Guild Members

Meet the Gueph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) members.  Each delights being a storyteller in their own right, in addition to working within GGS collaborating to plan, to shape, and to organize events and commit to contributing their own stories. We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with two of Guelph's institutions: The Enabling Garden and The Civic Museum. 

We take pride in the recent conclusion (Sept) of a highly successful Tea 'n' Tales 2019 with its stellar list of tellers and over 1000 listeners, who sat on the banks of the Speed River in the beautiful setting of Guelph's Enabling Garden over ten perfect sunny Friday mornings.

We're excited to launch our winter/spring monthly evening program at the Guelph Civic Museum.   

Beve Matson

Beve Matson

Beverly enjoys telling personal stories and adopting folktales. She loves the connections that storytelling creates with an audience.  "One story leads to another, and I'm drawn to the ways that stories touch the heart."  She is a retired teacher/librarian where she became renowed  as a...

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Brian Holstein

Brian Holstein

Brian Holstein was born on a dairy farm in rural Australia where he began his teaching career before setting off to see the world. His first and only stop was Brampton, Ontario, where he taught until his retirement.  Moving to Guelph in 1999, he became...

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Jenny Higgins

Jenny Higgins

Jenny came to the open mic at GGS events half dozen years ago, expressing a keen interest in the art of storytelling. Jenny has become a regular teller, transporting listeners into the wrold of  folktales and her own creations using her expressvie style. JennyQ has always...

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Michael (Rusty) Dougherty

Michael (Rusty) Dougherty

Michael is born of The Irish, raised in Montreal, schooled in Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.  A proud father of the two most intelligent, independent and coolest daughters on earth. Grandfather to 5 ever changing challenging and easily spoiled gremlins. Rusty plays a Bodhran, guitar and has been known...

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Don Conibear

Don Conibear

As a young boy, it was on his Grandfather’s knee, as he spun tales of his adventures in Canada’s far north, that Don was first exposed to the art and magic of story telling.  Along with the mini-dramas of daily life, a career in law...

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Sya VanGeest

Sya VanGeest

Sya is an avid, veteran storyteller, comfortable telling to all ages. She's a regular volunteer in schools, children's groups, senior homes, church groups, special events, and a teacher of the craft of story telling. She is an experienced educator with more than thirty years as a classroom...

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