North Shore Stories

Storytelling is no longer just for kids. Community storytelling events are cropping up everywhere (see Raincity Chronicles and There’s No Place Like Home), and we decided to hop on the bandwagon with our very own North Shore Stories: An Evening of Community Storytelling. Come hear your neighbours share their stories in 10 minutes or less!

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, September 28;  Time: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments and wine);  North Vancouver City Library, Singh Room on the third floor of the library.   Storytellers include:

Mayor Darrell Mussatto:  Born and raised in North Vancouver, Mayor Mussatto is serving his third term on City Council as Mayor. In addition to serving as North Vancouver’s mayor, he has worked as a paramedic with B.C. Ambulance Service and holds a BA and Professional Teaching Certificate, as well as a Health and Fitness Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Mayor Mussatto’s priority issues are sustainability, affordability and homelessness.

Mike McCardell:  As a reporter for Global TV and a bestselling author, Mike McCardell tells stories. Born in New York 68 years ago and raised by his mother, Mike was one of the early examples of a Latch Key kid. He spent all his time on the street and without knowing it started gathering stories. One day out of high school he went to work for a large tabloid New York newspaper and spent the next 10 years filling up on hard core crime stories. Later, after he got out of the air force, he and his wife decided New York was too dangerous to raise their children and they moved to Vancouver, a destination they picked out of a National Geographic magazine. Forty years later he is still here, most of that time enjoyably gathering simple stories about ordinary people and putting them on television.

Massoume Price:  Massoume Price is a social anthropologist who has published several books on Iran, including Iran’s Diverse Peoples and Ancient Iran. She is the Membership Director and Cultural Events Coordinator for the Canadian Iranian Foundation.


Vanessa Campbell:  Vanessa Campbell is a Squamish Storyteller and Educator. She has worked with the Squamish language since 1972. From early child care programs to college age learners, she has been privileged to share and learn through the words and teachings of her Elders. Vanessa believes that through the Squamish language you can begin to see where, how and why the daily life for those long past was defined by interactions with the surrounding environment…just as it defines our daily lives.

Kucki Low:  Kucki Low’s life story is an adventure filled with fascinating twists and turns. She triumphed over much adversity and succeeded against all odds to become not only a successful flight instructor but South Africa’s first female airline pilot. After nine years in aviation and close to four thousand flying hours, she left her career behind and started a new life with her husband and son in Vancouver. She is now an author and international speaker.

Barry Jakel: Born in Calgary in 1948, Barry now resides on Vancouver’s North Shore. His career path included early stops in Ottawa and Calgary before beginning his goal to become a broadcaster with 17 years in radio as an announcer and writer. After retiring from 23 years of sales and marketing from the Vancouver Symphony Ochestra, Barry has released his first book of prose and imagery, Excuse Me! Your Sun is in My Shadow.

Michell Dodds: Michelle Dodds is the Executive Director of the North Shore Women’s Centre, where she feels very fortunate to have worked for the last 13 years. As part of a team and community, Michelle has been involved with a number of programs, projects, committees and campaigns. Originally from Ontario and Manitoba, Michelle has lived her adult life on the West Coast. These days, most of her stories are created for and recited to her 2-year-old daughter, with whom Michelle and her partner live happily in the City of North Vancouver.

Meghan Radomske: Meghan Radomske considers herself lucky to call North Vancouver home. Born and raised here, Meghan has ancestors from Scotland, Poland, and Romania. When she’s not running and hiking the local trails, she’s working as a Librarian for Surrey Libraries. A bookish nerd at heart, Meghan has found her transition from horrible high-school athlete to someone who runs, bikes, and (sometimes) skis, a fascinating observation of two very different cultures. She’s keen to navigate the social norms and customs of this athletic culture and to find answers to questions including “Why don’t road cyclists wear Camelbacks? Aren’t they thirsty?”

Let me know if you have any questions about the event. Hope to see you all there!

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