Telling Tales is the story of volunteerism and community spirit

Volunteer quoteOur volunteers are amazing! They are dedicated and really love what they do.

We are so grateful to the over 25 volunteers who devote their time and energy all year long to organize, plan, promote and fundraise for the Festival; and we are so appreciative of the over 300 volunteers that offer their time and enthusiasm on the Festival day.

We wanted to find out more about our volunteers and how they got involved. So we talked to Lori Fraser, she has been the Captain of the Large Meadow at the Telling Tales Festival for the past three years.  She is also an Early Years Facilitator at the Ontario Early Years Centres in Ancaster, Dundas and Flamborough.

We asked her about her involvement with Telling Tales and about some of her literary favourites!

From left to right: Lori Fraser along with her coworkers Tara Grant and Linda Bryers at the 2013 Telling Tales Festival.

Left to right: Lori Fraser along with coworkers Tara Grant and Linda Bryers at the 2013 Telling Tales Festival.

Volunteer Spotlight on Lori Fraser, Captain of the Large Meadow

Why did you decide to get involved with the Telling Tales Festival?

My supervisor at Today’s Family was originally in this role. She asked me if I would be interested in taking her place as she was no longer able to do it. I didn’t know much about the festival, but thought it sounded like fun, so I said sure!!

What do you look forward to most at the Telling Tales Festival each September?

I love seeing the smiles and excitement in the children’s faces!

The Festival provides a wonderful day for families, while supporting literacy. The Large Meadow is always busy with so much to see and do! We also have many literary characters visit the Meadow – Tinkerbell is my favourite – she makes me laugh.

So far, who has been your favourite presenter?

TURKEY Rhubarb is my favourite!  Paul, Dale and Gerry have played their music at our Ontario Early Years Centres for years now. Paul was actually one of my professors when I was an ECE student at Mohawk College. I know most of their songs and enjoy singing along with them.

TURKEY Rhubarb performing at the Telling Tales Festival - they are always a crowd favourite!

TURKEY Rhubarb performing at the Telling Tales Festival – they are always a crowd favourite!

What was your favourite book as a child?

richard scarry book coverMy favourite books as a child were by Richard Scarry. My favourite was Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. On each page a small gold bug was hiding and I would try to find it!

My Mom still has these books and I enjoy helping my sons find the little gold bug!