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Storykeeper Award

Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada (SC - CC) created this award to show appreciation for some of our outstanding storytellers. These tellers have not only delighted us with good tales well told, but have, over the years, enlarged our audiences, mentored others, supported organizations at local, national and possibly even international levels, all the while expanding the scope of the art.

For 2021 we will be accepting submissions from the east only. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2021.


To nominate an SC - CC member for this award, please use the online application form in the members area.

Questions? Email Storykeeper Award Chair Ann Rothfels: 

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The 2021 recipient of the Storykeeper Award is Toronto's Norman Perrin Congratulations Norman!  
For a number of years now (almost forty to be exact) we have had an old-fashioned storytelling troubadour in our midst, ever since Norman Perrin first hitch-hiked seventy miles from St. Catherine's, to attend the third annual Toronto Storytelling Festival. That experience was world changing for him and from that moment on, stories and storytelling became central to his life. Since that time, Norman has generously offered up stories whenever and wherever they were requested because he really believes that they are a powerful source of affirmation for the good to be found in this world. With limited financial resources, Norman has found a way to travel near and far, sharing and listening to stories.

Norman's storytelling experience is vast and in this limited space it is impossible to enumerate all that he has achieved since first telling in 1989. “Reading his curriculum vitae reveals a wealth of storytelling venues which he explored with enthusiasm ... festivals, public gardens (including the Butterfly Peace garden in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka in 2003)  parks, pubs, and museums to mention a few.

Perhaps his most intriguing storytelling venture was his '“Rolling Story Stone Tour", which involved him travelling through many countries (Scotland, England, Israel, and Bangladesh, to name a few), carrying a wooden box that was packed with small objects, figures of animals, people, and a flat stone. Participants would choose an object from the box and with support from Norman, would create their own healing stories, for some of these participants had experienced deep personal trauma.

Perhaps Norman's most memorable achievement is the establishing of his private collection, The Four Winds Library, a resource of six thousand books specifically focused on folk and fairy tales which, along with his personal knowledge garnered over many years of managing the library, has enriched the lives of storytellers near and far. in Dan Yashinsky's words, "Norman Perrin is one of the heroes of the Canadian storytelling movement. He created one of the world's foremost private collections of folktales, and provided guidance with unstinting generosity to any storyteller looking for sources, versions, translations, and earliest telling of stories."  All of this has been achieved with limited resources, but great passion. As Norman has travelled, so has his library, often a feature at storytelling festivals and conferences.

It is an honour to to present the Storykeeper Award to Norman Perrin. A gifted teller himself, he has allowed others to flourish as he has shared both his library and expertise with a spirit of generosity which has endeared him to so many.

Read about Sylvi Belleau, the 2019 Storykeeper Award Recipient here.



Read about Kira Van Deusen, the 2018 Storykeeper Award Recipient here.

Read about Dan Yashinsky, the 2017 Storykeeper Award Recipient here.

Members who got this award

Norman Perrin
Norman Perrin
2021
Toronto, ON
Sylvi Belleau
Sylvi Belleau
2019
Montreal, Quebec
Kira Van Deusen
Kira Van Deusen
2018
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dan  Yashinsky
Dan Yashinsky
2017
Toronto, Ontario
Anne Glover
Anne Glover
2016
Victoria, British Columbia
Elinor Benjamin
Elinor Benjamin
2015
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Pearl-Ann Gooding
Pearl-Ann Gooding
2014
Wainwright, Alberta
Jan Andrews
Jan Andrews
2013
Lanark, Ontario
Melanie Ray
Melanie Ray
2011
Vancouver, British Columbia
Celia Lottridge
Celia Lottridge
2010
Toronto, Ontario

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