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Dinny Biggs

Dinny Biggs

My previous career as a classroom teacher and community program coordinator in downtown east Toronto, built my experience with families and newcomers of all ages and backgrounds connecting with storytelling. I continue to apply storytelling not only as best practice in pedagogy, but also as influential for family and community engagement. I encourage oral tradition by building my skill as a story listener and in particular, to hear stories previously dismissed, unheard or hidden. I am myself, an emerging storyteller and arts supporter.

 Volunteer Director: 

Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada

2015 to 2017 vice-president

2017 to 2019 president 

Workshop Coordinator: Storytelling with Seniors

Storytelling Toronto 2016 – 2017

I helped organize two workshops, a full day symposium and public online resource on healthcare with examples of storytelling involving older adults. I continue to explore applications of oral storytelling in response to current research on brain stimulus for dementia patients listening to and telling stories.

Video about project on the Storytelling Toronto website as 'Memories into Stories'

Project Coordinator: Village of Storytellers

Storytelling Toronto 2012 – 2015

Over four years, I invited Regent Park residents and community partners as advisors to help shape over 20 storytelling circles in schools and community centres with children, youth, adults and seniors working with professional storytellers. Each group met once a week over 6 to 8 weeks. The projects included participants telling stories at community events and some, later on stage at the Toronto Storytelling Festival. 

The experience demonstrated oral traditions around the world and how stories 'travel' and matter when told out loud. Collected testimonials from project participants and audiences reinforced the impact of oral storytelling  to support social inclusion, cultural competency and community engagement.

Video about project in archives of Storytelling Toronto as ‘Village of Storytellers’

Coordinator of Festival Volunteers

Toronto Storytelling Festivals 

Storytelling Toronto 2010 - 2015 

This was intense, but exciting work each year with over 50 volunteers recruited to support and assist artists and audiences at a variety of storytelling events over ten days of programming and in multiple venues for the annual, international Toronto Storytelling Festival.



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