Thanks for coming here to find out a bit more about me, and my passion for writing, broadcasting and storytelling. I’d also like to encourage you to visit each of the pages on this site for more details.
I have over 20 years of work experience in the federal public service and regional health care system, most recently as a communications specialist. My experience also includes freelancing, consulting and many, many hours of volunteer work, primarily in the arts sector.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Human Resource Development. I also attended a one-room country school, and think that is where my love for stories was nurtured. In those days, every student in every class was asked to read aloud, so from Grade 1 to Grade 8, I got to hear all the stories over and over again – hard not to fall in love with them, and the idea of sharing stories in different forms!
As an oral storyteller, I specialize in folk tales and legends from the Ukrainian tradition, but also tell stories from around the world to suit a particular theme. I have told stories to audiences of all ages at schools, libraries and festivals in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York State, including the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival, Ottawa Storytelling Festival and the Toronto Festival of Storytelling.
I am a member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, and was selected to represent the organization in 2004 during Canadian Children’s Book Week, when I toured communities in Alberta. That same year, I received a project grant from the Canada Council of the Arts to produce a series of storytelling radio broadcasts, and was awarded the Roger Charest Sr. Award for Broadcast & Media Arts for “Beyond the Blue Mirror”. In 2001, I was invited to present a paper at the University College of Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium, an excerpt of which was later published in The Globe and Mail.
In addition to The Globe and Mail, my writing has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Prairies North. A story and poem that I wrote appear in the anthology, Kobzar’s Children: A Century of Untold Ukrainian Stories. I am currently the president of the La Ronge Wild Rice Writers’ Group and a member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.
My work has also been broadcast on a variety of regional and national CBC Radio shows, as well as several community radio stations.
I currently live in Air Ronge, in northern Saskatchewan. It’s a beautiful part of the country, but a bit of a drive from most locations that might want to engage me for a reading or storytelling performance. If you are in Saskatchewan, though, the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild may be able to assist with travel costs. Check out the details of their Readings Program.
I look forward to hearing from you!