Former councillor Diane Deans passes away

Former long-time Ottawa City Councillor Diane Deans died Tuesday.

A statement says she passed surrounded by family, following a five-year battle with ovarian cancer.

“Despite her diagnosis, Diane continued to live every day to its fullest with a fighting spirit, unwavering tenacity, courage and compassion,” the statement reads.

Deans served as an Ottawa city councillor for 28 years, representing Gloucester-Southgate Ward.

“We have heard from hundreds of people who have shared their stories of the incredible impact my mom had on their lives. My mom was my role model but also a role model for so many other girls and women, demonstrating that no dream is beyond reach, ” Deans’ daughter Megan McGovern said.

In 2022, Deans endorsed Jessica Bradley as the candidate for Gloucester-Southgate Ward, retiring from municipal politics.

Earlier this month, it was revealed Deans had entered palliative care.

A celebration of Diane’s life will take place Saturday May 25, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Infinity Convention Centre at 2901 Gifford Drive in Ottawa.

The memorial will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.

A book of condolences will be located at Ottawa City Hall and the Greenboro Community Centre on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd for the public to write messages of remembrance.

Ottawans are also invited to share their condolences by e-mail to

Current Gloucester-Southgate Ward Councillor Jessica Bradley said she would be making a statement to honour Deans during Wednesday’s council meeting, adding “This is a difficult time for everyone.”

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