Jessie began taking classes with Propeller Dance in 2005 and has been performing with the company since it began in 2007. Before joining Propeller, Jessie danced and performed with the Dandelion Dance Company and received recognition and awards for her dance, choreographic, and advocacy work, including the Jane Cameron Award (2005), the Spirit of the Capital Award (runner up, 2005), and the “Top 20 Under 20 National Youth Award” (finalist, 2005). She is co-chair of the National Capital Region Down Syndrome Association and a core member of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s national self-advocates’ advisory committee. Jessie has been a teaching assistant in the Propeller children’s classes since 2008, co-led workshops in Kingston and for schools in Ottawa, co-choreographed with Renata Soutter a work for Dusk Dances Ottawa (Out of the Box), and continues to develop her technique and performance skills under the wonderful and inspiring direction of Renata Soutter, Shara Weaver, guest artists, and other company members.