Biography

Donna and her family.
Donna et sa famille.

Biography

After staying at home to raise my four children for 12 years, I chaired Councillor Rainer Bloess’ election campaign in 2003. After winning the election, Rainer offered me a permanent position in his office which I proudly held for six years, until 2009. Working primarily on constituency concerns and planning and development issues, I gained a tremendous amount of experience about what matters most to residents in Innes Ward. Having learned from the best, I am now proud to say that Rainer Bloess is wholeheartedly endorsing my campaign!

In May 2009, I left the City of Ottawa to accept an opportunity working at the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at the University of Ottawa. The experience that I gained at the DFM has been invaluable: project management, communications plan development and strategic planning. My proudest achievement at the DFM is having led a team of dedicated physicians and staff in receiving accreditation from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Most recently, I have been working in Councillor Tim Tierney’s office. Tim was in need of a bilingual, experienced person who could ‘hit the ground running’, a role that I was happy to fill. I thank Tim for his support and encouragement to run for a seat at the Council table.

Throughout these years, I have always been actively involved in my community. For ten years, I was the President of the School Council at L’École élémentaire publique Le Prélude in Chapel Hill South (from which my four children graduated to then attend L’École secondaire publique Louis-Riel in Blackburn Hamlet). This role allowed me to develop my leadership skills in terms of decision-making, consensus building and priority setting which I successfully achieved with respect, diplomacy and integrity. I have also been the President of the Chapel Hill South Community Association for the last three years (Vice-president for seven years before that) and sat on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Mer Bleue.

My son Dennis received a stem-cell transplant which cured his leukemia in 2005. From 2013 to 2016, I became the Regional Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank. For obvious reasons, this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. For the last four years, my family and I, with a wonderful team of volunteers, have also organized the ‘Gudbranson Celebrity Golf Classic’ to raise close to $150,000 for this important cause.

Ottawa is my home. I care deeply for my community and look forward to ‘giving back’ by hopefully serving as your ward councillor after the next election.

Nomination Announcement

Candidate for Innes Ward

Dear friends and neighbours,

My name is Donna Leith-Gudbranson and I am excited to announce that I am running for City Councillor for Innes Ward in the upcoming municipal election.

For years now, my family and I have lived in the warm and caring community of Innes Ward. We have been blessed with great neighbours, wonderful schools, and a flourishing business community. I have had the distinct pleasure of serving with many of you in this community in both a volunteer capacity and during my time at City Hall working for Councillor Rainer Bloess.

I am the proud mother of four magnificent bilingual children, all born and raised in Orléans: Erik (26), Alex (23), Dennis (20) and Chantal (18). My husband, Wayne, and I have lived in Chapel Hill South for 25 years. The Orléans Community has given so much to my family, in so many ways: education, sports and community care when one of my sons was critically ill. With my adult children off successfully pursuing and living their own dreams, it is now time to give back!

Serving as your voice at City Hall would be an incredible honour and I am looking forward to spending the next few months listening to your concerns and earning your trust as I canvass our neighbourhoods.

I want to thank you all for the years of support and love that this community has bestowed upon my family.

Sincerely,

Donna Leith-Gudbranson