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Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
Cindy is a storyteller, singer, performer and Bluenoser (Nova Scotian) with family roots in Prince Edward Island. She has been storytelling for over 35 years.
Cindy is actively performing for adult audiences. She has a special interest in folklore, community and historical stories. She offers workshops on oral history collecting to teens and adults. She is a huge fan of folklorist, Dr Helen Creighton who collected songs and stories from around the Maritimes. Cindy has an appreciation for the stories found in songs and ballads and often includes singing in her stories or weaves a story around a song.
Cindy likes to share stories and receive stories in return. One time, Cindy performed at a Hallowe’en Festival telling ghost stories and afterwards she was thrilled to hear stories from the audience about their own ‘real’ supernatural experiences. She enjoys performing at seniors centres where she can also receive stories when the seniors ‘take a stroll’ down memory lane.
For 32 years, Cindy was a program planner for Halifax Public Libraries. She developed a musical, literacy and oralcy program called Shake, Rattle and Read for preschoolers and their parents. In 2000, Cindy developed and managed an educational entertainment business called StorySong Express. She enjoyed combining storytelling, drama, puppetry, and music aimed at preschoolers and school-aged children. She also presented many workshops to parents, teachers, librarians, and early childhood educators.
Cindy is available for performances at festivals and conferences, concerts and open mic’s, schools and preschools, seniors centres and recreation centres, libraries and museums. She can be flexible and versatile: she once performed in a Yert and on the flat-bed of a tractor trailer!
Cindy has performed many stories online, she recently organized and directed an online World Storytelling Day concert featuring Nova Scotia Storytellers.
A special past storytelling experience for Cindy was when she was chosen to represent Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada for the TD Children’s Book Tour 2005.
Cindy is a proud member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax, Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, Helen Creighton Folklore Society and Storytellers of Canada/ Conteurs du Canada.