Guild Members

Meet the Gueph Guild of Storytellers (GGS) members, who each delight being a storytelling in their own right and working as a group collaborate to plan, shape and organize events and commit to contribute stories. 

A note from Brian Holstien, The GGS organizer of Tea'n' Tales 2018:
. . . I am taking a year’s sabbatical, away from storytelling and other activities. However, I am but one of several in the Guild and I am but one. Sya VanGeest, Beve Matson, Michael Dougherty and Jenny Kaspira will be ably steering the 2019 Tea ‘n’ Tales to even greater heights.

Augusta Supple

Augusta Supple

Augusta (Gus), GGS' newest member, (Oct. 11, 2018) leaped in with both feet to participate in, "History Haunts: Guelph Ghost Stories", an event at Civic Museum on October 24, 2018. A superb event. Here's Gus in role.   Gus, a Sydney-based theatre director, producer and writer, is...

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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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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 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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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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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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