From a very young age I was quite enthralled with stories from books (Dr. Seuss), to television (Jim Henson), to theatre (the Savoy Society--Gilbert and Sullivan ) and eventually to school. In school I earned my first recognition as a writer in 1984 from the Humane Society of Ottawa Carleton for a school wide essay competition. Here is where I began to discover the joy in both CREATING and SHARING stories with other people.
After I graduated from the University of Windsor I moved to Toronto to pursue a career in television production. During this time period I created Willy and had a dream to produce a dynamic and engaging children's show called WILLY'S WORLD OF ADVENTURE. A pilot was shot. Groovin Grub: Episode G about healthy eating. I was ready to start telling stories through the eyes of Willy.
As life sometimes does, several challenges crossed my path and I had to push pause on my dreams to share stories and create wonderful worlds from my imagination.
An unexpected path in life took me down a new career as a Developmental Services Worker. This is still work I do today. Did this life change stop me from being creative and telling stories---absolutley NOT!!! I embraced any time I can sing, read a story or even write a story with one of the kids I support at work.
As I got older I got Married and moved to Guelph. Here I met the most incredible group of Storytellers that I have ever known. They are the members of the Guelph Guild of Storytellers
In 2012 I started as an audience member and jumped at the opportunity to participate in the open mic platform. It was very soon after that I officially became a member of the guild and I now am a regular teller both at :
Tales From The Hill
Tea N Tales
I have been very happy and fortunate to participate in several storytelling projects:
I will be telling again this Season at Tea N Tales on August 9th 2018 with Sarah Abusarar.
Take a peek below and you will see the amazing group of tellers that I learn from and share stories with each month.
There are many fantastic venues to tell and listen to stories in and around the Tri-Cities area (Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo) and more.
I have included my upcoming events where I will be attending and sharing stories.
I look forward to seeing you there.
What: Tales From The Hill
When: September 4th 2019 @ 7pm
Guelph Civic Museum
What: Stories Aloud
When: September 13th 2019 @ 8pm
(doors open at 7:30pm)
Guelph Civic Museum
Sya VanGeest (GGS)