Darrien McWatters “Dee” has resided on the unceded, ancestral and traditional lands of the syilx people in the town of Summerland, BC since 1979, when family relocated from North Delta. She was born in Vancouver, BC, in May 1974 her father, Harry McWatters was a BC wine industry pioneer known as “grandfather of the British Columbia Wine Industry”.
Darrien herself has worked in the wine industry in many operational management roles since 1994.

Dee came out to herself as transgender female on September 4, 2017, and to the world in January 2018, and began the long road of transitioning to her authentic female form.

She is a long-time hockey player, coach, and on ice official and continues to play in Kelowna and officiate with BC Hockey. Dee has recently officiated in her third consecutive BC Female Championships.

Darrien is a member of BC Hockey Equity, Diversity, Inclusion work group and is an advisor on gender expression and diversity to Hockey Canada.  She is the former Director of Transgender Community Involvement for Kelowna Pride Society, and the Current Vice President of Advocacy Canada, a 2SLGTBQIA+ advocacy group based in Kelowna, BC.

She is a Professional Public speaker, Former firefighter in Summerland for over 20 years, and a parent to two boys, now grown men in their early 20’s.