Proudly made in Toronto, author, wife of Canadian actor Yannick Bisson, mother to three 20-something daughters
Shantelle was born and raised in Toronto, and splits her time with her family between T.O. and Los Angeles. A performer for 20+ years, Shantelle turned her creative attention to writing and developing TV show concepts in 2008. In 2013, she put pen to paper and started crafting her debut novel, BLACK PICKET FENCE, which she is currently shopping. She is also working on a series of non-fiction “how to” books.
Shantelle is passionate about giving back to her community, supporting causes such as Childhood Cancer Canada as co-chair of The Purple Party, Camp Ooch, Bridgepoint Hospital, and Artists for Peace & Justice, supporting children in Haiti.
Along with being a writer, producer and actress, Shantelle has three beautiful daughters, and three four-legged sons (two boxers and one english bulldog!) with husband, Yannick Bisson, star of Canada’s number one drama series, Murdoch Mysteries.
There's an incredibly interesting thing that happens to a parent when our children reaches the age to move away and go to college/university. All of a sudden you're thrust into this new phase of life, surprisingly unprepared, even though you knew that it was coming eventually.
The day will inevitably come when your sweet pre-teen gets to be dating age. And oh, what a day that is, let me tell you. As a parent of three young women, I always thought I would know exactly what type of person they would bring home. Let's just say if I had been a gambling sort, I would have lost it all, time, and time again.
I've learned a lot from my three daughters over the past 28 years of being a mom to them. My husband and I are in the thick of our first wedding, with our eldest getting married October 14th, 2017, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference between planning your own wedding, and assisting your child in planning theirs.
If you're like me and you want to be able to cut the financial umbilical cord with your kids, start when they're young. Help them procure a part time job -- even if it's just one shift a week at first. Have them open their own bank account, and teach them how to balance their account.