tell, and we were also shown how to present these stories in a professional manner.  Thank you for an engaging and effective workshop!



- Brent Andressen, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

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