Dan was born in Regina and grew up in Swift Current. After graduating high school from Rosthern Junior College, he attended Canadian Mennonite University and University of Winnipeg for two years, but Saskatchewan soon called him back and he moved to Rosthern and worked at Rosthern Junior College where he was a dean of students for 4 years. It was there that he realized he had a passion for working with young people and getting them involved in their community. In 2005, he went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political studies from the University of Saskatchewan. While in university he was chair of the board that overlooked the 3 Mennonite Church Sask. camps in Saskatchewan.
After university Dan worked for Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership, a non-profit that helps housing developers in Saskatoon develop affordable housing. After two years there he went again to work for Rosthern Junior College as their Development and Constituency Relations Officer. Dan has volunteered for numerous community activities. He has helped plan events for Mennonite Church Sask. including their annual delegate conference.
Dan currently resides in Saskatoon, but he is no stranger to the constituency of Biggar-Sask. Valley and has roots there. His paternal grandparents are from Waldheim and his aunt and uncle have a farm near Langham.