GOLF CLASSIC

Celebrities

Candice Olson

Designer

Candice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television. In fact, earlier in her career, the New York Times identified her as “one to watch.”

Brett Cleverdon

Golfer

Brett Cleverdon turned professional at the age of 19 after qualifying for the 1996 Remax World Long Drive Championships where he finished 15th place, narrowly missing the top 8 by a matter of inches. Brett held the record for highest finish by a teenager until 2007 when current 2 Time World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski burst onto the scene. During his career Brett competed in 10 Remax World Long Drive Championships, finishing in the top 30 8 times.

In 2012 Brett represented Canada and finished in 3rd place at the World Team Long Drive Championships in Mazatlan, Mexico Brett has won 42 Professional Long Drive events including 5 State Championships and has a career best drive of 486 yards. In addition to his competition career, Brett has performed his power golf trick shot show at over 900 golf events worldwide.

Nick Paparella

Reporter

Nick is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism course at Fanshawe College. He worked in radio while attending school, and made the switch to TV by working for CKCO-TV as a London bureau staffer. CFPL brought Nick on staff in November 1982 when he began work as a reporter.

During decades of work, Nick has covered a wide-range of stories including the sensational murder trial of millionaire Helmuth Buxbaum, Mickey Mouse’s 75th birthday at Disney World, the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, the cold-blooded Bandido Motorcycle Gang murder trial and the devastating killer earthquake that struck Haiti in January of 2010. In the spring of 2012 Nick covered the tragic murder trial of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.

Nick has been married to his high-school sweetheart Evelyn for more than 30 years. They have three very active and happy adult sons. Among his many interests Nick supports a number of charities and community organizations with his time.

In June 2012 Nick was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work in his community. He also continues to be an avid marathon runner having qualified for the Boston Marathon on several occasions and in July 2010 he completed his first Ironman in Lake Placid, New York. He continues to be involved in triathlons and other competitive running events.

Most recently, Nick was the recipient of the 2017 Fanshawe College Distinguished Alumni Award, being inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Community Services Award.

Musicians

Justin Maki

Folk/Pop Artist

Justin Maki is a Folk/Pop Artist based out of London, ON. Justin aims to create music that is beautiful, groovy, and thoughtful, and with it, enrich the lives of those who listen. He wields a rich voice and uses lush arrangements to transmit his messages of love, loss, adversity, mental health, global crises, future musings, and personal aspirations. Since officially committing to his solo career in 2012, he has played over 500 shows, released 2 albums ("The Acoustic Diaries: Fight" and "Long Time Coming"), and has gone on 2 Cross Canada Tours. He has also competed in several competitions, and won in Western University's Battle of the Bands in 2015, as well as the campus wide Western Voice competition in 2016. Next, he plans to qualify for Via Rail's Artist On Board Program and CTV’s the launch, do a house show tour through "Home Routes", and play a lot more festivals. On the horizon is constant touring around the world. For a groovier take on his music, look into his band, the Justin Maki Band.

Alan Charlebois

Singer/Songwriter

Alan was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and began pursuing music at age 15, starting with the bass guitar. A few months later he fell in love with the acoustic guitar. It was then that he decided firmly that he plans on being a career musician. After high-school he ventured out to Canada’s west coast in search of inspiration and to find his voice.

He has toured across Canada and Central America as a singer/songwriter, and has recently become a staple of London’s music scene, as well as recorded 5 albums with his various projects ranging from acoustic blues to high powered Rock n Roll. Alan is well known in London and the surrounding area for putting on an incredible stage performance, often silencing and turning heads with his extremely powerful and raw vocals."

Frank Reynoso

Musician

Frank Reynoso was born in Nicarauga and moved Canada when he was 4 years old. Frank is an extremely versatile musician and plays piano, guitar and percussion. Some of the percussion he specializes in are Djmebe, bongos, congas, cajon and drums. Frank was the percussionist for the London local reggae band called Soulfyre until he found his calling with an instrumental duo Ground Zero.

Frank plays with many musicians across Ontario and is versatile with style and genre.

Johnee Rae

Singer/Songwriter

Johnee Rae was born in a small northern town near Sault Ste Marie. She is an avid songwriter and plays guitar, piano and sings. She was a touring musician from the ripe young age of 13 and has continued to follow this passion across the continent. She was the 2012 winner of CMTs Big In A Small Town. She was signed to Sony Music Canada and Slaight Music but left to pursue a degree in Paramedicine. She has returned to the music industry and is currently working with the incredible team at Forty6 Music Group on her newest project set to release in 2020. Based in London she is performing all across Ontario and co-writing with many talented writers in Canadian music.