Link to one of Doreen's storytelling performances:

 Separated by Rail


Doreen performed as Emily Murphy at the Famous Five Foundation event in Oct. 2017, 2018 and 2019

Publications

Novel

Watershed (April 2020): Freehand Books www.freehand-books.com

Short Fiction

"Amusement Park" (July 2016): Loft 112 - Long Lunch, Quick Reads

"The Clearing" (Fall 2014): Prairie Fire Magazine

"A Good Day" (Jan. 2014): Montreal Serai

"Old Crow" (Nov. 2013): Epiphany Magazine

"Borrowed Daughter" (Oct. 2013): Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature

"The Clearing" (October 2013): Hon. Mention in Brenda Strathern Late Bloomers Contest

"Gertie" (June 2012): Alexandra Writers Centre Society

Flash Fiction

"Getting Carried Away in my Car" (July 2011): CBC website pick-of-the-day

"Amusement Park" (June 2011): Finalist in Writers Union of Canada contest

"Streaker" (February 2011): CBC website pick-of-the-day for ‘Stranger than Fiction’ contest


External Links

Storytelling Alberta: www.storytellingalberta.com

Writer's Guild of Alberta: www.writersguild.ca

Alexandra Writers' Centre Society: www.alexandrawriters.org

Loft 112: www.loft112.org

Lori Hahnel, Writer: www.lorihahnel.ca

Merilyn Simonds, Writer/Editor: www.merilynsimonds.com

Mary Hays, Storyteller: www.storymary.com

Shaun Hunter, Writer: www.shaunhunter.ca

Marie Bryce, Storyteller: www.thewildstoryteller.com

Karen Gummo, Storyteller/Visual Artist:  www.karengummo.com

Betty Hersberger, Storyteller: www.bettyhersbergerstoryteller.com

Shelf Life Books: www.shelflifebooks.ca

Creative Non-Fiction Collective: https://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/


Performances (highlights)

2020

Storytelling Alberta World Storytelling Day Concert (Mar. 14): Co-direct concert and perform Dutch folktale and song. Tickets: www.talesalberta.org/concerts

Bethany Care Society (Feb. 18): Perform as Emily Murphy in program about the Famous 5

Kairos Blanket Exercise - U of C Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Feb. 3): Performed as European colonizer in Marilyn Shingoose's presentation of Indigenous history in Canada

Bow View Manor (Jan. 8): Lead residents insingalong

Revera Scenic Acres (Jan. onward): Bi-weekly performances of songs and stories on a theme

2019

Carya (Dec. 18): Perform stories and songs for Christmas party

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (Nov. 26): Appear as Mary Schaffer and perform other stories and songs on the theme of "The Great Outdoors"

Olds Kiwanis Performing Arts Society (Oct. 22): Perform music at opening reception for gala evening

Revera Edgemont (June to Dec.): Perform stories and songs on various themes and lead two workshops

Celtic Festival in Water Valley (June 15): Perform Celtic songs and stories

Famous Five: Perform as Emily Murphy in a dramatic presentation of the Persons Case story

  • Storytelling Alberta Story Cafe (Oct. 30)
  • Alix, AB (Oct. 26)
  • F5 Foundation Pink Tea 90th Anniversary Gala (Oct. 20)
  • F5 Foundation at the F5 monument (Oct. 18)
  • Claresholm, AB (Oct. 5)
  • Calgary Winter Club (Oct. 2)
  • Varsity Village Manor (Sept. 10)
  • Historic Calgary Week (July 29)
  • Old, AB (June 4 and July 1)
  • Varsity Village Manor (May 8)
  • Alix, AB (Apr. 17)

Amica at Aspen (Apr. 25): Perform "Spring" themed songs and a dramatic presentation in costume as "Mary Schaffer: Mountain Woman"

TALES Story Cafe (Apr. 24): Perform dramatic presentation in costume as "Mary Schaffer: Mountain Woman" for theme of "On the Road"

TALES Storytelling Workshop (Apr. 6): Present a workshop on oral storytelling entitled "Jump Right In"

Revera for Seniors (Apr. 5): Perform "Spring" themed songs and dramatic presentation in costume as "Mary Schaffer: Mountain Woman"

