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Ottawa Says 'Thanks' to Diane Holmes
Retiring city councillor hosted following Pride kick-off

DIANE Holmes, the 17-year municipal politics veteran who'll retire at the end of this year, was given a warm thank-you yesterday by the LGBT community at a small gathering over tea and cake which followed the Pride celebration kick-off at Regional Headquarters.

Regional Councillor Diane Holmes and Regional Chair Bob Chiarelli with retirement gift from Ottawa's Community
Holmes represents the city's core on Regional Council and has been a strong advocate for the Ottawa Community's rights repeatedly over the years.

Regional Chair Bob Chiarelli spoke highly of her, calling Holmes a "super star" among municipal politicians - who are often viewed with less admiration than their provincial or federal counterparts.

"She's knowledgeable, she's got a philosophical basis ... [and] she's an excellent debater," he told the gathering.

Holmes spoke with admiration herself to those present from the Community, saying "I remember way back with the City of Ottawa when you had to fight every year persistently to get the proclamation, you had to take the City to court, [to a] Human Rights Tribunal ... and here you are.  Commend Bob for raising that flag."

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Holmes was first elected to Ottawa city and regional councils in 1982.  She plans to retire from political life following the end of her current term in December and hopes to enjoy an active retirement life traveling, playing sports, catching movies and spending more time with family.