Update on former City Councillor Diane Deans

May 2, 2024 | News Updates

Dear Gloucester-Southgate Ward,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Diane Deans, former long-time Ottawa City Councillor, has entered palliative care after a five year battle with ovarian cancer.

Those who know Diane, know that she is a fighter. Diagnosed in 2019, Diane has courageously fought this insidious disease and has been a pillar of strength throughout her journey. Her battle has been a public one and the support and outpour of love from the community has kept her strong.

As one of the longest serving Councillors in Ottawa’s history, Diane proudly represented the residents of Gloucester-Southgate Ward for more than 28 years. She dedicated her life to public service and her contributions to her community and the city are countless.

It is hard to imagine the City of Ottawa without Diane. Her passion, tenacity, and fearless spirit will forever be missed. Her resiliency is to be admired and her wisdom cherished. As she spends her remaining time with friends and family, there is no shortage of love and care.

Diane is a woman who has lived boldly, led fearlessly, had the courage of her convictions, and left her mark on this earth. Diane will be leaving behind a legacy that will long-serve to inspire us to strive to make this city a better place.

In recognition of Diane’s service to the City, Mayor Sutcliffe and I will be bringing forward a motion to Council to rename the Greenboro Community Centre in her honour. The Centre is just one of the many contributions that Diane has made and this recognition will serve to not only honour her memory but to remind us all of an amazing woman who truly made a difference.

Diane is in the expert care of physicians and nurses and is being supported by her loving husband, Ron Richards, daughter Megan and grandson Evan. Further details on her condition will be shared in time. As this is a difficult time, the family asks for respect for their privacy.

To send a message to Diane and family, please email diane.deans01@gmail.com.