Darlene knew she had to live in British Columbia as a young girl - this dream came true in 1994 when she bought a one-way ticket on the train from Nova Scotia to BC where she started out working off the coast of Vancouver Island before eventually making her way to Vancouver in 1996. During this time, she met her partner Catherine and they moved to Kelowna in 2009. Darlene and her partner have rescued cats and dogs over the years and currently live with two guardian breed dogs who didn’t quite fit farm life: Maggie-Mae and Jasper.
Darlene has worked in various industries throughout her career and has a degree in Emergency Security Management. The constant theme throughout her career has been her commitment to building a strong team and creating a positive working environment. She learned the value of teambuilding early on in life through sports. She has been a team player her entire life and was fortunate to have great coaches and teammates over the years. Darlene played Women’s National Fastball and attended the Canada Games with her Nova Scotia Elite Women’s Fastball team which was inducted into the Nova Scotia East Hants Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Darlene remains committed to sport and has run many half marathons, biked thousands of kms, swum across the Okanagan Lake, and completed triathlons including the Victoria Half Ironman in ’19.
Darlene brings a little east coast charm to all that she does, and she makes a mean seafood chowder!