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Richmond Community Hospice Foundation presents Dancing with the Richmond Stars. Join us Saturday March 5, 2016, at the River Rock Show Theatre 8811 River Road, Richmond, BC, for an elegant evening of dinner and dance in support of hospice. Doors open at 6 pm.

This event pairs local celebrities with Richmond's best ballroom dancers -- both professional and amateur. This semi-formal evening consists of dinner, dance competition, judge's comments, returning champions showcase, a dance showcase and dancing for all to cap off the evening.

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Our Celebrities


AdrianAdrian Thomas

Adrian Thomas is a transplanted Englishman who arrived in British Columbia in 1977. He initially made his home in Richmond.

In 1982/83 a small group formed a company named the Great Canadian Supply Company which was later known as Great Canadian Casinos. Adrian was the operational founder of the company and he trained all the early staff for the casinos. He instituted all the standards and procedures for the company which were unanimously adopted by the fledgling industry as well as government departments who regulated the industry.

Adrian retired as President of the company in 2003 but remained on the Board of Directors until late 2011.

He also created and ran the Canadian Gaming Institute, the only internationally recognized gaming school in Canada. The Institute operated for 23 years until Adrian's retirement.

When he was asked what his biggest achievement was during his tenure, Adrian replied "the thousands of jobs created within the company and industry over the years".

After being sidelined last year due to an injury, Adrian is looking forward to dancing in such a wonderful event in support of the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation.

Adrian is dancing with Faye Hung

Under "Fund/Designation" select Adrian.


ColinCarol Day

Carol was elected to Richmond City Council in 2015, taking on every new challenge and opportunity with energy, passion and commitment.

Carol has been a Richmond School Trustee, Community Activist and advocate for Richmond for over 20 years. She has owned a Sign Business since 1977.

She is a mother of three children and the daughter of Danish Immigrants. With her husband Jim's support, she has been able to dedicate much of her time to saving the Garden City lands, working for sensible developments and opposing the Jet Fuel project for the Fraser River.

Carol is thrilled for a chance to support the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation. This event showcases all that is special about Richmond with people helping people and Carol hopes you will support this foundation and watch as all the contestants dance with the real stars, the teachers!

Carol Day is dancing with David Marasigan.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Carol.


JanDunia Tozy

Dunia emigrated with her family from Baghdad, Iraq to Richmond, BC in the late 90s. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from UBC and a Broadcast Journalism degree from BCIT.

She has been working with Shaw TV as a host and reporter for about 7 years. Dunia started out on Vancouver Island then moved to Vancouver. She is currently part of the "go!' Lifestyle Magazine Show" team airing on channel 4 where she enjoys telling local stories about arts, culture, people, and places.
She was also the host & producer of the Leo Award nominated show "Open Doors" which featured stories for and about new comers to Canada. She has interviewed numerous celebrities and personalities. Earlier this year she was also nominated for the Canadian top 25 Immigrant Award.

Dunia has volunteered at the UBC Hospital, BC Children's Hospital and with the local Doctors without Borders (MSF) chapter in Vancouver. She has also worked with international students as an Instructor at UBC's continuing studies. In 2002 she was one of 12 young Canadians who represented Canada in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) program. Finally, in 2010 she had the honour of working as a reporter for the Olympic News Service at the Olympic Oval in Richmond.

In addition to her work at Shaw she is also the co-owner of 'Love 2 Media', a local photography & cinematography company and teaches social media and videography classes at a local community centre.
When not at work she enjoys spending time with family, crafting, traveling and learning new languages.

Dunia is very excited about the opportunity to dance and to raise funds for the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation since it's such a great cause and she's a huge dance fan!

Dunia is dancing with Andy Wong.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Dunia.


KayeFreddie Klomp

Freddie was born and has lived all his life in Richmond. When he was growing up he participated in many sports, lacrosse and hockey being his main ones.

He graduated from R.A Mcmath Secondary in 2003.

After school, he traveled all over Australia with his friends, competing in dance dance revolution tournaments. Upon returning to Richmond he wanted to pursue his long-time dream of following in his father's footsteps by becoming a firefighter.

