Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT

Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT

October 21, 2009 10:21 ET

British Columbia Finalist Named 2009 Senior Star Winner

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) -

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Following 70 regional competitions and a star-studded National Final on October 19th at the famed Concert Hall in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Jeanne Rodrigue of Kamloops, British Columbia was named Chartwell's 2009 Senior Star.

It was a difficult decision for celebrity judges Gordie Tapp, Tim Louis and Dan Clancy all well-known performers who have each made their own impact on the Canadian music and television industry. First runner-up Dan Minor hails from Surrey, British Columbia and the second runner-up, 90 year old Paul Rosa, is from Toronto, Ontario.

"The opportunity to compete at a national level with such a talented group of finalists is without doubt one of the most exciting opportunities I've had in my musical pursuits," said winner Jeanne Rodrigue. "Music has always been an important part of my life and participating in Chartwell's Senior Star has given me the occasion to challenge myself in a new and exciting way."

Accompanied by The Laura Lynn Band, Jeanne dazzled the crowd with a mesmerizing rendition of "Lady is a Tramp." Judge Gordie Tapp commented that he'd worked personally with Ella Fitzgerald and "I don't know if Ella delivered it that well." Host Dinah Christie referred to Jeanne as a "powerhouse."

The 10 finalists each qualified in regional Senior Star competitions held across Canada last June. The National Final was hosted by the talented Dinah Christie and featured some of the best senior performers in Canada.

"Senior Star has grown to be the largest celebration of seniors' talent in Canada," said Brent Binions, President and CEO of Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT. "When you witness the performances of these participants, you realize how much incredible senior talent exists across Canada and how eager they are to share their gift."

"Jeanne has an incredible voice and stage presence proving that talent has no 'best before' date," added Phil McKenzie, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. "All of our performers shatter traditional misconceptions about slowing down in ones' later years."

Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT is Canada's leading provider of high quality seniors housing offering a full spectrum of care. Chartwell operates and manages retirement residences and long-term care homes across North America.

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Contact Information

  • For more information or to conduct a media interview
    with any participants, judges or Chartwell representatives,
    please contact: Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT
    Sharon Henderson, Director of Communications
    905-501-4869 or 647-302-6117 (mobile)