BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andy Barrie HONORARY CHAIR
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Andy Barrie is a 25 year veteran of radio and broadcasting. In 2007 Andy learned he had Parkinson's disease and a year later, thanks to Dancing with Parkinson's, learned how to do the tango.

"When I'm dancing I'm completely unaware of the limitations of Parkinson's."--Andy

"Parkinson's is not a pleasure trip," he continues. "So it's nice to be involved in something as a result of the disease that is fun. [Dancing] loosens you up in your body and in your brain. You can get tight in both places."--Andy

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Tess McLean 
CO-CHAIR

Tess McLean is foremost a supporter and lover of the arts. She is also a communications specialist with over twenty years’ experience in helping organizations successfully plan and deliver effective communications strategies. In the corporate consulting environment, the public sector, and with not for profits, Tess works with all levels to ensure key messages are shared and vital information is understood.

From the boardrooms of Bay Street to artist co-operatives – everyone has a story to tell. Tess has had the privilege of assisting organizations find their voice over the roar of 21st century challenges. She is passionate about arts organizations that are innovative and committed to making art accessible to all. Tess is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and continues to feed her creative soul through the adult ballet program at NBS. She currently serves as NBS’ Alumni Relations and Donor Communications Officer.

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Rachel Gray 
CO-CHAIR

Rachel Gray is the Operations Director at the Global Alliance for the Future. Previously, Rachel was the Executive Director of The Stop Community Food Centre, and worked nationally and locally with homeless youth, first developing and managing Eva's Phoenix, and then as Director of Eva's National Program, facilitating national knowledge sharing initiatives and research projects, and supporting the establishment of a national, partnership based response to youth homelessness. She worked for the Ontario Government as a special assistant to the Minister of Health. Rachel is the Chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council and a member of the Board of Directors for Dancing with Parkinson's.

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Dr. Jackie Bender
DIRECTOR

Dr. Bender, in addition to DWP Director, leads our Research Committee. She is a Scientist at the ELLICSR Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Centre in the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bender's father, John Bender (also known as Dancing Johnny), has had Parkinson's Disease since 2004.

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Lorraine Kalia 
DIRECTOR

Lorraine Kalia MD, PhD, FRCPC, Director of DWP's Research Committee graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School followed by a brief professional ballet career as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Canada and a corps de ballet member with the National Ballet of Portugal. She then pursued academic training to become a clinician scientist, obtaining a BSc (Biology) at Queen’s University, MD/PhD (Neuroscience) at University of Toronto, FRCPC (Neurology) at University of Toronto, postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, and movement disorders fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital. Currently, Lorraine is an associate professor in the Division of Neurology, University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network. She is a movement disorders neurologist at the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's Disease and the Morton and Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. Her clinical work and research program focus on improving our understanding and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. She is an inaugural recipient of the Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished National Ballet School Alumni.

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Bob Davis
DIRECTOR

Robert Davis is a professional facilitator, having worked in the public sector for almost 25 years. With a degree in Urban Studies/Sociology, with a minor in music, from York University, Robert feels privileged to have applied most of that degree to his working life. Robert played string bass in a number of amateur orchestras in the Toronto area for 40 years, until the onset of Parkinson's Disease. Robert's hobbies have included music recording and production, photography (he is also a graduate of Sheridan College Photography) and video production - some of which are used as part of his volunteer activities. Since 1999, Robert has sat on the board of the Aradia Ensemble, a Toronto-based professional period baroque orchestra. Robert lives in Toronto with his wife Cheryl, his daughter Chloë,  and Dr. Tofu the rabbit. 

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Robinson Fawcett
DIRECTOR
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Alexandra Robinson Fawcett is a classically trained dancer and graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow Russia. She went on to dance with ballet companies in Europe and Canada, and also performed in musical theatre and in film and television. After retiring from performing, Alexandra went on to work as Event Coordinator for Toronto’s Distillery Historic District.
After several years at the DHD Alexandra opened her own event planning company, Alexandra Fawcett Events, and has planned and executed weddings, b'nai mitzvahs, and corporate events at venues in Toronto and Cottage Country, including Evergreen Brickworks, Malaparte, and the Royal Ontario Museum, to name a few.
Alexandra continues to practice her love of dancing through ballet classes and through her involvement with this wonderful organization, where she can help seniors discover their own love of dancing and movement.

Shealyn Clare-Bradshaw
DIRECTOR
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Shealyn Clare-Bradshaw completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph & received additional certificates in Human Resources Management and Adult Education.  Shealyn is the Director of Advisory-Coaching at McLean & Company. She oversees the design and development of McLean & Company’s Leadership Development Coaching programs, as well as delivers authentic and effective leadership experiences through facilitating McLeans leadership development programs.

 

Shealyn has been involved in fundraising and raising awareness about Parkinson’s Disease since her mother Kathryn was diagnosed in 2012. She has previously worked to raise funds and organise events supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Shealyn loves to travel, has a strong appreciation for Art, Interior Design and a great fiction novel. She lives in Toronto with her husband Jon and their two cats Poppie and Norrie.