Diva Dan – Daniel Zondervan Biography

Daniel Zondervan
Daniel Zondervan, The Crochet Crowd

Introducing Diva Dan

Diva Dan, aka Daniel Zondervan, is vital part of The Crochet Crowd Team with content concepts behind the scenes.

Diva Dan joined Mikey in January 2009, six months after The Crochet Crowd concept was created on YouTube. He was one of the very few people, in Mikey’s life at the time, who seen the vision of The Crochet Crowd as an important outreach and opportunity to teach others skills.

Diva Dan wasn’t always known by that name. His name was developed based on an MSN Messenger Status update of being a Domestic Diva cleaning the house. This seemed appropriate for his personality and has stuck with him. He’s known to the public as Diva Dan when attending live shows. In person outside of the public eye, he prefers to be called Daniel.

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In September 2010, the vision of what the videos and community name had to be examined as it was appearing to take a hold. Daniel is responsible for the name of The Crochet Crowd and the company was re-branded with a new logo and name in time for our very first show at Creativ Festival in October 2010.

Charity

Daniel developed and started a Period Baroque Orchestra in his early 20’s. He is familiar with doing charity outreaches as well as the necessary obligations to be a leader in supporting and doing charity work. The charity concept and our work to help others was developed by Daniel.

Live Shows

In live shows and exhibits that we do. Daniel is the leader in organizing and working with others to ensure the live shows are as successful as possible. Michael is busy with fans and doing live workshops. Daniel shields Michael from the operations during live shows so that Michael can focus on the guests without getting involved in operations. This is vital to ensure that people have an opportunity to share their stories and talk to Mikey.

Content and Programming

Daniel is responsible for newsletter content and general programming of ideas and concepts to keep The Crochet Crowd moving forward. Michael’s role is to be front line and works hard to ensure the collective plans are developed and put forward.

Childhood & Life

Daniel asked his mother to learn Violin when he was about five years old. With no musical tendencies in his family. He began his musical journey of studying music throughout his life. Daniel knows several instruments which include piano, full pipe organ, violin and more.

Daniel had an unusual childhood of being raised on a pig farm in the country near Tiverton Ontario. His mother developed Paranoia Schizophrenia when he was a child. This caused the family to blow apart leaving Daniel and his mother to take care of each other growing up.

While in High School, his mother’s condition worsened changing their roles from Daniel being the child to Daniel being the parent. Daniel has very difficult memories. His mother went downhill. Daniel has had a loaded shotgun on his face with his mother ready to pull the trigger. His mother not recognizing him. Daniel had to talk her out of it with his life in the balance of the paranoid delusion. Daniel has a strong objection to guns and feels uneasy when hearing guns go off in person. We are close to a gun range where we live and the shots take him back to that moment.

Due to Daniel’s younger years, he understands full what mental illness is and the struggles associated to it. He prefers not to discuss this topic freely as it’s very personal to him.

Through all the turmoil, he realized that education was needed. With taking care of his mother he graduated high school and moved onto to Wilfred Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo. His mother was moved to a group home in Wiarton Ontario. He would visit and take her out nearly every weekend. Despite her challenges, Daniel remained at his mother’s side.

Daniel’s mother suffered a stroke in her 50’s which landed her in a permanent nursing home in Walkerton Ontario for nearly 10 years. She died in 2008, a year before meeting Mikey. Daniel has no surviving family members. He is the last in the line. The entire family has died at early ages which is somewhat unusual.

Daniel has worked as organist and music director for three churches, one church for nearly eight years. He is classically trained and prefers traditional music over contemporary. Churches over the years have moved away from the traditional element, musically speaking. In our region, these types of positions are considered volunteer and the appreciation of music and attendance in churches has fallen dramatically. The volunteering element has rendered Daniel’s profession to be non-paying position, essentially leaving him without a paying job. Daniel may from time to time sub for Sunday once in a while for an organist but realized his career choice is becoming obsolete.

In 2011, Daniel has moved away from music from being his profession to be an active role of The Crochet Crowd. Though Daniel prefers the music for his passion and enjoyment, times must move forward so he doesn’t obsolete himself professionally speaking.

Daniel also works at Rivers Edge Garden Centre and Landscaping part time. He an extraordinary gardener and reads gardening books just for fun. His knowledge of plants and landscape is phenomenal. Truth be told, he should really be working in this industry over all others, including The Crochet Crowd, as this is where his passion is. However, he doesn’t want to turn his passion into a job that he may come to dislike over the years.