TALES World Storytelling Day Concert (Mar. 16): Direct, produce and emcee storytelling concert in celebration of St. Patrick's Day

Revera Scenic Acres (Mar. 15): Perform stories and songs to celebrate St. Paddy's Day

Revera Scenic Acres (Mar. 8): Perform stories and songs with Chantal Chagnon on theme of "Connection"

Revera Edgemont (Feb. 14): Perform stories and songs on the theme of "Love"

Innisfail Library and Sunshine Lodge (Feb. 9): Perform folktale and songs on the theme "Into the Woods"

Revera Scenic Acres (Feb. 8): Collaborative show with harpist Eily Aurora

Revera Edgemont (Jan. 31): Perform stories and songs on the theme of "Health and Wellness through Story and Song"

Kairos Blanket Exercise: Perform as European colonizer in Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes' presentation of Indigenous history in Canada:

  • Heart & Stroke Foundation (Oct. 10)
  • Wheatland County (May 27)
  • University School (Mar. 22)
  • U of C (Feb. 6)
  • National Energy Board (Jan. 30)
  • Westmount Charter School (Jan. 29)

2018

Silvera for Seniors (Dec. 3 to 19): Perform stories and songs for "Christmas Around the World" at all 9 Silveraproperties

Coburn Community Centre (Dec. 2): Perform songs for Christmas party

Kairos Blanket Exercise (Apr. to Nov.): Perform as European in Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes' presentation of Indigenous history in Canada pre- and post-contact

  • National Energy Board (Nov. 21)
  • Commons Church (Oct. 13)
  • National Food Inspection Agency (May 23)
  • National Sport School (May 9)
  • St. Leo's Centre (May 4)
  • Montessori School (Apr. 30)
  • St. Andrew's Church (Apr. 11)

The Swan (Nov. 19): Perform stories and songs with Betty Hersberger for "Home Sweet Home" show

Buffalo Trails School District: Perform songs and family stories with Mary Hays in show entitled "Women in War"

  • Provost School (Nov. 16 - 4 shows for Grades 2 to 12)
  • Vermilion Elementary School (Nov. 15 pm - 2 shows for Grades 2 to 6)
  • Kitscoty Jr/Sr High School (Nov. 15 am - 2 shows for Grades 9 to 11)
  • E.H. Walter School in Paradise Valley (Nov. 14 pm - 2 shows for Grades 3 to 12)
  • Irma School (Nov. 13 pm - 2 shows for Grades 3 to 12)
  • Wainwright High School (Nov. 13 am - 2 shows for Grades 10-12)

Scenic Acres Seniors Residence (Nov. 9): Perform songs and family stories with Mary Hays for Remembrance Day event

Belfast School (Nov. 7): Perform songs and family stories with Mary Hays in "Women in War" program for Grade 2 class

TALES Story Cafe (Oct. 31): Perform story and songs for "Tales from the Crypt" hosted by Michael Newsom and Mary Hays

Famous Five Foundation Person's Case Anniversary (Oct. 18): Perform at Emily Ferguson Murphy

Panel Member "Storytelling: It's a Thing!" (Sept. 12): Participate in discussion of storytelling as a career

The Swan (Aug. 20) - Stories and songs about trains with Betty Hersberger

Storytellers of Canada Conference - Peterborough (July 5-7): Perform in story showcase & workshop presenter

Calgary Zoo (June 27): Present storytelling workshop with Mary Hays

Silvera for Seniors campfires (June 11 to July 19): Perform program "Stories and Songs from Around the World" at all 9 Silvera properties

Loft 112 (May 9): Present storytelling workshop with Mary Hays

Scenic Acres Seniors Residence (May 6): Three storytelling/music sets at the Annual Open House

TALES Calgary Story Cafe (Apr. 25): Performed Dutch folktale

"The Jester of Malahide Castle" (March 17): Director/host/storyteller in TALES Calgary's celebration of World Storytelling Day

Aspen Woods Retirement Community (March 17): St. Patrick's Day celebration with stories and songs

St. David’s Church (Feb. 2): Perform Canadian stories and songs for the Friendship Club

High Performance Rodeo "Trophy" show (Jan. 17 - 19): Stories of transformation in the atrium of Calgary Municipal Building

