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Meet Dean

This is a truly special place. The abundant natural beauty, amazing people and exceptional quality of life we enjoy.

We are so fortunate to call Saanich home.

Since I announced that I'm running for Mayor, I've met with hundreds of people across Saanich. People who love this community, but are concerned about the future.

Election are about choosing the future we want. I'm running for Mayor because I know with real leadership, we can secure a better, more hopeful future for everyone in Saanich.

We can create affordable, family-suitable homes for people to put down roots in Saanich. 

We can have safe, walkable neighbourhoods where kids and parents can walk or bike to parks, schools or the grocery store. 

We can protect our natural environment, cut our emissions and create resilient neighbourhoods that are prepared for the effects of climate change. 

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I was born in Richmond, BC, and moved to Saanich with my family when I was in Grade 6. I grew up in Cordova Bay and graduated from Claremont Secondary.

After high school, I attended Camosun College and the University of Victoria. I completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Sciences at UVic.

When I finished University, I lived and travelled in Japan, where I worked as an English teacher.

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After traveling abroad, I moved back to the Island and got involved in the community. Joining the Quadra Cedar Hill Community Association and Sierra Club of Victoria.

I was elected to Saanich Council in 2008. At that time, I was Saanich’s youngest member of Council.

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I served three terms as a Councillor and a term as CRD Director.

During my three terms on Saanich Council, I saw the difference that local government can make when we work together. When we take the time to listen. I worked with Saanich residents and my Council colleagues to push for housing affordability, creating food security, cutting carbon emissions, and making life safer for people walking and biking.

I am a champion for healthier, more engaged communities. I work for the Ministry of Health as the Provincial Lead for Healthy Communities. I have a background in stakeholder engagement and project management. I teach a political science course at Camosun College.

I am husband to my incredible partner, Rachel, and dad to two wonderful children, Caelum and Avery (ages 12 and 10). We have a 15-year-old beagle named Bella.

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I’m a coffee-drinker, guitar player and enjoy biking and running.

I know that by working together, we can make Saanich better for everyone. On affordability, walkability, climate change, and a healthy environment.

Let’s make Saanich better, together!