Freddie was hired as a firefighter by the Richmond Fire Department in 2011 and has just recently entered his 5th year with the department. During this time he's been volunteering closely with the Richmond Charitable Society which is made up of firefighters from union local 1286. He has been part of Fundraising, shake n' the boot, for several local charities from around the lower mainland.

Freddie married his high school sweet heart Brianne last year. He says has completed his first year of marriage with great success.

Freddie is really honoured and excited to be asked to compete in this amazing fundraiser and hopes to show people he's more than just a firefighter.

Freddie is dancing with Clara Marasigan.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Freddie.


MicheleMichele Nielsen

Michele was born and raised in Richmond. She graduated from McGill Dental School in 2001 and started working in 2002 as a Dentist along side her father. Michele now owns Steveston Smiles dental clinic. She lives in the Steveston area of Richmond with her husband and 2 kids.

Dr. Michele loves changing her clients' minds about visiting the dental office by creating a relaxed, family environment where her clients feel empowered and in control of their dental experience. She often sees people at their most vulnerable and thrives on connecting with her clients and creating a comfortable space for open communication.

In 2013 Michele was diagnosed with a rare type of eye cancer and became a patient herself. She came face-to-face with the fears and uncertainty of being diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness.

She knew immediately after hearing about the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation "Dancing with the Richmond Stars" (DWTRS) that she wanted to participate. Not only does she get to raise money for The Richmond Community Hospice Foundation but also fulfills a bucket list dream of ballroom dancing.

Last year Michele was the event's double winner, taking home both the people's choice award for fundraising the most money as well as the judge's award for best dance. Participating in DWTRS rekindled Michele's love for dance and she has has continued to dance after the event with her partner David Marasigan as her teacher. Michele is looking forward to returning to the dance floor this year for the winner's showcase.

Returning champion Michele is dancing with David Marasigan.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Michele.


MicheleScott Livingstone

Scott hails from the deep dark jungles of Australia. He immigrated to North America soon after completing university. He toiled in the IT industry for a decade before completely renovating his career and re-emerging in the health and wellness field. Scott's passion for helping people evolved into a neuro-acupuncture practice, Steveston Acupuncture, which he owns.

He is married with 2 young sons.
Scott is an active member of the Steveston Rotary Club. He can also be seen as the colourful mascot "Quackers" at the annual Rubber Duck Race. He believes that obliterating the status quo is an important part of cracking the typical conventions of life, and supporting and connecting with the community is essential for the success of it.

Scott is thrilled to support the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation and hopes to have a lot of fun doing it.

Scott is dancing with Anca Oala.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Scott.


RobertSylvia Mahal

Sylvia is a Vancouverite who graduated from King Edward High School. She has been residing in Richmond since the 1970's. She has 3 children who live from New York to Victoria. She grew up surrounded by films, music, nightclubs and tennis.

Sylvia has worked in a variety of fields including banking, fragrances, movies, Ministry of Health, Alcohol and Drug Commission and as an entrepreneur. Her present career is in Real Estate. She is a member of the Steveston Rotary and Interline Clubs and has volunteered at Hospitals, Schools, Covenant House, Station Stretch and SOS.

In recent years, Sylvia has had the opportunity for adventure in travel to places she thought beyond dreams – Base Camp Mount Everest, The Roof of the World, Tibet, China, Nepal, and Europe. This year she went to Cambodia and Vietnam. When she travels she enjoys learning different cultures, meeting people and making friends from around the world.

Sylvia says "there is nothing like music, I can't live without it".

Sylvia is excited and honored to be part of the fund raising team for Hospice.

Let's dance, Sylvia loves to jive.

Sylvia is dancing with William Wu.

Under "Fund/Designation" select Sylvia.


If you are interested in attaching your name as a sponsor to this exciting event please contact
Pat Miller at 604-279-7141.

All funds raised support our Hospice Palliative and Bereavement Volunteer Programs and Services.


Thank you for your support!


