Performance with Cathie Borrie, accompanied by Jesse Award winning actor Patti Allan, and prinicple cellist of The Vancouver Symphony, Ariel Barnes, Vancouver, BC.
“THE LONG HELLO”
An inspirational speaker, Cathie demonstrates how she transformed the personal challenge of being a care partner to her mother (who was living with dementia), into a fulfilling personal journey, and how lessons in adversity can make a positive impact on one’s life. Audiences will be able to “swap in” whatever disease or challenge they may be dealing with in an ailing parent, and take away the same lessons.
As ROSALIND CARTER said, “There are only 4 kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” This subject applies to a wide and diverse audience.
Cathie’s performances, based largely on conversations Cathie had with her mother who had dementia, reveals unexpected transformations that were insightful, humorous, and astonishingly poetic. Challenging stigma and stereotypes about general cognitive changes dues to disease or trauma, this uplifting and deeply loving portrait is performed as a theatrical reading, sometimes including musicians.
CATHIE BORRIE is an outstanding public speaker and performer and is available to speak at your event.
Performances are available in a number of formats including keynotes with musicians, presentations with Q & A, and interviews, which can be adapted to suit any audience interested in a perspective that honours those caring for loved ones with chronic illnesses, and in particular carers of people with dementia. They are appropriate for any audience member (including those with dementia), interested in how to navigate any caregiving experiences with honour, respect, openness and love.
Cathie began her presentations of The Long Hello as workshops in 2004 then moved into conference presentations in 2005, and has a substantial public speaking history in both the private and non-profit sector that spans over three decades. More recently, performances have included the participation of an award-winning actor, musician, a gospel chorale, and incorporated dance, song, and film. The Long Hello performances give their audiences, in a loving, sacred, and enriching form, a means of honoring the mysteries of the mind and serve as proof that love, listening, and music can provide a reverential canvas for the limitless potential of the enduring human spirit.
To schedule a performance in CANADA, please contact:
Rita Silva, Publicist
Simon & Schuster Canada
166 King Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1J3
PH: 647-427-6992 FX: 647-430-9446
To Schedule a performance in the U.S.A., please contact:
Brianna Scharfenberg, Associate Publicist
307 W 36th Street, 11th Floor | New York, NY 10018
(212) 643-6816 x271
STAGE ADAPTATION of The Long Hello
Cathie Borrie and James Fagan Tait have adapted The Long Hello for the stage. It is a two-person, one act play, currently under consideration by theatres in Canada and the USA.
Marilyn Biderman Literary Management
Cathie was on sabbatical from all performances during 2014 during the time The Long Hello was being prepared for release on January 6th, 2015.
The Long Hello Interview with Johnny Tan, Blog Talk Radio host.
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Keynote speaker, Amica’s National Annual Directors of Care Conference, Ontario. Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. is known as Canada’s most innovative operator of seniors’ retirement residences.
Interview with ECare Diary Caregiver discussing The Long Hello. Radio Show~ “Out of Memory Loss Comes the Unforgettable.” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ecarediary
Featured writing, The Canadian Virtual Hospice ~ excerpts from The Long Hello
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.
Video Link~ Alzheimer’s Speaks, (Lori La Bey), the number one online influence for topics related to Alzheimer’s disease, has posted a link to a video The Long Hello was featured in- “Do You Know Me Now.” This video looks at three lives altered by memory loss and Alzheimer’s. http://bit.ly/ZHfVqq
Accepted poems, new work – Contemporary Literary Horizon Magazine accepts 3 of my poems for their special Argentina-Canadian issue. An independent, bilingual and multicultural magazine of contemporary culture and spirituality. http://contemporaryhorizon.blogspot.ca/
Keynote performance, Tapestry Foundation for Health Care ~ Dialogue on Aging Conference, Vancouver, A Theatrical Reading with Musical Accompaniment performed by Cathie Borrie (reader, Artistic Director), Patti Allan (reader, Award-winning actor), and Ariel Barnes (Principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony and The Vancouver opera).
Book Club presentation, Deep Cove, North Vancouver
Reading, The Cottage Bistro, Vancouver. http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/events/2013/03/tws-reading-series-mar-7.html
Book Club presentation, East Vancouver
Guest Speaker, The BC History of Nursing Society High Tea Fundraiser, Hycroft Mansion, Vancouver.
Interview, Triumphing over the Isolation of Alzheimer’s International Telesummit.
