Photographs of Cynthia by  Raya on Assignment

Photographs of Cynthia by Raya on Assignment

An award-winning visual storyteller and presenter, Cynthia Tokos sees the extraordinary in the lives of everyday people around her.

She began her career in politics, first working for a New York State Assemblyman and then as a policy analyst for Governor Howard Dean. Wanting a change, she became a bicycle tour leader for VBT, then started her own business focused on community building and marketing. In 2007 she moved to the Seacoast of New Hampshire where she further developed her storytelling skills, helping organizations show off the great work of their people.

Now she brings her skills to individuals: helping people see the beauty in their own, great lives.

She uses her talents in writing, photography and video (vignettes) as well as the art of listening and reflection to help people distill their life stories to their core essence.  She prepares the end result in a myriad of forms - from letters and photo books, to video or audio presentations - to showcase the beauty and meaning of each life.

Awards and Recognition -

  • National Endowment for the Arts "Creative Aging Program" for Artists / 2017

  • League of American Communications Professionals - Gold and Bronze Awards for Annual Reports / 2014 and 2016

  • University of Vermont's Marshall E. Dimock Award for Public Service / 1991

Education

  • (In Training) to become a Spiritual Director - St. Anthony's / Boston

  • Maine Media Workshop (Multi-Media Storytelling)

  • International Center of Photography

  • Workshops with Documentary Photographers John Miller and Harvey Stein

  • Avila Institute of Gerontology Spiritual Care Program

  • University of Vermont Master's of Public Administration

  • SUNY Binghamton - BA in Political Science

Workshops

  • "The Power of Story: A Day of Sharing Among Patients, Caregivers and Providers" / Harvard Medical School / 2018

  • "A Good Life, A Good Death / the Art of Life Stories - Portsmouth Public Library / 2018

  • "A Celebration of Your Gifts" / Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (CHIME) New England Retreat / 2018

  • "Forgiveness" / Avila Institute of Gerontology / 2017

  • "Celebration of Your Gifts to Hospice" / Beacon Hospice / 2017

  • "Life's Journey; Forgiveness and Healing" / NH Hospice and Palliative Care Association / 2017