The Storyteller

Storytelling...

Story-telling and story-listening bond us in a way that builds connection, relationship, inclusion and community. Stories connect us to each other, to nature, to our ancestors and descendants, to the present, the past and the magic of imagination. Stories hold the keys for opening us up to our potential, to what's possible. Once we open, we can begin to base our lives from a much larger pool of possibilities and direct a life that's more of our own choosing.

Stories have the power to up-lift, heal, teach, educate, and empower. That is why people keep telling and listening to them – because certain stories make a particularly painful part of us feel seen, heard, accepted, and understood.

As children, through stories, we could begin to get the first idea that there could be a good life out there for us if we just stay open to possibilities. Critically, it was important that help could come from unimaginable places – even magical places – because for many children the reality is that they see no possibility of any help coming from anywhere.

In the realm of story there is endless potential and opportunity to see life in a different way; to confront things we once thought of as true – or false. This is a realm with a deep place in spirit – and it holds a great power for spiritual healing and awakening. It is a place that acknowledges that we are all on an individual journey as well as a collective, archetypal one.

As a storyteller, I am that voice of nature, the trickster, the hero, the wizard, the youth, or the crone. I am the opposites. I tell my story and I tell your story because in this archetypal place together we identify with everything – in our own way.

Stories cross all boundaries of difference and bring us together in ways that are truly common, and truly human.

About Denise

  • Storytelling was a natural part of the work I did while teaching curriculum programming and outdoor pursuits to youth for Strathcona County, The City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Schools from 1985 to 2001. I began formal, professional storytelling in 1996.

  • I was accepted to the Artists Roster for the Young Alberta Book Society in 2001 and the Alberta Foundation of the Arts in 2002 and toured for them for many years until moving to BC.

  • In 2002, I was the touring storyteller for The Northern Lights Library System where I traveled to 30 libraries in Alberta over the summer.

  • I have entertained hundreds of international visitors around the campfire and in canoes.

  • Through the years I have presented keynotes, facilitated professional development workshops and performed concerts at many diverse conferences.

  • I was the summer reading program storyteller for all the Edmonton Public Libraries in 2007 and 2008.

  • I’ve told stories to thousands of students in hundreds of schools.

  • I’ve told in Canada as well as in England, Belgium, France, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • I’ve told historic stories while floating down the river recreating a fur trade journey.

  • In 2009 I presented cultural historical programming on The Rocky Mountaineer Train as we traveled between Vancouver and Banff.

  • I was the cultural liaison gathering stories for the Aboriginal Multi Media Society from 2003 – 2006

    • *awarded the 2004 – Eugene Steinhauer Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Aboriginal Communications”

Education, Coaching and Training

  • Level 1 and 2 storytelling training from Gail DeVos in 1995 and 1996

  • Royal Conservatory Learning through the Arts Facilitation Training (2010)

  • Vocal Intensive Training – Banff Centre for the Arts (2009 & 2010)

  • Stage Skills, Story Coaching – Warren Evans – Toronto, Ontario

  • 2008 Writing Residency at Banff Centre for the Arts

  • Performance Skills Training – Randy Ritz – Concordia College, Edmonton

  • Story Theatre Training – Doug Stevensen – Boulder Colorado

Bibliography

  • Soul Stories and Wise Ways CD

  • Tales Compilation CD

Magazine and Newspapers

  • Alberta Sweetgrass

  • Windspeaker National Newspaper

  • Synchronicity Magazine

  • Sherwood Park News

  • Radiant Lights Online Magazine