9th Annual Hospice PEI Dancing with the Stars
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Please keep an eye on the Hospice PEI Facebook and Instagram pages as well as the Hospice PEI website for any updates on the status of Dancing With The Stars.
Tickets are $75 per ticket with a $35 dollar tax receipt. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or by calling Ellen at 902-368-4498.
This October Hospice PEI will host our 9th Annual Dancing with the Stars event at the Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown. In 2019 our Dancing with the Stars contestants raised over $55,000 to support Islanders and their families living with a life-limiting illness. Last year our Stars generously donated their time and energy, and the result was a breathtaking show enjoyed by all. We are so excited to see what this years batch of Stars will bring to the dance floor!
Hospice PEI Dancing with the Stars fundraising event is a fun filled night packed with music and dancing. PEI Stars are paired with local professional dancers to show us their best moves! Various genres of dance will be highlighted throughout the night with 2 awards being given out, Judge’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.
Judge’s Choice Award: Awarded to the dance pair who the judge’s decide was the best performance.
People’s Choice Award: Awarded to the dance pair who receive the most amount of “votes” from the public.
For each $1 donation you make to Hospice PEI, you receive 1 vote for your favorite dance pair.
Meet the Contestants
Peter Bevan Baker
Paired with Susan Lessard from Ballroom Barn
Peter grew up in the Highlands of Scotland whereas a wee boy back in the mists of time when he was more coordinated and less inflexible, he learned Scottish Country Dancing. None of that dancing heritage will be on display as he stumbles and staggers his way around the dance floor in 2020.
Aside from his illustrious dancing pedigree, Peter studied music, became a dentist, and finally in May 2015, after two and a half decades of political futility, he was elected as the first Green Party member of the PEI Provincial Legislature. He now leads the Official Opposition and occasionally dreams of dancing rhetorical rings around his fellow Legislators.
Peter is delighted to be a part of this year’s Dancing With The Stars and wishes to thank (and pre-emptively apologies to) his partner, Susan Lessard for whatever befalls us.
paired with Jack Lessard from Ballroom Barn
Melanie Taylor is a proud Mom of 3 daughters, 2 sons, and “Grammy” to 3 beautiful granddaughters. She is also the co-owner of Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River and the Communications Coordinator with the Early Childhood Development Association. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys trail running with her two Doodles, fitness classes, singing and playing guitar and enjoying life with friends and family. While the only formal dance lessons she ever had were in Highland Dance while growing up in Cape Breton, she learned to jive somewhere along the way and never misses a chance to get out on the dance floor.
However, those opportunities don’t come along often enough for a woman with so much music in her bones, so she’s very excited for this chance to dance with a formal instructor and learn some new moves, all while raising funds for a wonderful cause!
paired with Jordi Segers from DownStreet Dance Studio
You know that rare person that simply radiates energy and lifts spirits wherever they go? Say hello to Marsha Doiron. Everywhere she goes, Marsha emanates boundless positivity, makes genuine connections with people, and seeks to help them unleash their own extraordinariness.
As a trainer and consultant specializing in tourism, Marsha is passionately committed to helping operators reach new heights and adopt a mindset that will ensure long-term business success.
Obsessed (in a good way!) with tourism and creating exceptional customer experiences, Marsha has devoted her career to leadership roles in the hospitality and tourism industry. During the past three decades, she has led marketing, sales, and product development teams at several tourism-based companies and served on numerous tourism industry boards.
From 2012 to 2019, Marsha served as Vice President of Product Development and Marketing at Coach Atlantic Group/Prince Edward Tours. During this time she played a vital role in the growth of Prince Edward Tours thanks to her focus on enhancing the customer experience.
Naturally people-focused and dedicated to making every day better than the one before, Marsha applies her incredible drive and talents to every pursuit she undertakes. Through her new consulting firm, Level Up, Marsha’s mission with every client is to help them discover the untapped potential in themselves and their businesses.
Marsha holds a Masters in Business Administration and has taken many leadership courses, including the Dale Carnegie Program and Customer Experience Leadership Training with the Disney Institute.
When she’s not levelling up tourism businesses, Marsha loves spending time with her husband, Adam, and her three children. She and can often be found getting creative in the kitchen, boating with her family, spontaneous road trips or travelling the globe!
paired with Ellen Velez from Soul Play Studio
As owner and operator of SMARdi Marketing, I am thrilled to be leveraging my years of corporate experience in print, radio and digital media to bring digital marketing and design services to small and medium-sized businesses.
It is my mission and passion to offer sophisticated, professional and current digital marketing services to local businesses. With a firm hand on what will be effective for small businesses online, SMARdi Marketing is focused on helping you reach your goals through data-driven thoughtful strategies to employ SMART digital solutions that deliver results.
After years in the corporate world, I left my role as Senior Account Executive with Canada’s largest digital and newsprint media network, Postmedia, and returned to my roots! I relocated with an eagerness to serve the small business community in digital media and graphic design space. In April 2019 I opened SMARdi Marketing, a smart digital marketing agency for small businesses. SMARdi Marketing dials in on consumer buying behaviours and excels in finding new and creative digital strategies to propel businesses forward while ensuring industry trends and shifts are at the forefront in order to gain mass awareness, lead generation, and consumer acquisition.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews, my puppy Sam and trying to stay active with mountain bike and Crossfit.
paired with Lindsay Paynter from Aerial Warehouse
Brett grew up down the road and over the hills in the booming metropolis of Newton Road, surrounded by three supremely talented and theatrically-gifted sisters. Unfortunately, their artistic capabilities did not wear off on Brett and now, later in life, he looks to make his mark on this Island with his high-end dancing skills (or lack thereof)!
