Press Release 2023

The 2023 Dancing with the Shuswap Stars party is going to shine even more brightly this fall with a new line-up of community-minded dancers willing to perform a dance routine on behalf of the Shuswap Hospice Society.

Previously always held on a Friday night, organizers have managed to secure Saturday, November 18 as the date for the 2023 show. The evening’s program will be similar to the Dancing with the Stars television show, and also includes breaks for open dancing, gourmet charcuterie boxes, a cash bar and loads of entertainment. Of course, the dancers are the stars of the show. We have eight dance performances scheduled in two different categories, the rookie category and our All-Star Pro-Am for some of our returning competitors. These dancers are our community stars, who have stepped up to volunteer their time to support this event. All of them will be putting themselves out of their comfort zone as they learn and perform a dance routine in just a few short weeks. And the fundraising effort starts now! The public can start making donations to support your favorite contestants by purchasing star votes for $5. Each $5 contribution counts as one vote towards a couple’s vote total. Advance voting will be combined with voting on the night of the gala to determine the winning dancers. Get voting now at

The contestants in the Rookie Category are:

  • Jack Bowers and Cappi Bowers – This father-daughter duo are synonymous with Bowers Funeral

  • Justin and Renee Brien – Justin recently became a bestselling author and is a motivational
    speaker, with Renee managing the needs of their young family.

  • Will Fazan and Lenette Zieber – A pair of School District #83 teachers.

  • Josephene Juell and Scott Hutchinson – Josephene is a chiropractor and Scott works in

The contestants in the All-Star Pro-Am are:

  • Missy MacKintosh – An entrepreneur and founder of MissMack Clean Cosmetics. She will dance
    with City Dance co-owner Jens Goerner

  • Bonnie Van De Vosse – This will the be second go-round for the Touch a’ Texas owner. Bonnie is reunited with her previous Dancing with the Shuswap Stars partner Orlando Robertson.

  • Ian Gray – The owner of Salmon Arm GM will be back on the floor. He danced with his daughter last time, but this year, he’s paired with Heather Stranks.
  • Natalie Parent – After guest judging last year with husband Ed, Natalie will dance with Jens Goerner.

More detailed biographies and information about the 2023 Dancing with the Shuswap Stars event is available online at