Countryfied Clothing was created by single mom, Karen Dean, in January 2010, as a way to support her family, while also allowing her to be home for her children. The business continues to be operated from Karen's home in rural Nova Scotia, where she lives and farms with her children.
As a true country girl and a farmer, Karen's main focus when she started the business was on promoting agriculture and rural living through fun shirts. After losing a dear friend in the horrible mass shooting in her home province of Nova Scotia in April 2020, Karen quickly pivoted her business to promote the strength of her fellow Nova Scotians through the Nova Scotia Strong clothing line. Initially the shirts were a fundraiser and Karen donated all of her profits for a 3-month period to the Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund ... a total of an incredible $96,000!!!
In July 2020, Karen's only son was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of cancer. As she supports her son through his battle with this dreadful disease, she will be donating $5 from each shirt sold to organizations who focus on cancer research and on supporting cancer patients and their families.
In Photo (from Left to Right): Kayleen (Karen's daughter), Hunter (Karen's son), Karen Dean (founder and president of Countryfied Clothing), and Kacey (Karen's daughter)
Photo credit: Trevor Allen Photography
ABOUT KAREN DEAN
Karen has been an entrepreneur for most of her life, operating many successful businesses. She was honoured to be recognized by the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards as a Nominee in 2014. Through her speaking and coaching business, Karen has been a mentor to women in business throughout her career and was mentored herself by Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications and CBC TV’s Dragon’s Den. Karen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a certificate in Small Business Development Training and is a Certified Knowledge Broker and Mastermind.com Professional.
Karen also shows her dedication to her community through extensive volunteering, including roles as a founding member of several community and business development organizations. She was one of only two women to ever be elected to the Board of Directors of Farmers Co-operative Dairy Limited, and she has also served as a board member for the Early Intervention Association of Nova Scotia and the National Holstein Convention in 2011.
Karen is the proud mother to three amazing humans who she points to as not only a source of joy but as her greatest accomplishments.