After living in Korea for a number of years upon completing his Kinesiology degree, Brett returned to his roots to enrol in the Bachelor of Education program at UPEI. Amidst Brett’s travels he found CrossFit and joined the cult with open arms (ha!). He was so invested in the sport that he opened CrossFit 782 in Charlottetown in the summer of 2014, and, most recently, 782 Athletics in Stratford in the summer of 2019.
With 782 Brett has had the opportunity to coach and work with people from all across the Island, such as Special Olympics PEI, Stars For Life PEI, and the Spinal Cord Society of PEI, as well as members of the public and aspiring athletes from various sports and backgrounds. His passion for helping those around him achieve their dreams by pushing them outside of their comfort zones has led him to take a dose of his own medicine — and hopefully not break a leg — by supporting Hospice PEI through Dancing with the Stars!
Although he may not be the quickest to pick up new tricks, Brett looks forward to learning plenty of new dance moves from his partner Lyndsey Paynter, and plenty about himself along this new journey. He hopes to dazzle you with these new moves, and encourages you to support this fantastic event!
paired with Juliette Roberts from Roberts Academy of Dance
Ronnie’s dancing career started when he proudly led his Grade 7 class from Birchwood Intermediate to the finals of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Lip Sync Challenge with their rendition of the YMCA. He returned to the big stage in Grade 8 with Thriller and in Grade 9 with Vogue. Unfortunately, these performances didn’t garner the first place win Ronnie so desperately wanted. He took several years off from the spotlight but made a remarkable return to the stage in 2011, his senior year at Colonel Gray High School, where he performed in his high school musical.
Ronnie was born and raised in Charlottetown. He became a proud Alumni of UPEI in 2018 when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Administration. He started his career in the public service in 2014 as a Legislative Assistant and then served as a Cabinet Liaison until 2018. He made the move to New Brunswick where he worked in the Premier’s Office before moving home. He currently serves as the Community Liaison Officer for the City of Charlottetown where he spends his days working to make Charlottetown a better place alongside Mayor Philip Brown, members of City Council, city staff and the public.
Ronnie is keen to make his return to the stage and finally getting that first-place finish that has eluded him his entire life, while supporting all the great work Hospice does for Islanders.
Ellen Davies Ward
paired with Jack Lessard from Ballroom Barn
Ellen’s first introduction to Hospice PEI was when her mother, Eleanor, became a volunteer during Hospice PEI’s inaugural year 35 years ago. Eleanor is still volunteering with the organization today. Ellen started working with Hospice PEI over 20 years ago in her first role as Admin Assistant. From there, she has held the position of Executive Director, returning to Admin Assistant, and is currently the Queens Coordinator of Volunteers.
In November 2019, Ellen’s own family required the support of Hospice PEI with the passing of her father, Tom. The sadness of this experience was tempered by the incredible support that Hospice PEI volunteers provided. Ellen saw first-hand the significant impact that the care and support volunteers provide can have on individual lives, both before death and during the grieving process.
Ellen and her family are true Islanders’ at heart. While she grew up in East Royalty and Sherwood, Ellen now calls Stratford home with her husband Davis. Between them, they have 3 adult sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 1 granddaughter.
paired with choreographer Joe Dames
Stephanie is an Island girl through and through, she loves PEI with every ounce of her being. This is apparent through her social media channels as The Redhead Roamer. Stephanie is always on the go showing off this beautiful Island to Islanders and visitors alike. When’s she’s not exploring PEI she works as a dialysis nurse where she provides care and lots of laughs to her patients.
Growing up Stephanie was not a sporty kid. She just loved to dance. Stephanie took ballet, jazz, highland, and step dancing lessons. As she got older she noticed that there were far less opportunities to dance for adults and she missed it. It wasn’t until she was backpacking South America that she got her chance to dance again. While in Cali, Columbia, the salsa capital of the world, she took private salsa lessons and reignited her love for dance.
She is so excited to be a part of this years Dancing With The Stars for many reasons. One, for an excuse to dance! Two, as an opportunity to give back to the community and raise awareness for this amazing organization. And three, to learn new moves from the amazingly talented Joe Dames.
paired with choreographer Dawson MacIsaac
Chef Ilona Daniel is the director of her Charlottetown-based hospitality and food service consulting firm, Tribe Fresh. She has worked with several small, mid and large sized local, interprovincial and international businesses to help grow their business as well as develop their brands. Chef Ilona Daniel’s passion has been creating recipes and culinary experiences and spaces that dance across the palate of everyone that she feeds.
Chef Ilona’s business also works to execute special events hosting ambassadors and royalty from across the globe. She also works as a brand ambassador and consultant for restaurants, food manufacturers and multi-national companies to market their operations via various social media channels.
Ilona is also a dedicated Culinary and Hospitality Instructor at the Culinary Institute of Canada, a Feature Food Writer for The Guardian, a regular contributor to CBC Radio, as well as a freelance writer. Her work has been featured in EDIT Magazine, Saltscapes Magazine, Chatelaine, Harrowsmith, The Globe and Mail, and East Coast Living Magazine.
Chef Ilona has appeared on several television programs including The Marilyn Denis Show, Breakfast Television Toronto, FOX UK, as well as programs on VICE TV and APTN. The Untamed Gourmet episode, “PEI Lobster”, hosted by Chef Ilona was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award.
Chef Ilona is a total newbie to the world of dance other than her quirky solo kitchen dancing! She’s dancing in Hospice PEI’s Dancing With The Stars for her mom who passed away 3 years ago. Ilona knows her mom would want her to do something for the sheer fun of it while helping an important cause. She’s eager to learn more about herself as well as some sweet moves from her dance pro, Dawson!