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Seniors' Day 2015
 
The Surrey Seniors' Planning Table and DIVERSEcity celebrated Seniors' Day, October 1, with a Story-Telling Tea in the Surrey Central Library. 
About 40 seniors attended, to have tea and cake, and hear about the new Multicultural Elders' Storybook project that DIVERSEcity and the Planning Table have applied for from the Government of Canada. Four members of the Planning Table and one member of the audience told stories from their pasts to entertain the group.
 
 

MULTI-CULTURAL ELDERS’ STORYBOOK

Passing Our Stories Down the Generations

                       

 

Children will source their family stories to pass on the immigrant experience. Family elders will tell their folk tales and personal stories for recording. Then elders will perform selected stories to appropriate target audiences in schools and libraries. The final result will be the publication of the stories in book form for distribution to participants, schools, community centres and cultural groups. 

 

These stories could be of many types. The two we expect to hear the most are traditional folk tales and personal tales of seniors. Especially interesting will be those of people coming to Canada, both experiences leaving their old country, and adapting to their new home.

 

The multi-age element of the project is in getting school children to recognize the value of the stories of their family members, and then having those seniors come to tell their stories to the rest of the students. The final book will be a great reminder to all of the value of family lore.

 

Volunteers at the organizational level will be needed to help in contacting prospective target groups, (schools, cultural organizations, etc.) and in transcribing and choosing the stories to be performed and published. Students and storytellers will be volunteers.

 

A Four-Stage Process

1.     Contact the schools/cultural groups. This will require as many resources as we can gather, because the best way to contact these groups is through a personal connection.

2.      Collect stories. This will probably be done in the teller’s home or cultural centre, and will require the services of a sound technician. This will be the most time-consuming element of the project.

3.     Arrange Performances. These would be at the home school of the students who collected the stories.

4.     Publish. Once the stories have been recorded, they will need to be transcribed. The main editing task will be to decide which stories will be appropriate for publication. Stories will need to be grouped by reason of topic, age group, subject matter, appropriate fit with school curriculum, or whatever the material suggests.
Funding should be secured by the end of October, and the project will start early in the new year. Those interested in participating should call Chanchal Sidhu at 604-547-1219  
 
 
 

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