Diane and her eight siblings were raised in a devout Catholic family; two of her sisters are nuns. Her early years were spent in a farming district in Saskatchewan; and she lived in Revenue and Saskatoon before moving to Lethbridge as a pre-teen.
After graduating from Lethbridge College, she worked for the Alberta Motor Association and City of Lethbridge. During her 36 years with the City, she coordinated advertising, processed school-age child care registrations and subsidies, and managed the City’s auto, property, and third party liability claims.
Diane tutors adult English language learning, is a member of the local Remembrance Day Committee, and occasionally volunteers for the Kinettes, soup kitchen, and food bank. In her free time, she enjoys baking, knitting, and reading.
She is a member of St. Ambrose Parish in Coaldale and served as Parish Council Chair and taught Sunday School. She currently serves as Eucharistic Minister, lector, collection counter, and on the Finance Committee.
When Diane was 27 years old, a dear friend invited her to join the CWL. Since then she has served her parish council as treasurer, president, past president, and membership administrator, along with several standing committee roles. When activities get frenzied, her friend often quips, “Aren’t you glad that I invited you to join the League!”
Diane values her experiences as Registration Chair for the 2016 Diocesan Convention in Lethbridge and on the Liturgy Committee for the 2019 National Convention in Calgary. She is enthusiastic about the League’s future and enjoyed working with four other members across Canada to develop the Strategic Planning resource, “The Joy of Leadership Through Engagement in Ministry” (resource #630 on the national website).
She was welcomed to Calgary Diocesan Council in 2017 and has chaired Resolutions, Communications, and the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee. She has now accepted the position of Treasurer and looks forward to enhancing her financial literacy skills while serving her sisters across the diocese.
Diane and husband Otto have been blessed with two children, Justin and Ashley, and three incredible grandsons: Kaison, Carter, and Jaden. She also feels blessed by the supportive sisterhood, comradery, and lifelong friendships that the League offers. Her mother was a member in Lethbridge and Sister Jean is a member in Stony Plain. Diane is grateful for the opportunities to enrich her faith and personal growth alongside other Catholic women in her parish, diocese, and country.