Shantelle was born and raised in Toronto, and splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles. At the age of four, she was drawn to the stage like a moth to the flame, and spent more than twenty years dancing and performing in musical theater. At sixteen, she was plucked from a school talent show, and so began her career performing in Television and Film. In 2008 she turned her creative attention to writing and developing TV show concepts, and has enjoyed much success. She had a passion for writing at a very young age, so that fact that she became a published author is no surprise to anybody who ever read one of her short stories, or her daily blog. Her debut non-fiction book: Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Cool for Dundurn Press, is a handy, fun, light hearted take on raising functioning adults even during the challenging days of parenting, when all you seem to do is “lose your cool.”
Shantelle also gives back to her community; she’s on the committee of Childhood Cancer Canada, and has been co-chairing their main fundraising event, The Purple Party, since 2012. Her involvement has helped them raise more than 1.5 million dollars to date. She also supports Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, via their annual fundraiser “The Heist” as a donor, and was Emcee for their 2014 annual Gala, Fandango. Shantelle and her husband also give generously to the APJ fund, supporting kids in Haiti by sponsoring their secondary school, and sit on their Canadian Board as well as their Advisory Board. As a childhood sexual abuse survivor she recently joined forces with Boost for Kids where her duties include Honorary Chair, as well as sharing her story as the guest speaker at their 2018 Butterfly Ball.
And just to keep busy, she is still writing, developing, shooting and producing her own projects for television. She has also appeared on numerous National and local news shows as a parenting experience. Along with being a writer, producer and actress, Shantelle has three beautiful daughters, and two four legged sons with husband, Yannick Bisson, star of Canada’s number one drama series, CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries. In 2018 she purchased and renovated a sixty three year old marina on the lake where she and Yannick own a cottage, renaming it Shantilly’s Place with their beloved English Bulldog Duke as mascot. The marina is revitalized and business is booming!
Along with Shantelle’s personal blog, she has been a staff writer both online and print for Canadian magazine, Milk N Heels tackling all topics parenting, and relationship. She also wrote their advice column, Dear Elle, answering parenting and relationship questions. Shantelle was a guest writer for HuffPost Canda, and was commissioned by Zoomer to write speciality articles for their online magazine. All of her writings can be found here on her site.