Currently Diane is the interim Executive Director for CreativeHub 1352 (formerly the Small Arms Society), a non-profit organization focussed on the arts, heritage and environmental initiatives in Mississauga. Previously she held the role of Chair for the Small Arms Society. Under her leadership and the support of her board, they successfully advocated for the renovation and establishment of a 1940’s, 43,000 sf’ industrial armament building into a creative cultural space for community use. (now the Small Arms Inspection Building)
Formerly Diane has held positions in senior government and the private sector utilizing her marketing, operations, project management talents in the sport, recreation, arts and culture sectors. She is a keen supporter of community driven approaches that engage people and foster positive changes at a local level.
Her career accomplishments include leading the development of numerous multi-million-dollar capital public infrastructure projects, enhancing organizational performance in large organizations, improving service delivery and developing programs and events that enhance peoples lives.
She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and completed the Schulich School of Business, Municipal Management program at York University. She has received past leadership awards and most recently was awarded the 2019 Community Leadership Award by the federal government for her work in the Mississauga community.
Diane’s personal love of the outdoors are expressed through her involvement in outdoor gardening and believes more should be done to support sustainable urban farming to improve the availability of locally grown produce. She is an avid hiker finding the joy of walking in nature to be one of the all-time simple pleasures in life. She has hiked 780 kilometres of the Camino Frances in Spain and enjoys hiking Ontario’s Bruce Trail system walking over 885 kilometres from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. She is a member of the Clarkson Society of Artists, paints regularly and enjoys exploring the creative process on canvas and through other hands on projects.