Dianne's previous experience in liquor retail management provided invaluable skill sets when her and Mike embarked on a new adventure. Dianne had started to work for the former Alberta Liquor Control Board when she was barely out of high school. Over the years, she worked her way up the corporate ladder from store employee, to manager, and eventually an operations coordinator.
Like so many other ALCB employees in 1993, Dianne found out one day through the media, that she and her fellow workers had fallen victim to the governments plans for privatization. Dianne was better off than most as her position in management meant that she would be one of the last to go.
Her new role was to go about the Province and close liquor stores which, one fateful day, began with a motor vehicle accident that was to change her life. Dianne met her future business partner and husband after her truck rolled on the highway. Mike was part of the emergency medical services team responding to the call. The day was Friday the 13th.
Dianne is also a competent marksman. She has completed firearms training with the Gunsite Training Academy in Arizona as well as Tactical Response from Tennessee. Dianne has also trained in most of the firearms courses that Mike has facilitated. She is an avid reader and loves to cook when it can be scheduled in, especially in her volcano stove. Dianne is extremely well versed in all aspects of preparedness. She has read extensively on the subject matter and has personally visited several freeze dried food manufacturers / suppliers in the US. She has since been approached locally for her thoughts on food storage topics as well as Bug Out Bag design. In the fall of 2013, Dianne decided to take up hunting as an additional pursuit in her preparedness and self sustaining lifestyle. This was followed by her taking up archery in 2014. Nothing like hurling pointy sticks. All this is another excuse for her to field test all the gear that she promotes through Rising Sun. She's tried out various stoves and meals in extreme cold and even a snow cave. If it fails, or if it shines, she will let you know.
Her broad smile and infectious good humor welcome all those who come through the door at Rising Sun.
She's really the boss,
Mike's just "window dressing" !