Dean, her husband Rhino, and their 3 children emigrated to Canada from South Africa 24 years ago. Dean grew up in Zambia and after marrying Rhino lived in Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa. Dean joined Rotary in South Africa in 1989. On arriving in Vancouver both Dean and Rhino joined the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and at present are members of the Rotary Club of Langley Central.

Dean has served on District and Zone committees; which have included:

  • 17 years of Youth Exchange in both District 9300 and 5040
  • District 5040 Group Study Exchange Chair
  • Group Study Exchange Team Leader to New Zealand
  • District Governor 2007/2008
  • Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator
  • Rotary Coordinator Zone 24 West
  • Pacific Northwest PETS Chair 2013
  • Co-Chair for the 2011 Zone 24/32 Institute
  • Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinator for Zone 24 West 2012/2013
  • Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator 2014

She has been a panelist at the last 6 International Conventions. Her best Rotary experience is leading teams of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to South Africa and seeing how this volunteer experience changes their lives.