Lisa Stephenson; Passionate Community Volunteer, and Dave Stephenson; Sysco Foods, President
Coached by Tina Mandl, Oranj Fitness
Lisa & Dave’s love story began 24 years ago when they were married in Hawaii after a whirlwind 6 week “courting” and an 8 month engagement. Together they have enjoyed a blessed life raising their two children, Ashley and Nick. They met through a sport they are both passionate about, curling. They have competed on the National curling stage together and Swinging with the Stars is another opportunity to learn, grow and give back together.
Lisa is retired from her 30-year career in the Tourism Industry, spending 18+ years working for the Huber family and Prestige Hotels and Resorts. Dave is President of Sysco Kelowna, spending the last 24 years of his life in the food industry … climbing the corporate ladder and building a career he and his family are so proud of!
Their journey with Hospice began 3 years ago when Lisa’s Mom, Dianne, entered Hospice in Vancouver after a sudden cancer diagnosis. With only 6 short weeks from the time her Mom fell ill until she passed, the Hospice volunteers were an incredible gift to both her Mom and the entire family. A year after Lisa’s Mom passed, Lisa completed the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) Volunteer Training Program and now spends time using this training at the Kelowna Hospice House as a Bedside Volunteer supporting patients and their families. In addition to her volunteer role with COHA, Lisa also speaks at various Canadian Blood Services events sharing her Mom’s story about the blood transfusion that transformed her time at Hospice.
Lisa and Dave are honoured to be dancing in SWTS . . . doing it for Lisa’s Mom and for all the beautiful angels she has shared special moments with at Hospice.