Dave was born in a rural Canadian fishing village on Lake Erie. He spent his formative years in-between Ontario and B.C., then earned an Astronomy degree at the University of Hawaii. He discovered his beloved profession of teaching as a teacher, guide, and ranger in Hawaii, then as an English teacher in Japan and Taiwan. More recently, he earned an education degree and has taught elementary through high school for the past three years in British Columbia. His hobbies include: hiking, travelling, camping, surfing, learning, reading, swimming, yoga, and taking pictures.