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StoryCare Workshops from Storytelling Toronto


Storycare Project Workshop One: Helping Seniors Discover and Apply the Power of StoryFriday December 2, 2016

9 am check-in, refreshments; workshop 9:30 am - 11:30 amKensington Gardens Long Term Care
25 Brunswick Avenue - South Building
(north of College Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street)
Workshop Fee: $10 + HST (not including service fee)Workshop Leader: Norma Cameron, CFRE
Storytelling and Narrative Consultant
North Saanich, British Columbia

At a time when scientific breakthroughs and new technologies are a daily occurrence, it’s quite amazing that ‘storyis being re-discovered as a unique and powerful way to connect with others;

  • Why stories are so powerful

  • The importance of engaging in listening and gathering seniors’ stories

  • The role stories can play in helping heal ‘broken narrative’ resulting from physical, social, mental and/or emotional limitations

  • Techniques, tips and templates on how to help ourselves and seniors shape and share stories


    Storycare Project Workshop Two: Helping Seniors Shape their Story from a PhotographThursday December 8, 2016

    1 pm check-in, refreshments; workshop 1:30 pm - 3:30 pmCentral Neighbourhood House
    349 Ontario Street
    (south off Gerrard Street East between Sherbourne and Parliament Street)
    Workshop Fee: $10 + HST (not including service fee)Workshop Leader: Rani Sanderson
    Program Coordinator of StoryCentre Canada
    Toronto, Ontario

    They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but what if it takes some coaching to remember the story behind that picture? Learn how to use photographs as a tool to encourage stories told by seniors and ourselves;

  • Listening and cueing techniques for stories

  • Use of photographs helping seniors/oneself remember personal stories

  • Use of questions to draw out story details, senses, emotions

  • Ethics for listeners dealing with triggers and traumas

  • Hands on activities and hearing seniors present their own examples of stories using photographs.



Storytelling Toronto and Baycrest Health Sciences invite you to a symposium on exploring the use and value of narrative practice and storytelling in health and care for older adults. This full-day symposium will be an opportunity to exchange ideas, discover best practices, hear and tell personal and traditional stories, and participate in intimate workshops with international leaders in the field. The symposium will be of value to storytellers, seniors interested in developing their storytelling skills, allied health professionals, palliative care counselors, community animators, family caregivers, and anyone interested in the power of stories to build intergenerational and intercultural bridges. A copy of the newly-published Baycrest Wisdom Book, a collection of stories from the Baycrest Health Sciences community is included in your registration.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Steve Sabat and Mary Louise Chown. Dr. Sabat is a professor emeritus atGeorgetown University, specializing in communication through the “tangled veil” of dementia. MaryLouise Chown is a Winnipeg-based storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in palliative care. The day includes a mix of performances and workshops on topics like intergenerational storytelling, storytelling for community-building, First Nations perspectives, humour, the Baycrest HealthSciences approach to storycare, best practices for storytellers working with seniors, and much more.Presenters include Celia Barker Lottridge, Itah Sadu, Louise Profeit-Leblanc, Marylyn Peringer, LyndaHowes, Jim Rennie, Lorne Brown, Calogero Chiarelli, Dan Yashinsky, Dinny Biggs, Village of Storytellers:Regent Park, and Melissa Tafler.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Baycrest Health Sciences, 3560 Bathurst StreetRegistration: 8:30 * Speakers, Workshops & Discussion: 9 am – 5 pmRegistration Fee: $30 + HST (not including service fee)Includes lunch and snacks

This project is supported by Storytelling Toronto, New Horizons for Seniors Program (Employment and SocialDevelopment Canada), the Arts and Health Program at Baycrest Health Sciences, The Neighbourhood Group and Kensington Gardens Long Term Care.

* Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions in advance
** Baycrest Health Sciences is located at 3560 Bathurst Street, north of Lawrence Street West; if travelling by TTC take the #7 Bathurst bus to Baycrest Avenue. Parking available in the Baycrest lot or on side streets.

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