Arts Community Leadership
Heather is currently Public Relations representative for the Durham Storytellers in Durham Region, and has been a participating member for well over 20 years.
A regular initiator of community programming, Heather implemented and co-ordinated (former Tellabration concerts) and World Storytelling Day Concerts which are now annual presentations involving all members of Durham Storytellers. Halloween Happening, launched over 10 years ago at Simcoe Hall Settlement House in Oshawa, and has become their annual community service after-school program for children. Check out DS events http://www.durhamfolklorestorytellers.ca/Events.aspx
Heather also works as Artistic Director for StoryFusion Cabaret! which is in its fifth year. The adult Storytelling and music cabaret concert series held in Toronto, is sponsored by Storytelling Toronto through the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Toronto Arts Council grants. She also coordinates Storytelling Toronto storytellers’ appearance at Wychwood Barns annual Boo! at the Barns in October. See event details: http://storytellingtoronto.org/gatherings-events/
Heather is the editor of Storytellers of Canada’s online calendar featuring public storytelling events across Canada, and has served on the board as Human Resource Officer and Director of Memberships. Storytelling events across Canada https://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/events-calendar.html
A recipient of Storytelling Toronto’s Alice Kane and Anne Smythe Awards, Heather also received grants from Storytellers of Canada for Culture Days, and from the former Whitby Race Relations and Diversity Committee and the Whitby Mayor to facilitate school and library storytelling programming with Durham Storytellers for Whitby’s 2005 sesquicentennial (150 years).
She also produces collaborative programs and shows in the community through partnerships, and provides spring-board ideas for teachers and instructors of children and youth programs. One of her fondest experiences was being the first “in house” storyteller for Whitby Station Gallery’s Arts infused programming Reading the Image for grades 7 & 8 during the month of November 2012, performing three days a week.