About Us

The Paper Bag Ball is an annual event hosted by Ballet Etc…in support of Community Care of St Catharines & Thorold. The event is an evening of fellowship, fun, food and of course dancing, in support of Community Care of St Catharines & Thorold. Through the support of this amazing community, we have raised $100,000 so far.

Our Mission is to support programs designed to assist disadvantaged individuals and families and help them meet even their most basic needs.
With your help, we have been able to bring dignity and much-needed services to many people in our Niagara community. 
“Filling tummies. Filling hearts

Our Committee

Jane Elliott

Owner/Director – Ballet Etc…Studio for the Arts
Jane is a native of St Catharines and currently lives in Fonthill. She left home at the age of 9 to pursue her dream of being a professional ballet dancer at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Jane has an honours diploma in Dance and Performance Studies from George Brown and has danced professionally in both Canada and the US. Her love of the arts, especially dance, has given her the pleasure of teaching so many remarkable students in Niagara. As the owner/director of Ballet Etc for 24 years, she continues to find inspiration in our youth, our community and using the Arts as a way to give back to this wonderful place we are fortunate to call home. The Paper Bag Ball is a perfect way to combine it all.
“Art…..it challenges the mind, ignites the soul and brings people together”

Elizabeth Loomis-Taliano

Design | Art Acquisitions

As a duo disciplined designer and passionate lover of the arts, Elizabeth is continuously looking for ways to devote her skill set to worthy causes. Whether it’s designing a space that brings people together for a common good, or branding and promoting a cause in a creative way to make a difference – She an artistically minded contributor to charity and a believer in the power of art and it’s ability to bring awareness and heart, to work that must be done – for those that need it most.

Grace Valentini


Grace Valentini was born and raised in St. Catharines, Niagara.  She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant with Deloitte, however, a few years ago made the switch to the private sector as an online Marketing Specialist with VDC Canada, located in Thorold.  Grace is a devoted of mother of three children of her own and recently became a step-mom to three more.  She loves spending time with her big family, and thoroughly enjoys the ‘happy chaos’ that sometimes ensues.  She is a fitness enthusiast par excellence and is currently working on a Culinary Nutrition Certificate Program.  Her ultimate goal is to help those struggling with health-related issues such as weight loss, achieving nutritional balance, or developing a do-able fitness regime.  Grace has a deep commitment to helping others in Niagara and is thrilled to be part of this exciting initiative partnering with Community Care.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Gloria Kain

Principle – Kain Healthcare Consulting

Gloria came to St. Catharines at the age of two and knew she’d always call this home. She left to go to school at Western and got her Masters degree in Ottawa and she’s worked all across Canada but she’ll always say there’s no place like home. This is what brought Gloria to the table to help support the Paper Bag Ball. Her professional background in supporting the development of hospitals has shown her that you only truly impact people by creating healthy communities. She is proud to support the incredible work that community care does in building a healthy caring community where everyone lives with dignity and purpose.

Rosa Proietto


Rosa Proietto moved to the Niagara region in 2006, with her husband and children, from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She was raised and educated in Toronto and holds a Specialized Honours BA and Masters in Sociology. She has worked within the public sector, focusing on aspects of Indigenous health and later became involved in Public Finance. Since taking up residence in Niagara, she has been active in the community as an independent entrepreneur and as a local fundraiser on behalf of women and children. As one of the founding members of the PAPER BAG BALL, she is committed to raising awareness about the level of need in Niagara, but is also active in promoting solutions to the myriad of social problems faced by many in our community. Rosa is currently a Doctoral candidate at York University, researching the socio-economic determinants of mental health within a global perspective.