Founder & Executive Producer


This inspiring indivdual has dedicated his life to campaiging for equality. Closest to Dean's heart is HIV/AIDS and Mental Illness and Addiction. He believes that every individual has the right to be proud of who they are. Dean is an advocate for talking openly and honestly about Mental Health. #nostigma is the message all of his non-profit fundraisers embrace. Fundraisers like SHINE provide a platform for Vancouver's creative, artistic and LGBTQ+ communities to come together and donate their time and talent, allowing these passionate and enthusiastic individuals to give back, anyway they can.

Brilliant!, RED, and SHINE are all examples of Dean's tenacity and determination to give back with his time, talents and positive outlook on life.

“Everything he does has a component of charity, from the events he hosted at his West End business, Volume Studio, to the grand fundraisers he produces.”

Lorenzo Cryer

Creative Director


After many decades living abroad, Lorenzo has returned to Canada and now calls the Sunshine Coast of BC home. Working as a horticulturist, he creates beautiful outdoor spaces for year round enjoyment. Lorenzo has a strong background in graphic design and advertising. For fifteen years he was CEO of the Graphic Design Studio, cryercom. Lorenzo's philantropic nature has seen him involved in Brilliant!, RED and STRUT. Lorenzo currently creates all the graphics for SHINE's social media platforms, oversees all communication materials and maintains the SHINE brand. Lorenzo freelances as a graphic designer and marketing strategist. Lorenzo is no stranger to the struggles of battling mental health issues, and it is part of his outlook on life, growing, healing and campaigning to end the stigma associated when talking mental health.

Vanessa Purdy

Assistant Producer

This artistic individual believes in bringing communities together to support one another in fun and engaging ways. She is a dedicated volunteer, who values using her creative energies as a way of giving back to her community. Vanessa started as a stagehand in 2014 with Sweet Tooth Burlesque Revue and quickly found her way to the stage as both performer and producer. She has produced numerous variety shows as community fundraisers and is thrilled to bring her skills to the SHINE team. Giving back has never been so fun!

Teresa Laturnus

Production & Logistics Coordinator

Teresa is a dedicated volunteer and graciously donates her time to non-profit events like SHINE. She has been working alongside Producer Dean Thullner for many years. She works tiressly, often into the early hours, making sure the huge cast involved in SHINE know exactly what is going on and what they need to do. Coordinating deliveries, making phone calls and staying on top of it all ensures all components are where they should be when they should be. Teresa is an Executive Assistant at a major Architecture Firm, working with the Commercial Sector Team. Previously, she was the Communications Coordinator at The David Suzuki Foundation. She is passionate about the environment. Mental Illness is a familiar companion in Teresa's world, with friends and close family members struggling with their mental health and addiction.

Bruce Gerrish

Musical Director

Singer, songwriter, performer and music producer, Bruce Gerrish writes his own distinctive brand of catchy, curious and heartfelt songs that celebrate a diversity of musical styles appealing to people from all ages and backgrounds. Bruce has been playing to critical acclaim for many years and has a repertoire that spans multiple genres from catchy originals to exceptional renditions of classic standards presented in his own inimitable style. He is a versatile vocalist, entertainer and accomplished musician who accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and piano. He works as a solo performer or as the leader of The Shinolas- an eclectic "good-times" group that combines first rate instrumentation with an abundantly fun stage presence

Tanya Billingham

Head of Make-up 

Tanya has been a freelance makeup artist for over 12 years and  has actively been involved in charity fashion events for the last 6 years. She attended school at Blanche McDonald and most recently started teaching online makeup and confidence courses when she isn’t working on Volume Studio productions. Tanya loves that she is able to give back to the communities through her makeup artistry.  Giving back to, and raising awareness for mental health, is something she is dedicated and passionate about as she herself is Bi-Polar. Tanya sees this opportunity and willingness to make a difference in something that not only directly affects her, but to so many others who struggle with mental health while addressing the need to remove the stigma. Being a part of the Volume Team has allowed her to show that people with mental health can be not only a contributor within society but also SHINE.

Lead Stylist

I have been a part of this amazing event since the very beginning. I am determined to give back to the community that accepted me with open arms and a non-profit fundraiser like this one, is exactly the way for me to do it. 

We need a platform like SHINE to make sure our voices are heard. 

I get to do what I love while creating these amazing memories and making connections that will last a lifetime. Getting to work with amazing designers and talents like the ones you see today keeps me going. 



Auction Coordinator

Gwenda is a Vancouver-based actor, whose “day-job” is working for a local non-profit.  Always eager to support a great cause, enriched by giving back and helping others, Gwenda is excited to return to the SHINE team in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. For years, Gwenda has volunteered her time to a wide variety of local community organizations and charities, including: arts and culture festivals, literacy programs, health and wellness organizations, safehouse programs, and disadvantaged children’s charities.

Gwenda Lorenzetti

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