Dawn lived in Goma,Congo from 2006-2009 and during that time she met Argentine and Mapendo. That is how SHONA was born. Dawn happily admits that SHONA was born because she found herself living in a new culture, and was desperately in search of friends to teach her Swahili and to help her make sense of this new world. 

Dawn currently lives in Upstate NY with her daughter and husband.  She works on SHONA as a volunteer and a friend Mapendo, Argentine and Dawn incorporating SHONA Congo in Canada