Ballroom Dancers

Anca Oala
Anca Oala’s passion for dance began at the age of 10. She started with hip hop then lyrical and finally started ballroom dancing at age 14.
She has been training in ballroom dancing for 10 years which has allowed her to reach her full potential and has given her the ability to inspire the students she now teaches.
Anca has trained and competed in dance competitions in England, the United States and Canada. She now passes on her knowledge to her students and enjoys watching them succeed.
Anca is ecstatic to take part in the Dancing with the Richmond Stars event this year and is pleased to be able to support the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation.

Andy Wong
Andy is the former owner and principal dance instructor at The Grand Ballroom. He and his wife, Wendy operated The Grand Ballroom in Richmond from 1994 to 2013 and during this time they taught over 18,000 students.

Andy is a five time National Championship Adjudicator and 13 time BC Amateur Champion. Andy and Wendy are renowned and nationally recognized as pioneers and leaders for their immense contributions to the dance community and dance profession in Canada.

The success story of their studio and the international dancesport competition, The Grand Ball that they hosted for 20 years is both inspirational and legendary.

This will be Andy's 5th year as a participant of "Dancing with the Richmond Stars" event and he is as proud and as excited as he was the first time in 2012.

Clara Shih Marasigan
Clara Shih Marasigan is part of a husband and wife team who run JC Dance Co. (www.jcdanceco.com), one of the leading ballroom dance companies in the Greater Vancouver Area.  Clara is passionate about dancing and about spreading the love of dance in any and every way possible. Her goal is to inspire people to discover the true essence of ballroom dancing and to help people lead healthy and balanced lifestyles through dance.

During their competitive career, Clara and her husband Joel, were multiple time undefeated BC Standard champions and placed second in Canada (one of the highest rankings ever from a BC couple).  They did extensive training in England and Italy with the Worlds’ best teachers and participated in competitions all over the world. After traveling and competing internationally around the globe, Clara and Joel settled back in Vancouver in 2006 to start their teaching careers and to start a family.

Now, 10 years later, Clara is the mother of two adorable little girls and director and co-founder of JC Dance Co. JC Dance Co., specializes in exclusive private lessons with singles, couples and small groups; wedding dance choreography; and dance show entertainment.  
Clara is very excited about participating in this year’s Dancing with the Richmond Stars and proud to be able to support such a worthy cause as the Richmond Community Hospice Foundation.

David Marasigan

David has been a professional ballroom dance instructor and competitor for the past 16 years, with highlights including an undefeated local season in 2012.

He is an active member of the BC dance community and is the organizer of the Vancouver Challenge Cup, one of the highlight events in the BC dance calendar.
David instructs private and group dance classes in both Vancouver and North Vancouver all year round.

Outside of the ballroom you can find him working on his professional photography and videography. You can also find him carving up the local mountains on his skis, or kicking back with his friends for sushi.

Faye Hung

Faye decided to retire from her athletic career to become a full time coach and dance instructor after winning the Bronze Medal at the World Dancesport Federation World Championships in 2014.
She returned to Vancouver after 11 years of dance training in Italy.

Faye is excited to be part of the renowned teaching staff at the Crystal Ballroom. She looks forward to promoting dancesport as a healthy lifestyle and to creating new champions of tomorrow.

William Wu

William started dancing when he was 20 years old. He began at a dance club at UBC because he thought it would be a unique way to make friends and become less awkward.

He enjoyed collegiate dancing so much that he co-founded and chaired a dance club at SFU while he studied Business Administration.

He juggled running a dance club in its infancy, working part time, his own competitive dance career and his university studies. At the same time he was the team captain of the Ballroom Dancesport Formation team at UBC and was elected by his peers for three consecutive years.

William has lived in Europe where he studied dancing in Germany, Slovenia and Denmark. He still cross trains in ballet and jazz.

A member of William's family is currently recovering from an illness and, as a result, William is now more aware of the care and attention patients need.
He is honoured to be asked to participate in this worthy cause. He hopes you will enjoy the performances,


Judges

• Don Dixon
• Linda Reid
• Ruby and Cruise


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