Dawn Vandaveer the Faces of Tucson AZ

Dawn Vandaveer

Raised in Michigan and a job offer brought me to Tucson after college graduation. Planned to stay a year, then move to the Pacific northwest. Within a year, Tucson and the Sonoran desert became home, or more appropriately mi tierra.

I am actively involved in the local events industry and have served on multiple not-for-profit boards like FEATSAZ, Festival + Events Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Rescue Me Tucson, Junior League of Tucson, HaloDogs – too many to mention, but all that make our community a better place to live.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Poppy, my hound mix, and I live a ‘golden girls’ lifestyle, sharing a home with my bestie, Eileen, and her rottie/shepherd mix, Dante. My mom relocated nearby a decade or so ago, so Poppy enjoys sleepovers at her Gramma Carol’s house.

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
Varied – I’ve been a temp worker, a direct mail diva and certified postal geek, and now I’m a business owner helping small to medium sized businesses with their marketing needs. Absolutely love analyzing data, letting it tell a story, and developing a creative strategy that connects.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Ghini’s French Caffe, Teresa’s Mosiac Cafe

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
34 years this summer

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
This is Tucson, there’s absolutely no way to narrow down ‘most interesting’ to one person!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Odessa, Texas. My father lived there in his 20s, I feel the need to see his old apartment, visit the restaurants where he read books before he went to work in the oil fields, and see a part of his life before us.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Local Hero is still one of my favorite movies.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Learn math, especially if you’re creative. You need it!

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Visit Montreux, Switzerland and take a picture with the Freddie Mercury statue.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Right now it’s ABBA.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Cafe Margarite

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Cindi Ciccotti – and take her back to Bob Dobb’s!

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Lightning storms and monsoon rains.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Traveling the US in search of the best pet-friendly events.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I applied to college as an accounting major, then switched to theatre.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Toss up between Mt Lemmon watching a lightning storm over Tucson and basically anywhere in Kauai

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
Love quirky days – World Penguin Day’s right around the corner.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
All people, creatures, and our physical world inspire me to be better. We’re all connected and our choices impact everything around us.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Basil, also creosote after it rains.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
neighborhood, community, your own personal space

For All That You Do,
Thank you Dawn Vandaveer from The Faces of Tucson.
We Appreciate You