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Columbia (“TLABC”). He was a member of the TLABC from his call to the
bar to his appointment to the bench. He served on the executive for many
years and was named president in 2013.
Dennis is meticulous in all aspects of his life, both personal and professional,
large and small. He is always impeccably dressed—Harry Rosen is
very appreciative of Dennis. The most obvious example of his attention to
detail is his approach to eating corn on the cob. He eats single rows at a
time, without touching the rows above and below.
The bench will also be well served by Dennis’ meticulousness, as
because of it, he has tremendous writing skills. He is renowned for being a
“stickler” when it comes to grammar and punctuation, which lends itself to
Dennis loves sports. In high school he played all team sports, including
volleyball, soccer, rugby and basketball. Three of the four teams for which
he played participated in provincial championships. His sports excellence
was also demonstrated in downhill skiing. He and his friend John Wilkes
became ski instructors at Sun Peaks. The two spent many years refining
their (and others’) skiing abilities. In his younger days, Dennis went on
many ski trips with his buddies John, Andy and David. There are a number
of stories that come out of those trips, but of course those cannot be told in
Dennis is particularly skilled at soccer, and he continued his passion for
and participation in soccer right up until his recent appointment. His passion
for playing soccer persisted despite his many, many soccer injuries. At
Fulton, he was regularly seen limping around the hallways with a big smile
on his face. He is an avid golfer, maintaining a 16 handicap. On the golf
course, Dennis is, as is the case of most golfers, both elated and exasperated.
He always maintains his physical fitness and to this day runs regularly.
Dennis is not just a fit, meticulous athlete; he is first and foremost a dedicated
family man. He has been married to Diane for 29 years, and they
have one son, Brayden, who is 26 years old. Brayden is their pride and joy.
Dennis has longevity on his side. His parents, Kay and Eddy, are both 96
years old and still living in the home in which Dennis grew up. Dennis is
extremely proud of his Japanese-Canadian heritage and is fluent in Japanese.
He has been involved in that community in Kamloops all of his life, as
have his parents.
Dennis and Diane are both very socially active in Kamloops. They have
hosted many functions at their home. They are excellent cooks and gourmands.
If you ever have the pleasure of a meal prepared by them, particularly
as it relates to their Japanese heritage, you are extremely lucky. Their