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NextGen Story is about helping families capture the stories of their loved ones.
My name is Mali, the founder of NextGen Story. I am a former high school teacher with a background working in university, non-profit, and philanthropic settings. I'm a family historian, facilitator, and certified Guided Autobiography instructor. I hold a B.A. (UBC), B.Ed. (SFU), and an M.A. in Adult Learning and Education (UBC). I'm also the author of Our Homes on Indigenous Lands: Stories of My Ancestors Across Turtle Island.
This work began when I helped my grandmother publish her memoirs. She had typewritten stories and old albums of photos. I worked with her to type, scan, organize, edit, design, and eventually publish a family history book. She was so proud of her book, and it has meant so much to our family.
I've always dreamed that I could help other families publish their own family history books. Thanks to the team of talented writers, editors, and designers at NextGen Story, we have helped dozens of families complete their book for friends, family, and beyond.
It would be a privilege to work you and your family to create a book that will last for generations to come.
Without NextGen Story our family’s precious book would not have been made. Mali’s keen eye for detail and her sense of the overall picture brought our Grandmother’s memories together to form a beautiful, fascinating, and meaningful arc. Not only did this project create an absolute treasure of a book, but the process also allowed many of us grandchildren to spend time connecting with Grandma through photos, writings, and conversations as we helped curate and edit. Mali was organized and professional yet completely sensitive to our family’s feelings and priorities throughout.
Sam, NextGen Story Client
Her suggestions on edits, additions, and narrative have helped to focus and re-focus the scope. Mali's passion for genealogical research provided valuable input into some missing family information. More than just a trip down memory lane, this project has been a treasure hunt, taking me in many directions, (rabbit holes!) and Mali's knowledge, skill, and intuitive strategy have guided me along the way to make stronger connections with my family's past..