Our Team

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Lorie Chadsey

Lorie Chadsey

Director & Esthetic/Spa Therapy Department Head & Instructor

My passion for this industry has not changed in the many decades I have been involved in this great industry. I am blessed to say that my job is to share my knowledge and watch my students be inspired and excited to be entering this industry. My goal is always to create a solid foundation of knowledge and to always encourage my students to understand what they are doing and why. Originally trained at Blanche Macdonald and went on to take as many advanced courses as possible. As department head, I am always creating the highest possible standards of excellence from developing new treatments to staying on top of industry trends.

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for” – Oprah Winfrey

Shannon Burton

Shannon Burton

Director of Admissions

Establishing a career in the beauty industry was all I had ever envisioned for myself. Starting off at a young age of 11 cutting my families hair by was just the beginning. Graduating with my Cosmetology license in 1992 lead me on a wonderful journey in the beauty industry. Starting my career in a full day spa, then renting a station, becoming an Instructor and onto opening my own Cosmetology Academy in 2003.

I am very passionate about the beauty industry and the quality of life that it offers! The beauty industry brings opportunity for great financial, personal and educational growth to name just a few. Promoting this industry comes naturally to me, I enjoy talking about Cosmetology and encouraging others to be proud of their dreams within the beauty industry! It is an amazing opportunity to be in a position as the Director of Admissions at AOE! It is rewarding to help others fulfill their dreams within the BEST industry in the world!

“Do what you love, and the money will come!” -Oprah

Tony Ciprani

Tony Ciprani

Hair Department Head & Instructor

As department head Tony is amazing at being able to lead, manage and develop the hair department to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in all its activities. Tony’s gregarious and high energy nature as an instructor enables him to relate to all his students, he cherishes each and every one of them and has a strong commitment to have them be their best. Originally trained in Italy and over the many years in the industry has owned several salon’s and been very successful and now his passion is to share his knowledge and create exceptional hairstylists.
Melinda Rose

Melinda Rose

Esthetic/Spa Therapy Instructor

I have had a successful career as an Esthetic/Spa Therapist for over 15 years. I have been fortunate to turn my experience and love of this industry into a teaching position with passionate students at the Academy of Excellence in Victoria, BC.

The first 6 years of my career were spent living in Banff, AB working at a beautiful boutique spa. The past 10 years of my career have been spent working at the Fairmont Willow Stream Spas in Banff, AB and Victoria, BC.

Educating my amazing students on how to make the world more beautiful, makes me proud!

“Beauty Begins the moment you decide to be yourself!” – Coco Chanel

The team at the Academy binds together like family. We are stronger together because we truly have caring hearts!

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