Health Stories

Introducing stories about health and healthcare, created inside and outside community digital storytelling workshops.

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Still Life/Still

A pictorial timeline expressed with the food scraps leftover from meal preparation and caregiving served to family during the illness...

A man checks water samples in 1911.

Dr. Water

My great-grandfather, Dr. Charles Sheard, fought water-borne illness and smallpox in early Toronto.

An ocean wave is painted in blue and green colours, overlaid with the image of the artist in a bathing suit. A black title reads QUANTUM SMACK!


High tide and sunrise coincide on a chilly winter's day at the edge of the North West Pacific Ocean 0717hrs...

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Visceral visual meditation and reflection on how we perceive change over time.

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Verena Stefan’s just being

All night, Antouka had been thinking about death and dying. Fourteen years into cancer and some years into writing about...

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Caveman Cafe: In Serving the Community

Mark Elwin's profile of family owned businesses as they survive and thrive today in Vancouver, featuring Caveman Cafe's food donations...

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Solitary Dining

Creative photographer Cherry Archer documented her meals during 2020, enjoying solitary dining at its finest!

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soy chicken qingming

How Instagram and honouring ancestors through qingming come together over a plate of soy chicken in a cafe.

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Bonnie Says

Jackie Dives’ brilliant homage to living under the initial pandemic lock-down. In April 2020, many of us looked forward to...

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Mother Daughter Bake-Off

Our episodic cooking show, Jill and Lorna’s Kitchen, travels to exotic Finn Slough (outside Vancouver BC), home of Lady Justice...

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An Indigenous healthcare worker in Vancouver encounters systemic racism firsthand and tells us about her experience in Malpractice.

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Self-isolation Blancmange

What happens when your power goes out in a windstorm? You’re running out of ingredients, the pandemic strikes, yet you...

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The Bed

In 2015, my parents died and I inherited my great-great grandfather's mahogany four-poster bed. I began sleeping in it, dreaming...

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Want to Be (New Again)

In the past 4 years I have been through a process of unmasking, layer after layer, so many parts of...

My Global Warming

Living with Multiple Sclerosis has been a process of adapting to a changing environment in which some of my physical...

Noel at the Farm (detail) by artist Angela Walcott

The People’s Garden Project

Noel at the Farm, watercolour by Angela Walcott Toronto artist Angela Walcott presents her second geolocation project with Digital Stories...

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…one garden at a time

A special thanks to all of those who have walked the garden path with me. A grand nod to all...

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Imagine the 13 Labyrinths are portals to one another, making travel from one Vancouver neighbourhood to another a form of...

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Grace Chan shines a light on the situation of Asian seniors in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES). Her message is...

Til the Fat Lady Dances

This evocative dance was choreographed and performed by barbara findlay for All Bodies Dance during their HomeBodies covid series in...

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