2017

Chateau Renoir (November 9): Remembrance Day performance of stories and songs with Mary Hays

Canada 150 Concert (November 4): Co-produce concert with Mary Hays in celebration of Canada 150

Anniversary of the Persons Case (October 18): Appear as Emily Ferguson Murphy at the Famous Five monument at Olympic Plaza

Hillhurst United Church (October 14): Lead storytelling workshop with Mary Hays and Gordon Churchill

Rotary Club (September 14): Present an overview of TALES and performed "Liberation," the story of my parents' experience in Holland at the end of WWII

"Stories on the Way: Tales of Movement and Migration" (September 13): Co-host storytelling open mic at Eau Claire Market

Silvera for Seniors campfires (August 14 - 28): Perform stories and songs to celebrate Canada 150 at all of 9 Silvera properties in Calgary

Skyline Hikers of the Canadian Rockies (August 6 to 12): Lead songs and told stories at the nightly campfires

Canadian Stories Magazine Biennial Conference in Drumheller (August 4): Storyteller for opening night of conference

Alexandra Writers' Centre Society (July 24): Present Storytelling 101 workshop

Spine-tingling Tales (July 8 in Edmonton): Perform story "Brabo and the Giant" at the Edmonton Cemetery

Canada Day (Olds, Alberta): Stories and songs in celebration of Canada 150 with Mary Hays and Betty Hersberger

Chinatown Tour (June 23): Perform "Ghost Train" during tour hosted by Dale Lee Kwong

Didsbury Library (June 21): Stories and songs on railway theme with Betty Hersberger

Seton Retirement Community (June 19): Songs and stories for Father's Day tribute

Aspen Woods Retirement Community (June 19): Songs and stories for Father's Day tribute

"See Olds First" (June 17): Songs and story in a play of stories produced by Mary Hays

Westview Retirement Community (June 14): Stories and songs on railway theme with guest performer, Betty Hersberger

Seniors Week - Scenic Acres Retirement Community (June 9): Stories and songs on railway theme with guest performer, Betty Hersberger

Storytelling Concert for Didsbury Canada 150 celebration (June 6): Co-host event and performed stories and music

TALES Storytelling Festival (May 26): Perform during evening concert on the theme of "Canadian Spirits"

Jane's Walk (May 5): Perform during Jane's Walk tour of Chinatown

TALES Story Cafe (April 26): Perform story and song on the theme "Wash Day Blues" 

World Storytelling Day Concert (March 18): Co-produce and perform in concert to celebrate Canada 150

Chateau Renoir (February 14): Stories and songs about love with Mary Hays

Amica - Aspen Woods Seniors Community (February 7): Stories and songs about love

Private Birthday Party (February 4): Perform stories and songs tailored to the celebrant

Chinatown Tour (January 20): Perform story during tour hosted by Dale Lee Kwong

City of Calgary, Recreation, Culture Division (January 17): Co-lead workshop on storytelling with Cassy Welburn

2016

Skyline Hikers Camp (August 1 to 5): Perform stories and songs around evening campfires at a backcountry camp

Edmonton Federal Building, Alberta Legislature (July 23): Period songs to accompany a piece by Mary Hays about her pioneer grandmother

Centennial Park Gazebo, Olds, AB (Canada Day): Period songs to accompany Nellie McClung (played by Mary Hays) making a speech about universal suffrage

Scenic Acres Seniors Residence (Canada Day): Stories and songs for a Canada Day tribute to multi-culturalism 

TALES Edmonton Storytelling Festival (May 28): Two shows (one for adults; one for children) on the theme of trains and railway building in Canada.

CJSW Radio (May 12): Perform stories from the February Story Cafe on "Charmer's Almanac"

St. Sebastian School (May 4): Perform stories and songs on railway theme

Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church (April 29): Perform songs and stories on "Spring"

TALES Calgary Story Cafe (Feb. 24): Host and perform with other storytellers on the theme of "Wind."

2014-15

Weekly singalongs: Revera Scenic Acres

Monthly singalongs: Silvera Shouldice, Silvera Confederation and Bow View Manor

TALES Calgary Story Cafe (Feb. 26): Perform songs and a story on the theme of "Strong Women and Girls"