The Pathfinder's Collective is an independent publishing partnership created to share the joy of personal narrative with a larger audience.
Our mission is to raise up the voices of storytellers who focus on the true personal narrative of their lives.
I am a storyteller, writer and workshop facilitator. I love to help others find and share their stories.
I have performed my one-person comedic storytelling show Tough in The Toronto Storytelling Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe.
I have created and presented original storytelling webinars, presented keynotes and coached incredible storytellers across Canada for events such as National Engineering Month and the UNIFOR Women's Conference.
I was lucky enough to wander into a storytelling show about ten years ago. I immediately fell in love with the art form and scene. It has truly changed my whole life.
Through my work as a story event producer and coach I have met so many brilliant, hilarious, inspiring people across North America, and now, the world. If I was to go back in time and tell my 17-year-old self about it she would call me a liar TO MY FACE.
My dream is for everyone to have space to share their story and be able to connect with the life-changing power that brings. I've seen it happen for hundreds of people over the years, and I look forward to doing so for the rest of my life.
I am a writer, storyteller, public speaker, trainer, self-defense instructor and advocate who believes that we should all use our talents, strength, words and privilege to lift each other up every chance that we get.
I have been featured on the Speak Up, SepTogs, Locally Fameless! and 7 by 7 storytelling venues, as well as the Once Upon a Gene, GRIT, Most Important Thing and Dad to Dad podcasts.
I teach “Telling Your Story with a Purpose”, an advocacy class for parents and guardians of children with disabilities, helping them learn to use storytelling techniques to harness the power of their personal experiences with their children to drive system and policy changes.
Although my stories cut across a broad range of human interests, many of them are culled from my own personal experiences with being a single grandparent raising a medically fragile child.
My hope is that my stories contain a depth of emotion and vulnerability that invites you into a personal connection, and that you find something in these stories of my journey that lets you know that none of us are truly alone; that we all share many of the same hopes, fears, disappointments, and triumphs.
I believe a good story – and the ability to tell one – is more important than ever, given what’s become of our attention spans.
I am thankful to that one, nervy friend who once nudged me to tell a story in public for the first time. Since then, I've appeared on PBS’s “Stories from the Stage,” on the RISK! True Stories podcast and on Grit, a storytelling podcast I co-founded.
I now help other storytellers prep for their own appearances on “Stories from the Stage.” Also, I'm very excited to join my friends Erin and Jeremy as an editor at The Pathfinders Collective.
My writing has been published in national magazines, literary journals, and anthologies.
- Roald Dahl
- Hermann Hesse
- Victor Hugo