Dave was born and raised in Abbotsford, attending South Poplar Elementary, MEI, and Abbotsford Secondary schools, and has watched Abbotsford grow from a small town into a vibrant, multi-cultural community with a rich heritage and a strong economic base.
Dave is an educator, having taught two years in Australia, three in Manitoba, and the last 30 at MEI, including three years as Principal of the secondary school and two years as principal at MEI Chilliwack. He holds a B.A. (Sociology) from Simon Fraser University and an M.Ed. (Administration) from the University of Victoria.
Following high school, he volunteered two years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which included community development work. He has served on numerous boards and committees over the years: MCC BC Board member for 10 years, including vice-chair and chair positions, and numerous sub-committees; national and local church boards, chair of the Canadian Mennonite University Council, Winnipeg; Director on the B.C. Federation of Independent Schools Associations Board; Director on the H2H (Haiti) Board; and Director on the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. Board.
Dave was first elected in 2005. His responsibilities on Council have included: Mission-Abbotsford Transit Committee; Abbotsford Social Development Advisory Committee; City Industrial Development Advisory Committee; Environmental Advisory Committee; Abbotsford Youth Commission; Child and Youth Friendly Committee; Matsqui Dyking, Drainage and Irrigation Committee; Audit Committee;
Dave is married to Grace, a registered nurse, and they have two married sons and five grandchildren. Dave and Grace love traveling, which has taken them to five continents (some with student groups on service assignments), and to many parts of North America. Dave has a keen interest in history and genealogy, both of which occupy some of his leisure time, and enjoys the outdoors (hiking, canoeing), as well as fitness-related activities.
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