I am Diane Therrien, current Councillor for Town Ward (Ward 3) and candidate for Mayor of Peterborough in the upcoming Municipal Election on October 22, 2018.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, I declared my candidacy for Mayor because I believe in Peterborough and know that with new leadership we can create a strong and vibrant community together. In order to do that, and to support all of the things we love about Peterborough, we need to get back to the basics - jobs, taxes, and infrastructure. To read more about this, please download my full announcement speech.
“It is time to expect more from our elected leaders – more transparency, more consultation, and more careful planning.”
Since moving to Peterborough to complete her Master’s Degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University, Diane Therrien, 32, has been an engaged member of the Peterborough community. She has experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and has worked locally for the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, the YWCA, and Trent University.
Diane is currently a city councillor for Town Ward in the City of Peterborough, representing the heart of the city – its vibrant downtown, robust business and tourism community and active arts and culture scene.
Since her election in 2014, Diane has established herself as an active member of the community and is respected on Council for considering all sides of a given issue. Her work on Council consistently puts her at the forefront of social, environmental and business opportunities for citizens in her ward, and the city as a whole. Diane has successfully advocated for a more robust culture of consultation with the community – most notably around the sale of Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), when in 2016 she put forward a motion to establish a comprehensive community engagement process on the issue. She has sat on a number of city committees and boards including the Affordable Housing Action Committee, the DBIA and the Art Gallery of Peterborough.
In her spare time, Diane is the vice-president of the Peterborough Slo Pitch league and she can be seen in the city walking her two dogs Bean and Sprout, both rescued from the Peterborough Humane Society.
Diane was the recipient of the Trent University Alumni Association “Young Leader Award” in 2016, which recognizes young alumni who have shown outstanding leadership throughout their first 10 years of their career and/or community service.