Guild Members

Meet the Guelph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) members.  Each delights in being a storyteller in their own right, in addition to working within GGS collaborating to plan, shape, and 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 highly successful annual Tea 'n' Tales with its stellar list of tellers and over 1000 listeners, who sit on the banks of the Speed River in the beautiful setting of Guelph's Enabling Garden over thirteen perfect sunny Friday mornings in the 2022 season.

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

 

NEW MEMBERS:  We welcomed two new members at Tales From the Hill on November 10th:   Rita Hyde and Caulette Coté. Rita and Caulette express love for listening to stories. Each could be seen thoroughly enjoying the weekly summer Friday morning  Tea 'n' Tales in the idyllic setting of the Enabling Garden. At this stage, each stated they'd continue as avid listeners, keen to help with tasks such as setting up. On November 10th Rita, a renowned cook, treated us to delicious muffins with cream cheese icing and colourful decorations. 

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, and special events, and a teacher of the craft of storytelling. She is an experienced educator with more than thirty years as a classroom...

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