Mitzi Dean was first elected as MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin, the traditional territory of the Lkwungen speaking peoples, in May 2017. She was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development in November 2020. She is Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Social Initiatives and a member of the Treasury Board and the Cabinet Committee on Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness. In the previous Parliament she served as Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.
Mitzi moved to British Columbia in 2005 and was appointed as the Executive Director of Pacific Centre Family Services Association in 2007. In this role she managed a professional team that served over a thousand children, youth, families and seniors each year, who were impacted by trauma, violence and mental health issues. Her leadership helped to launch a project that built a 15,000 square foot Centre for Wellbeing and a 100-unit affordable housing complex. She took on many roles on Boards and Committees, including the Board of the Federation of Community Social Services of BC and the Victoria Family Court Youth Justice Committee.
Mitzi's career in community social services, including professional social work, began over three decades ago. She worked across the United Kingdom from front line roles to being a national development manager for children's services with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She also volunteered in the sector, including running children's programs in a women's transition house and volunteering in a Romanian orphanage.
Mitzi lives in Metchosin with her family.