The inaugural Dancing with Mississauga Stars gala, held on November 8, 2013 was a sold-out, smashing success far exceeding our expectations. Each executive significantly exceeded their fundraising goal making the event an outstanding success thanks to their commitment and sheer determination.

The winners of the mirrorball trophy were Boris Jackman and Iulia Barbuti.

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2013 Alumni

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Brenda Brown
Senior Vice President Human Resources, Compass Group

I've been involved through business in the community for more than 10 years, so when the offer to raise funds and awareness for a more vital Mississauga came forward, I believe in the dream and couldn't say no. I'm going to give this challenge everything I have so I hope you will get behind me".

Brenda's dance partner was the brilliant, Sergey Minko.

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Reetu Gupta
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Strategic Development, Easton’s Group of Hotels

“The Community Foundation of Mississauga’s focus on the community in a holistic way is what appeals to me. Knowing we’re giving back to not one but several important causes makes it all the more worthwhile. I need all of your love and support to raise the most funds! Because I WILL burn up the dance floor!” 

Reetu danced with the talented, Brandon Lihou

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Boris  Jackman
Executive Vice President, Refining and Marketing, Suncor Energy Inc.

“Agreeing to be one of the ‘Stars’, means stepping way out of my comfort zone. But after much cajoling by members of my staff, I was convinced to put the overall goal of building community ahead of my personal discomfort. Suncor has a vision of a sustainable community. In partnering with the Community Foundation of Mississauga two years ago, our combined objective was to build a more strong and vital City. We shared the same dream of developing community leaders, supporting skills and knowledge, inspiring innovation, engaging citizens and collaborating for this community’s energy future. Therefore, my participation is actually ‘dancing the talk’. So, I’m all in, all for Mississauga and I’m counting on your support!’

Boris’ instructor was the gifted Iulia Barbuti

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Len Keywood
President of Cineplex Starburst Inc., a joint venture with Cineplex Entertainment and Starburst

“Calling this vibrant City home, has given my family wonderful opportunities to grow. My wife and I have been lucky to raise our kids in a safe and healthy environment.  We have been very fortunate, I am thankful for that. Now I believe it’s my turn to give back and I’m happy to have the opportunity. I’m putting on my dancing shoes, hoping I won’t embarrass myself too badly, and I’m looking for all your support.” 

Len’s instructor was the versatile Sandra Rossi.

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