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.   

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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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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Ellen Webb

Ellen Webb

Ellen wears many hats ranging from puppeteer to face painter to actor to storyteller, at times successfully incorporating one or all of these skills into one entertaining package. Ellen is generous to a fault, sharing in a number of ways and settings including schools, senior...

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Jenny Higgins

Jenny Higgins

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

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Linda Neff

Linda Neff

Linda Neff loves the magic of good stories. She feels that there are no  "bad days," only more material for stories later on! For many years, she shared stories with her high school students, and now passes tales on to her friends and grandchildren. She...

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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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Ronald Conibear

Ronald 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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Susan McBride

Susan McBride

Susan was born in Windsor ON, into an Irish Family, great yarn spinners. Susan was #4 of 6 children and not sure if that's significant, but she inherited the story bug in spades. Not surprising that the study of English Literature drew her to U...

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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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