Tapping into Resiliency Through Storytelling (TRTS)

January 26, 2022 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Storytelling has been around for millennia, not only for entertainment but as a way of imparting education, connection, and empowerment. Stories help us reflect on and overcome our challenges and develop resiliency skills like empathy, diversity, gratitude, and many more. We wanted to discover ways of bringing resiliency and storytelling together, and there has never been a more critical time to do so. Throughout the pandemic, our resiliency has been put to the test. Communities 4 Families’ workshop helps participants reflect and explore the many ways to build on their resiliency skills through the lens of each oral story we share.

Date: Wednesday, January 26 and Friday, January 28

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Online via Zoom (participants will be emailed the login details after registering)

Registration: Register here


Recommended Participants: 

  • Community leaders and administrators
  • Families and caregivers
  • Family support practitioners
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Child care centre administrators
  • Program leaders and facilitators


  • Benefits of Storytelling
  • Internal and External Resiliency
  • Community as a protective factor
  • Reflecting on personal and community agency

Quotes from workshop participants:

“Although I may read books to the children in my live, I don’t do much time doing oral storytelling. Yet as a child, many of my fondest memories with my parents are when they would tell me their own stories. Whether it be stories about their lives or ones that they imagined themselves. There is something very intimate about an oral story. The engagement between audience and storyteller is enhanced. I definitely want to do more storytelling.” 

“By using animals and specific themes, storytelling allows people to address systemic and cultural challenges without pointing blame at certain groups. This creates a pathway through difficult conversations and within this workshop it allowed us to reflect on personal and communal experiences where we have faced adversity and how to overcome it.”