About me

Hi, my name is Fiona Keats. My friends call me Fionsy.

I love being creative, building community and making dolls. 

Since 2002 I’ve been using creativity to bring people together, especially through my work running local service-based community organizations here in Montreal.

In my role as executive director of the NDG Food Depot I used creativity to re-imagine the physical environment, transforming it into a vibrant space that promotes people's health, happiness, and wellbeing.  

 NDG Food Depot in the early days

NDG Food Depot in the early days

 NDG Food Depot after Fionsy

NDG Food Depot after Fionsy

I also love using creativity to create temporary spaces that bring people together. In 2009 I produced the first Thriller Zombie Dance, which united folks to dance through the streets of NDG to raise awareness of hunger.  Eight years later the zombie dance is still going strong and the NDG Food Depot continues to flourish as I dreamed it would.

Creativity strengthens the connection between people and the places we share.

In 2009 my roommate Shannon, who was studying art therapy, taught me how to make these quirky little dolls using pipe cleaners and old clothes. I loved the way I felt when I made that first doll and have been making them ever since.

In 2010 I led my first Community Doll Making activity on the front lawn of my home at the annual Belgrave Block Party. It was an instant hit, turning strangers into friends and quickly evolving into monthly doll-making parties in my home.

Fionsy Doll Party was born!

 Community doll-making at the Belgrave Block Party

Community doll-making at the Belgrave Block Party

 Doll-making parties at home

Doll-making parties at home

I want to share the magic of doll-making with you!

Do you want to have a Doll Party?  

I promise you lots of laughter, fun and discovery.  

I can't wait to guide you and your friends, or your kids and their friends on a whimsical and quirky doll-making adventure.

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 Taken at the NDG ART WALK &amp; Montreal Art HIves gathering in August 2018

Taken at the NDG ART WALK & Montreal Art HIves gathering in August 2018

A short clip of the Fionsy Doll Dance Party / Limbo Contest held at the 10th Annual Belgrave Block Party in NDG.