Dori was born and raised in north-western Manitoba with deep roots in agriculture. Following graduation from the University of Manitoba in 1979 with her degree in Agriculture, Dori joined the Manitoba Ministry in Agriculture. During her 44 years with the Ministry, Dori held positions of Regional 4-H Specialist, Head of 4-H , Director of Central Region, Director of Marketing and Farm Business Mgmt., Assistant Deputy Minister of Agri-Food and Rural Development, Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Agri-Environment and Deputy Minister.
Having the privilege to serve the agriculture industry through her various positions and assignments, Dori was afforded the opportunity to explore, drive, inform, influence and deliver some of Manitoba’s many transitions and successes with a particular interest in protein. Dori led the development of MB Protein Advantage, MB Protein Consortium and many cascading protein initiatives including chairing the 2004 World Meat Congress held in Manitoba. Dori also directed the evolution of the Food Development Center model from one of a general client-driven response to specialization in protein development.
To ensure effective working relationships at the inter-provincial, national and international levels, Dori travelled to many markets to meet with customers and partners. As a result of this work, Dori was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for work in promoting friendship between Japan and Canada.
Recognizing the importance of public trust to the future of the agriculture industry, Dori worked with two colleagues on the national Public Trust campaign that eventually was incorporated into the foundational principles of the work of the Canadian Center for Food Integrity.
Dori dedicated many years to ensure the viability of rural and ag organizations that are the backbone of rural society including her lifelong relationship with 4-H. Dori is the Past President of the Canadian 4-H Foundation and an Honorary Member of the Canadian 4-H Council. Dori also enjoyed working with Women’s Institute, Agricultural Societies, Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba and Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmer program.
Dori and her husband, Paul, operate Beauchemin family farm in southern Manitoba, where she enjoys her interests in gardening and many outdoor activities. Family is very important to Dori, and her retirement allows her the chance to spend more time with those she loves.