Seaquam Teacher Competes in Vancouver Story Slam Championship Finals

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Congratulations to Mark LeBourdais, a Drama and English teacher at Seaquam Secondary, who competed in the 2022 Championship Finals of the Vancouver Story Slam in front of a sold-out crowd at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver last Thursday night. Even though his creative non-fiction story, “Ripple Effects,” did not place in the Top 3 stories by audience votes, Mark was thrilled to take part in this exciting event, which blends the literary art of story writing with the performance art of storytelling in front of a live audience.

For the past 18 years, the Vancouver Story Slam has been celebrating storytelling through monthly competitive events that culminate in the annual Championship Finals every December. Storytellers each get six minutes maximum to tell an original story (fiction or non-fiction) for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights of being the best storyteller in town!

“Vancouver Story Slam is a really fun event. I’ve been taking part in the monthly Story Slam events on many occasions over the past year, so I was thrilled to find out a few weeks ago that I had qualified for this year’s Championship Finals,” said Mark. “Due to the pandemic, there hasn’t been a live Finals show for more than three years. Competing in the Finals in front of an enthusiastic audience was an amazing experience. I can’t wait for next year’s monthly Story Slam events to start on January 12th!”

For more information, please read this recent article by the Vancouver Sun:

You can also hear Mark’s interview with Stephen Quinn on CBC Radio’s “The Early Edition” from last Thursday morning here.