Dean and Catherine were married in 1994 and have 2 children, Caylene and Andrew. Dean has been actively involved with the Hants County Federation of Agriculture, Windsor Agricultural Society and the Avon 4-H Club. In 1991, he completed an auctioneering course with Bartels Auction School in Wisconsin and has been doing auctions as a hobby since then. In 2009, Dean completed a Grazing mentorship program with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Catherine is active with the Avon 4-H Club, Women’s Institute and West Hants Chamber of Commerce. Caylene is currently studying Human Nutrition in university and after highschool graduation, Andrew plans to study Agriculture Business.