An active speaker, Dree has and continues to develop and teach courses with organizations such as Grant MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and is frequently invited to present at conferences and seminars.  She holds a Bachelor of Recreation Education from the University of British Columbia (1984), and has studied career and counseling psychology. Dree actively maintains the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and was awarded the permanent designation of Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE) in 2008.

A committed volunteer, Dree is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).  An equestrian and outdoor enthusiast, Dree volunteers in support of both para and able-bodied equestrian activities, enjoys travel, snowshoeing and a wide range of academic, literary and artistic pursuits.