Telesummit leader and interviewer: Ina Gilmore, M.D. “Nurturing and Supporting caregivers.
Interview with Conversations In Care, Blog Talk Radio Tami Neumann. http://bit.ly/1rhC0DD
Interview on SHAW TV with Fanny Kiefer, named one of the twenty-five most influential Canadian women by Chatelaine magazine.
It Wasn’t Crazy Until You Got Here! Finding Humor, Hope, and Meaning in the Alzheimer’s Experience. St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church Fundraiser for seniors. ~A Theatrical Reading with Musical Accompaniment. Patti Allan, Vancouver award-winning actor and educator, read the voice of Joan Borrie (Cathie’s mother), and Cathie (Artistic director), reads her own voice. With Ariel Barnes, principle cellist for The Vancouver Opera and Vancouver Symphony, and The Marcus Mosely Gospel Chorale opened and closed for us.
Book Club presentation, Langley, B.C.
Guest Speaker, Sunrise Senior Living – Open House for The Memory Care Program
Article on The Long Hello ~ Huffington Post http://huff.to/PLNNYR
Online Interview with Susan L de Wardt, (co-editor, Writing and Poetry Therapy, All Things Healing~ A community for Healing Mind-Body-Spirit-Planet) showcases The Long Hello. http://www.allthingshealing.com/search.php#.VEbX2b64mCc
Video Interview, The Long Hello. Canadian author, Cathie Borrie, (The Long Hello) speaks with Cognitive Dynamics President, Dr. Daniel Potts, about discovering her mother’s poetic voice expressed in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease.
Guest Speaker. Vitality of Aging 50+ Lifestyle Series, North Vancouver, BC
Guest speaker, The Kimberley Arts Centre, B.C. Library Fundraiser.
Speaker, Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba Annual Conference. Performance: Mind & Memory: You say Goodbye, I Say Hello. With actor Patti Allan, & cellist Emma Quackenbush.
Book Club presentation, The Lions Bay “Friends Through Fiction” Book Club.
Blog Post, by Dr. Daniel Pott’s, President of Cognitive Dynamics. “The Privilege of Caregiving,” a new blog post on MariaShriver.com by Cognitive Dynamics President Daniel C. Potts, M.D. Highlighting the caregiving stories of two Canadians, Cathie Borrie, RN, BSN, MPH, JD, and James Houston, MA, BSc, DPhil. http://mariashriver.com/blog/2012/05/privilege-of-caregiving
Conversation about The Long Hello with Lori Le Bay from Alzheimer’s Speaks. http://bit.ly/1tgzqlP
Performance, Alzheimer’s – You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. The BC History of Nursing Fundraiser. Accompanied by Patti Allan, actor.
Speaker, The Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books, book club and Reading.
Speaker, Vitality of Aging 50+ Lifestyle Series, West Vancouver, BC
Radio Interview, CISL 650AM of The Long Hello.
QMFM Radio Show Book Club features Book features The Long Hello.
Featured Writing, Simon Fraser University, The Writer’s Studio. Tea & Talk: A Memoir Workshop.
Interview, Venture Galleries Blog for Readers & Writers, with Steve Woodwin. http://bit.ly/1s9uSIM
Author of the Month on Polka Dot Banner. http://womensmemoirs.com/memoir-scrapbooking/memoir-writing-contest-winners-fathers-day-and-stories-of-june/comment-page-1/#comment-7115
Book Club presentation, St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church Book Club. Vancouver.
Interview, a conversation with Dr. Health on KHNR. http://doctorhealthradio.com/
Interview, Dr. Frager’s weekly Radio Show, The Long Hello.
Winner, Memoir Writing Contest for “Take Your Marks”. http://bit.ly/1DBAV1j
Seattle Book Club, by Skype.
Performance, The Dunbar Public Library, with selected works from The Long Hello, with text, voice, and cello. ( With Cathie Borrie, Patti Allen (actor), and Evan Lamberton on cello).
Keynote Speaker, St. Michaels’ Hospital, Toronto. The Long Hello.
CBC radio, North by Northwest Interview with Sheryl MacKay.
Speaker, Community Care Group. Selected works from The Long Hello, performed with text, voice and cello, (Cathie Borrie, Patti Allan, Evan Lamberton). The Ferry Building, North Vancouver.
Panel member, The North Shore Family Caregiver Support’s presentation of I’m Still Here.
