Moonlighting

Steel City Stories was back at the First Unitarian Church on November 1st, and the theme of the night was Moonlighting! We heard a range of stories about what people do in their spare time, from passions to obligations, and all that comes with it! For those of you who missed out (or just want to re-listen), keep an eye on our Soundcloud page as we’ll be posting podcasts of the stories there. Let’s dive in!

 

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Anne Cumby was our host for the night, regaling us with her own tales of moonlighting.

 

Susan

Susan Creer kicked off the night detailing the struggles she has experienced with the ODSP system.

 

Grace

Our very own Grace Evans, a Steel City Stories committee member, told of her relationship with her 106 year old friend Mrs. Goodale, and how she ‘moonlighted’ learning and sewing a quilt over ten years.

 

Kate

What was a weekend passion became a full-time job for Kate Flynn, as she went from working as a 9-5er in the city, to farming with her husband in a true fish-out-of-water story.

 

Carla

Carla Borstad Klassen shared her experience of being a new parent, and all the surprises it entails.

 

Darlene

Ending the night was Darlene Chrissley, telling her enlightening experience of discovering skinny-dipping.

Unfortunately Joy and Gary Warner were unable to attend.

And that’s it! It was another great event, with wonderful people and fascinating stories. We are taking a short break for the winter, but will be back on March 7, with stories about “Faking It”. Stay tuned for details!

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Introducing…Kate!

Get to know your storyteller! Leading up to Moonlighting on Saturday, we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Kate!

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Kate Flynn is Co-owner and Operations Manager at Honest Field Farms, a small organic farm based just outside of Hamilton in Millgrove, Ontario. A one-time New Yorker, Kate is proud to call downtown Hamilton home. Kate holds a M.Sc. from Oxford University and B.A.H. from Queen’s University. When she’s not at the farm, Kate can be found volunteering with the Hamilton Victory Gardens, reading at the Mulberry Cafe, or running (very slowly) in Bayfront Park.

Join us at the First Unitarian Church on Saturday, November 1st, to hear Kate and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!). See you there!

Introducing…Grace!

Get to know your storyteller! Leading up to our next event, Moonlighting, on November 1st, we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Grace!

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Grace Evans is a community development worker at the Social Planning and Research Council for Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative. At Tastebuds, Grace supports universally accessible student nutrition programs in schools across Hamilton by incorporating local foods and developing and implementing food literacy programming. Grace is a co-founder of Steel City Stories and lives downtown with her partner Scott and their dog Hank.

Join us at the First Unitarian Church this Saturday, November 1st, to hear Grace and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!).

Introducing…Darlene!

Get to know your storyteller! Leading up to our event on Saturday we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Darlene!

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Darlene Chrissley is fascinated by the unique weirdness of people and the wonders of the everyday world. She has the curiosity of a scientist, the imagination of an artist and a passion for language. Her ongoing quest is to live in the sweet spot where self-expression and service meet. Darlene is the author of the book Conversations for Power and Possibility.  She has an international coaching and consulting practice. Skinny-dipping is her favorite sport.

Join us at the First Unitarian Church this Saturday, November 1st, to hear Darlene and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!).

Introducing…Gary and Joy

Get to know your storytellers! Leading up to our next event, Moonlighting, on November 1st, we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Gary and Joy!

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Gary Warner has had a lifelong career as a university professor and administrator. He both taught and worked overseas in international development and was director of McMaster International. He has been active in the Hamilton community for over 40 years on social justice issues, including anti-racism, immigration, poverty, human rights and international development. He is a member of the Order of Canada.

Joy Warner has spent a lifetime pursuing the elusive goal of peace through many groups, including Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Project Ploughshares, KAIROS Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and the Hamilton Culture of Peace Network. Joy is the Coordinator of the Spiritan Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. She is proud to be a Raging Granny. Joy and Gary have 4 creative children and 9 beautiful grandchildren.

Join us at the First Unitarian Church this Saturday, November 1st, to hear Gary, Joy, and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!).

Introducing…Susan!

Get to know your storyteller! Leading up to our next event, Moonlighting, on November 1st, we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Susan!

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Susan Creer is a local gal with a strong interest in people as well as disability and poverty concerns. Susan’s background includes professional and community theatre, event planning, and administration. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Arts from Redeemer University College and an Event and Conference Management Certificate from Mohawk College. Susan teaches acting to children and youth and is a speaker with ‘Speak Now.’ She is also a board member for the Routes Youth Centre in Dundas and a Toastmaster International club member. Susan loves to walk and then relax with tea and a good book.

Join us at the First Unitarian Church this Saturday, November 1st, to hear Susan and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!).

Introducing…Carla!

Get to know your storyteller! Leading up to our next event, Moonlighting, on November 1st, we’re bringing you brief bios of our speakers. Here’s Carla!

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Carla Borstad Klassen was born and raised in Hamilton, and grew up singing and defending herself against her brother. She works at the Social Planning and Research Council where she does program evaluation and community planning related to immigration, food, neighbourhoods, and children. She likes laughing, has problems with capitalism, tries to be kind, and feels lucky to have such a compatible partner in Anna. Carla likes sleeping (but doesn’t do it much), eating (constantly), dancing, and being deeply silly with her kid, Charlie. 

Join us at the First Unitarian Church next Saturday, November 1st, to hear Carla and others tell true stories from their own lives, live without notes! Doors open at 7. Advance tickets available online (here!).