About Us

Board: 2017/18


President – Jennifer Martin

Co-President – Prescilla Jones

Secretary – Beth Hutchinson

 Treasurer –

Programing  – Nadine Pluzak (Sparkle) 

Members at Large:  

Mike Ewan – Website/Newsletter





In the 70s and 80s people such as Bill Richardson, Kit Pearson, Judi Walker and Sarah Ellis were among the librarians in Vancouver who told to children regularly. They eventually decided that they were also (of course !) interested in telling to adult audiences…and…well…. one thing led to another until finally in 1989, the VancouverSociety of Storytelling was born.

In its 30 years of existence the VSOS has undertaken many projects that reflect its goals of presenting diverse, accessible, high quality storytelling to the public.


What we have done since 1989?


  • organized “To Hear and Be Heard: Tales to Link Us All”, StoryTellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada Conference 2016, which included a public performance by six Canadian tellers.
  • supported Epic Story Telling events
  • organized and mounted nineteen successful international storytelling festivals;
  • Delivered the Creek Forum in support of the St. George Rainway
  • Brought the ELEMENTAL initiative to 5 Vancouver communities;
  • Developed and Facilitated the Seeding Stories:Weaving Communities programme in partnership with MOSAIC;
  • Developed and Facilitated the story box initiative in partnership with urban ink;
  • Produced, in conjunction with CBC Radio One and Britannia World Music, the 3
  • CD enhanced compilation How Music Came to the World and Other Stories.
  • Initiated and produced the Canadian Storytelling Directory;
  • Programmed storytelling at the grand opening of Vancouver’s Public Library, central branch;
  • Co-sponsored VOICES: an Oral History Symposium with the UBC Museum of Anthropology;
  • Brought the Living Room (an informal story-swap environment) to numerous community events.






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