WINDSOR, ON –Brian Masse MP presented Janice Brode a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in front of a crowd of students and colleagues at Walkerville Collegiate High School today.  A committed and long-serving member of Windsor’s arts community, Brode will also be retiring from her teaching position at the Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts (WCCA) on January 31, 2013. 

 Brode was born and raised in Windsor and began studying dance at an early age under Rene Russell.   She then went to the National Ballet School of Canada.  Upon her return to Windsor in 1971 she opened Janice Brode School of Dance which remains open today.

 In 1977 she became the founder and Artistic Director of Windsor City Ballet Company to help aspiring dancers in our community gain further experience and exposure.  Over this period Windsor City Ballet Company has performed locally with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Community Orchestra and has held several large shows on its own.

 In the early 1990’s the Company represented Canada at the Unicef Gala in Udine, Italy – Windsor’s twin city.  In 1995 Brode developed a cultural exchange with Toyota City Ballet Company and the Company travelled to perform with our twin city Fujisawa in Japan.  Toyota City Ballet Company came to Windsor to do a joint performance shortly afterwards.

 Further, in 1995, Brode became the first dance specialist with the Greater Essex County District School Board and has taught dance at the Windsor Centre for the Creative Arts (WCCA) where she will retire from this January 31, 2013.  While at WCCA she founded the annual show “Artistic Endeavours” which continues to showcase the talent and creativity of the dance students in Windsor.

 “It is with great pride that we can honour such a pillar of the arts and dance in our community.  Janice has been a dedicated and vibrant member of our local community and who proudly shares our culture with other countries through dance.  She has never wavered in her commitment to her students and has selflessly shared her immense experience with so many local students,” said Masse.

 This past year marked the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty the Queen as Queen of Canada. The Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity to highlight individuals who like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to family, community and country through their significant contributions and achievements.