9th Annual Hospice PEI Dancing with the Stars
Saturday, October 16, 2021
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 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. After spending time in the Mayor’s Office, Ronnie returned to the Provincial Government’s Environment, Energy and Climate Action Department to focus on creating more sustainable transportation options for Islanders.
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.
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
Cortney joins us from Scotiabank, where she has been for the last 4 years. She is used to being on her toes not only from her background dancing jazz, lyrical and hip-hop but also from being the single mother to her adorable 4-year-old son! Cortney sure does keep herself busy! It’s been 15 years since her prime dancing days, but Cortney is up for the challenge. Hopefully, it all comes back to her – like riding a bike!
Cortney was diagnosed with Epilepsy 17 years ago and has left temporal lobe grand mal seizures. She has always been an advocate for overcoming obstacles, even having her articles published by the Epilepsy Alliance of Canada about how she has been able to have a successful career with a disease that at times can be very debilitating. Hospice PEI’s Dancing With The Stars event is yet another opportunity for Cortney to set and achieve another personal goal for herself!
Having worked so closely with Hospice PEI through Scotiabank, Cortney has become an advocate for Hospice PEI and is honored to be a part of such a wonderful fundraiser. She is very excited for what is to come!
paired with Megan Connors from Dance Virtuosa
Cameron has been training as a powerlifter for 7 years, most recently competing in the 2019 Eastern Canadian Powerlifting Championship! He is currently looking forward to his first meet since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which will take place this June.
In 2018, Cameron began snow-shoe training, and after one practice, he won three gold medals at Regionals. This success landed him a spot on Team PEI for the National Special Olympic Games, where Cameron won Gold and Bronze medals in the 2020 games in Thunder Bay!
A man of many talents, Cameron is a model and has walked the runway at Atlantic Fashion Week in Halifax for two years in a row. On top of this, he has recently taken up mixed martial arts, and is an aspiring actor who will be pursuing acting opportunities once travel is safe to do once again.
Cameron is no newbie to dancing. In fact, he has been dancing for 7 years with Dance Virtuosa studying primarily hip hop, but also breakdance, ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap! Cameron even spent time studying at the School of Performing Arts at Holland College for one year, majoring in ballet and jazz. He is going to be a strong contender for Dancing With The Stars’ top prize and is ready to give the other dancers a run for their money.
When originally approached to join Hospice PEI’s Dancing With The Stars as a Star contestant, Cameron replied “Yes! Yes! Yes!” With his contagious energy, and many years’ experience dancing, we are excited he has agreed to join this year’s event!
paired with choreographer Ellen Velez
Kimberly is a Jill of all trades! Not only does she wear the hat of mother to 4, but she is also a Realtor at Royal LePage Prince Edward Realty, a Fashion Editor at PEI Living Magazine, and a personal stylist at Style Becomes Her!
Her passion for this beautiful Island she calls home makes her a shining star in Realty because she finds great joy in showing others the beauty of Prince Edward Island and working with buyers looking for their relaxing get-away, investment property, or that perfect place to call “home”.
As Fashion Editor for PEI Living Magazine she strives to promote our local retail fashion boutiques, inspiring women with fabulous local fashion while featuring amazing women doing great things here on our island. Since an early age, Kimberly has been passionate about fashion, learning to design and sew her own clothes at the age of 12 and acquiring a fashion scholarship. Focusing on pattern drafting and fit led her to coach women on how to find their proper fit. “We are not all off the rack, of course. We need to be the designers of our own style story”. Her ultimate goal is to empower women through fashion! Kimberly has never backed down from a challenge. Even when a tourism commercial shoot later meant her strapping into a harness for her first ever parasailing adventure. There is truly nothing she can’t do…except maybe golf… As for dance, she’s always had an admiration of dance but never pursued it herself. The only dance instruction she ever received was being thrown into the jive at frequent family kitchen parties. Lately she finds herself living through her kids as they flourish in hip hop dance classes. She’s excited about the chance to challenge herself once again. Let’s see if she can bring some “Style” to the dance floor!