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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.

 

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: 

storykeeper@storytellers-conteurs.ca 

 

2022 Storykeeper Award Recipient- Marva Blackmore

It seems an impossibility to try and confine the vastness of all that Marva Blackmore has achieved in her career as a professional storyteller, mentor, and organizer in the world of story, onto one page. A simple conversation in line at the grocery store provides a stranger with the opportunity to be guided in the art of memoir writing and later, storytelling. This is the magic that Marva weaves...she reaches out to one and all to share her passion for the art of storytelling. She has also managed to reach a wider audience through her authorship of books on the writing of memoirs.


 Marva was first introduced to this art by the Ottawa StoryTellers and with her usual intense focus, quickly proceeded to active participation by coordinating swap gatherings, chairing the Professional Development Committee, directing two festivals and serving for two years as the Festival Program Director in 2006 and 2007. 


It is no surprise that when Marva moved to Qualicum Beach, and discovered that there wasn't a local storytelling group, she reached out to other groups in the region, performing with them and mentoring, and then proceeded, with her personally dynamic approach, to create a group that grew into the Mid-Island Storytellers. With her impressive technical skills, Marva was able to bring improvements to their website and a professional look to posters and publicity materials.  


Fearless as always, Marva extended her storytelling gift, mentorship and organizational abilities to the national stage, with deep and successful involvement within Storytellers of Canada - Conteurs du Canada. At different times, Marva has volunteered as the SC-CC Membership Director, the Project Officer for World Storytelling Day and most memorably, as its president in 2014. 


In the midst of these pandemic years, which have provided innumerable challenges for organizers of cultural events, Marva has provided strong leadership for the group of volunteers welcoming storytellers to the 2022 conference this May in Parksville B.C.


A gifted teller who has striven for excellence in all aspects of the art of storytelling, Marva has been an inspiration for many and without her, our world of storytelling would not have achieved the recognition that it has. Marva is truly deserving of the Storykeeper Award.


Past Storykeeper Award recipients 

Read about Norman Perrin, the 2021 Storykeeper Award Recipient here.

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

Marva Blackmore
Marva Blackmore
2022
Parksville, BC
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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