MoMA Invited participant, Imagination and the Changing Mind in NYC as part of Mapping Perceptions: The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project Summit, a daylong symposium exploring the intersections of art, dementia, and learning.
Interview with Issues With.com, a groundbreaking health and wellness solutions company with a passionate focus on helping elderly loved ones thrive safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible.
Speaker, You say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Alzheimer’s Disease International Keynote Speaker at A Changing Melody.
Book Club – Blog Talk Radio Book Club, The Long Hello – with Denise Brown from caregiver.com http://www.blogtalkradio.com/caregiving/2011/03/31/book-club
Interview, Ballroom Dancing & The Dance of Dementia WebTalk with Jerry Teplitz, Healthy Alternatives~. http://webtalkradio.net/?s=cathie+borrie&task=search
Interview, Lou-Ellen Barkan of The Alzheimer’s Association (NYC Chapter) The Long Hello, for their quarterly newsletter. http://www.alznyc.org/nyc/newsletter/winter2011/20.asp
Interview, eCareDiary. The Long Hello. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO5D0bo9Sv8
Book Signing, @ SFU Bookstore, Harbour Centre.
Book Signing and reading, at nognz brain fitness store, West Vancouver.
Interview, Blog Talk Radio. The Long Hello, Blog talk Radio 1320.
Self-published Book(s) Launch, Fishworks Restaurant. Hosted by 32 Books and Gallery.
Reader, The Writer’s Studio Reading Series, Take 5 Café, Vancouver
Keynote Speaker, The Long Hello of Alzheimer’s. The Canadian Seniors Mental Health Coalition Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Keynote performance, You Say Goodbye and I say Hello. MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), New York City. World Alzheimer’s Day.
Selected Writing excerpts from The Long Hello, for The Fisher Center For Alzheimer’s Research Foundation site. http://bit.ly/bbvKEo
Interview, The Long Hello. Women on The Move Blog Talk Radio:
Radio show interview, The Long Hello. Turn of the Page Show – WPCR PortClintoradio.com with Joan Bryden, Program Director and on/air Personality.
Speaker, The Long Hello of Alzheimer’s. School of social work, University of British Columbia Colloquium Series: Bringing Research to Life.
Speaker, The Long Hello of Alzheimer’s Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. 25th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Contributing Artist ~ A Book About Death, An Unbound Book About Death.
The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City. ABAD is now part of the MoMA collection and is being shown at various locations around the U.S.
Guest Speaker, The Long Hello of Alzheimer’s. The Murray Alzheimer’s Research & Education Program. University of Waterloo
Writing Memoir and Grief Recovery. The Inaugural Wellness and Writing Connections Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Speaker & Workshop Leader
Mourning Into Dance ~ Writing as a Means of Knowing, Understanding, and Healing. Alzheimer’s Association, USA. Dementia Care Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.
Speaker & Workshop Leader
Mourning Into Dance: Writing as a Means of Knowing, Understanding, Healing. B.C. Hospice Palliative Care Association. Vancouver.
Mourning Into Dance. The Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Invited Panel presenter on “Writing for the Health of It.” Austin, Texas.
A Time To Mourn and a Time to Dance. American Society on Aging & National Council on the Aging Joint Conference. Anaheim.
Mourning Into Dance. The Society For The Arts in Health Care Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois. April.
The Beautiful Mind inside Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance. Regina. The Alzheimer’s Society Of Canada 2005 Annual Conference
The Beautiful Mind inside Alzheimer’s and Dementia: A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance.
The Alzheimer’s Association (U.S.) Annual Dementia Care Conference, Chicago.
Alzheimer’s: Creative Care Giving Strategies for Survival, Growth, and Beauty. Presented in Workshops scheduled throughout the North & West Vancouver School District Community Learning Program.
Literary Readings & Open Mic
Canada, 2005 – Current
- The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival (SFU graduating class reading)
- Cottage Bistro
- Take 5 Café
- The Luminous Word Literary Salon
- 32 Books & Gallery
- The Bellevue Wine Store
- Spartacus Book Store
- Milieu Salon
- SFU Alumni Exchange
New York City, 2008-2010
- Open Mic, The Society for The Arts in Health Care Annual Conference
- The Literary Writers Conference. NYU (Winner, open Mic Competition)
- The Cornelia Café Open Mic reading
- NYC Open Mic Joint @ One and One’s Nexus Lounge in the East Village