Diane Deans was first elected to Ottawa City Council in November 1994, and in October 2010 Diane was re-elected to her sixth consecutive term. She proudly represents over 48,000 south-end residents who live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward.
Diane is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Diane made Ottawa home in 1982, when she assumed the role of Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of Students, and then moved on to work on Parliament Hill. Diane entered local politics because she believed she could make the greatest impact on her community.
From 2001 to 2010, Diane led the Community and Protective Services Committee – the City of Ottawa’s largest Standing Committee responsible for 47% of the City’s total budget. In her role as Chairperson, Diane provided oversight over housing and social services, public health, emergency and protective services and parks and recreation.
During her years on Council, Diane has served on numerous committees and boards, including, City Living (Ottawa’s Social Housing Board now renamed Ottawa Community Housing Corporation), the Ottawa Public Library Board, the Central Canada Exhibition Association Board, the Pine View Municipal Golf Course Board, the Ottawa Tourism Board and the Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Board.
Today, Diane is the Chairperson of the City’s Transit Commission and also sits on the Transportation Committee and the Finance and Economic Development Committee. She is an executive member of the Social Housing Services Corporation, a non-profit corporation committed to supplying Ontario’s housing providers and municipal service managers with programs that add significant value to their operations.
In 2006 Deans received the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award.