David’s roots go deep in our community as he is a member of the third generation of the Askew family to be involved in the running of Askew’s Foods. He is currently president of Askew’s Foods and has a busy life with work, family and community involvements. He is happy to donate his time and effort to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Shuswap Stars in support of the Larch Hills Nordic Society chalet expansion.

David has been skiing and biking in the Larch Hills every winter and summer since the mid 1970’s. One of his most memorable experiences while biking in the Larch Hills occurred when he observed a moose standing in a deep pool of water which came up to its shoulders. David loves how easy it is for him to access the outdoors and the lakes in order to enjoy the natural beauty of the Shuswap. Other involvements include the Salmon Arm Tennis Club and the Shuswap Food Action Co-op which is committed to promoting local food production and sustainability.

David lived away from Salmon Arm for a number of years in Toronto, Vancouver and Nelson. He has three adult children who include a son Peter who lives in Toronto, a daughter Hannah who lives in Vancouver and a daughter Claire who lives in Salmon Arm. Claire recently joined Askew’s Foods which makes her a fourth generation Askew to be involved in the business. David is also blessed with two grandchildren.

David has some dance experience as he once enjoyed learning Scottish Dancing and attended Scottish dances for a number of years. This time around, he is looking for a dance which can be learned easily when instructed by an expert. Well David, what could be better than learning the Polka from Simone, a German born dance expert!? At the end of the competition, David hopes that he has had fun, met some new people and supported a good cause.