In the mid-1980s, Doreen got a Bachelor of Arts degree in English by Correspondence at the University of South Africa. She started parting under the guidance of well know South African Artists and exhibited in South Africa.
In 1987, Doreen moved to Canada and started working for the Pay Equity Commission under the Ministry of Labour where she obtained Certification in Dispute Resolution from Osgood Hall. The commission works to remove the systemic discrimination of workers in the female jobs. Doreen’s dedication to the commission’s work won her a 2011 GEM Award for Professionalism. Driven by her desire to help people, she held the record for the highest number of file closures and highest number of written commendations – a feat she accomplishes year after year where she has resolved pay equity claims in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for some of Ontario’s most vulnerable women. Outside of work, Doreen is involved in various volunteer activities. This includes missions to Israel each summer to sort clothing and pack army supplies for the SAREL organization.
Doreen main hobby is painting mainly in acrylics, mixed media but also in oil. She has been part of the North York Visual Art Group for 10 years exhibiting her work in many art shows in Toronto. She is inspired to paint abstracted figures with a African or Judaica feel.
Doreen retired from the Ministry of Labour in 2013 but continues to consult on Pay Equity issues as well as now devote more time to her artwork.