Over Mikey and Diva Dan, Diva Dan is more artistic, creative and excellent with future trends. Together, Mikey and Diva Dan make up a great couple who work to each other’s strengths to deliver what we know as The Crochet Crowd today.

19 thoughts on “Diva Dan – Daniel Zondervan Biography

  • March 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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    Daniel,
    What an incredible yet profound sad story. I grew up in a very abusive childhood, and watched my father put guns literally up to my mother’s head routinely. Sadly back in those days domestic violence against women and children was ignored by the authorities. When my mom finally found the courage to escape, we traveled more than 2,000 miles and went into hiding with the help of my uncle.
    Glad you found a passion for music, I’m sure it brought you a lot of peace in your earlier years. It’s wonderful how creative you are in multiple ways.
    Thanks for sharing your painful story with us, as many of us can relate. I love you guys at the Crochet Crowd, you all are truly amazing, creative, humorous, and caring. May God bless you for the wonderful work that you do, as you touch so many lives.

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  • September 14, 2016 at 11:23 am
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    Great Bio!!!! (I like to say what my profession is! Pharmacy Technician and that I am not a English/Editor major!!!) LOL Thanks for your story!! Mental illness is a huge epidemic! That has been hidden for way too long! From a family full of crazy I feel we not only share similar liking’s like crochet, but we all are human and not anyone or family is perfect!!! It takes a lot to share such personal info! Thanks for that! Love you guys!!! so so much!

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  • March 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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    Awesome. Thank you both so very much for sharing your life and talent with all of us.

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  • February 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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    Loved your piano playing Daniel; you are a true professional.. I would love to have a CD!!
    You and Mikey are a great team and you are lucky to have each other. I adore The Crochet Crowd. Thank you.
    Valerie

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  • February 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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    I loved and was moved by both of your life journeys.. Mikey, you have taught me so much and enabled me to crochet many beautiful afghans along with other items. Thank you both so very much for creating Crochet Crowd! May God bless and keep you both.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 4:01 am
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    I loved both yours and Daniels bio’s. I must say you both are talented in your own ways and I really must give great credits to Daniel for accomplishing all that he has done in his life given the difficulties he has endured and faced. I could sit and listen to him play any of his instruments and enjoy every minute of it. He really puts his heart into his music and you can feel it. As for you Mikey I love crocheting with you and have learned a lot of new stitches and techniques watching your videos. Long live The Crochet Crowd and thank you both so much for what you put into it. Blessings to all involved in the making of this program and many more years of success .
    Sincerely a fan,
    Laurel Nikolic.

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  • January 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm
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    Since you ask if you were Bang On or not – I think the biography would be far more powerful if it were better written. The grammar and sentience structure leave a lot to be desired, professionally speaking. Living with a family full of mental illness, and raised by a mother who suffered severe abuse as a child (all of her sisters and step siblings did as well), I can relate to this – but again, I think it would be stronger if better written. (Again – since you asked….)

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    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      January 27, 2015 at 8:20 am
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      My grammar and etc is terrible. I know that. The Crochet Crowd is a free service and I do my very best. I am unable to afford an editor to go over my writing. I’m sorry about that.

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      • February 11, 2015 at 7:03 am
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        Maybe Lynn would volunteer to be your editor!

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  • January 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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    I am trying to find the extended moss pattern that Diva Dan gave to Michael and Michael put on video so I can print it out and keep, can you PLEASE send me a copy? Please. I have look everywhere I can think of and can’t find one.

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  • January 1, 2015 at 10:55 am
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    I DONT WANT A CROCHET RUG TO SLIDE, WHAT TO PUT UNDERNEATH … TO STOP BEING SLIPPERY ?

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    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      January 1, 2015 at 11:31 am
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      There is gripping liquid you can pour on the underside the rubberizes the bottom. Just google it… I believe it’s possible Walmart might have something like this in their craft section as well. 😀

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    • January 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm
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      At Home Depot you can buy a spray on or paint on liquid called Plasti Grip or something…. I believe it comes in a couple of colors. I spray it on the bottom of crocheted slippers.

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  • November 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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    Bang on !! Of course. Your Bio brought tears to my eyes to learn of all you have been through ~ but also joy to learn of all you have accomplished regardless of what you have been through. Am so sorry to hear of your Mother passing.

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    • October 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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      Umm, that would be bang on. Sorry!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    What strength and the power of love you have Daniel. Hold your head high young man. You’ve touched a lot of lives and your work very much appreciated. Mikey is very fortunate to have you as his partner in life!

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