With encouragement from St Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church and various special needs advocates, Lisa Wilson and Samantha Bellefeuille started GleeCeptional to give these children a club they could call their own.
Lisa Wilson is the first coach for GleeCeptional and can't remember a time when she wasn't singing. She has been a member of numerous choirs including the Aria award nominated Southern Gospel Choir in Tasmania, Australia.
Samantha Bellefeuille is the second coach for GleeCeptional. She comes with years of vocal training and a strong choir background starting at the early age of five. Samantha is a Special Needs Respite worker, as well as a Registered Early Childhood Educator that specializes in working with children with exceptionalities.
Combining a passion for teaching and music, Samantha responded to Lisa’s initial post about wanting to create a special needs Glee club on a Facebook group called, “One More Thing”. After meeting and creating a name and logo, the two coaches were ready to begin GleeCeptional.
Dr. Michael Austin joined GleeCeptional as our pianist and group doctor in September 2016 for our new season! He plays songs for the singers each week at both practices and performances and always modifies the songs to best suit their vocal capabilities. He is always ready to lend a helping hand and brings a smile to everyone's faces with his bubbly personality and funky dance moves.
After the first year of running GleeCeptional and noticing the increase of singers interested in joining, we started welcoming some volunteers! Our volunteers are great for helping during practices, outings and supervising at performances.
Danielle Brault joined GleeCeptional at the beginning of 2016, lending a hand in all areas. Whether it be organizing music, helping singers stay on task or practising dance moves, she is there to help. With her Social Work degree and many years of working with children and adults with special needs, she is a great asset to our group.
Fiona MacPherson joined GleeCeptional in January 2017! As a Special Olympics volunteer, she comes with many years of working with special needs children. Fiona is always ready to lend a hand with any singers who need body breaks, helping to organize music folders, and pump up the group with some silly dance numbers! Always comes to program with a big smile and ready to jump in wherever necessary!
Adriana Salamunovic joined GleeCeptional in September 2017. After helping out during our summer, she decided to join us throughout our year! As a Special Olympics volunteer, and a volunteer in the DE room at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary, Adriana comes ready to help out with anything needed. Always great at making singers feel welcome and helping them get organized!
Samantha, Michael, Lisa and Fiona
Lisa, Danielle, Samantha & Michael
Michael, Danielle, Samantha & Lisa
Danielle, Fiona, Adriana, Michael, Lisa and Samantha