Former Ottawa city councillor Diane Deans enters palliative care

Following a five-year battle with ovarian cancer, former long-time city councillor Diane Deans has entered palliative care.

“Those who know Diane, know that she is a fighter,” Jessica Bradley, Gloucester-Southgate councillor, said in a statement. “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.”

Diane Deans represented Gloucester-Southgate Ward for more than 28 years and is one of the longest-serving councillors in Ottawa’s history.

“She dedicated her life to public service and her contributions to her community and the city are countless,” Bradley said. “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.”

Bradley and Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe 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,” said Bradley. “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.”

Bradley goes on to say that Deans is spending her remaining time with friends and family — surrounded by love and care.

“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.”

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