Residents of Osgoode Ward elected George Darouze to Ottawa City Council in October, 2014. He immediately became a strong and effective voice for the residents of the Ward. His passion for a strong community, for a strong rural economy, and for high quality rural life within the city, together with his skills for getting things done through working cooperatively, listening, and involving all affected parties, make him an effective representative of Osgoode Ward.
George immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 1990 and has lived in the Ottawa area since that time. He and his wife Sue quickly became comfortable with the Ottawa lifestyle and decided Greely was the best place to raise their two sons, John and Tony. George and his family, including his parents (John and Teresa), two brothers (Tony and Elie) and sister (Mariane), are all proud to call Ottawa home.
George is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He has a degree in Telecommunications from ALBA University and has pursued Continuing Education in the subject of electronic training in voice/data and wireless communication sales.
Before being elected to office, George held a number of managerial positions with telecommunications companies, including Eastern Region Sales Manager for Worldlynx Wireless, and Director of Business Development for the Ottawa-Toronto Region for Smart Cell Communications.
George is proud of his extensive involvement in the Ottawa community. He has volunteered with the Greely Winter Carnival, the Osgoode Village and Metcalfe Santa Claus Parades, the Vernon Arts and Crafts Show, and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. He is on the executive of the Greely Lions Club, a member of the Greely Legion, and on the Board of Directors of the Osgoode Care centre.
George has also held the positions of Social Director and President with the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club (OCSTC). As Club President, George was the representative on a Committee to refurbish the Osgoode Pathway into a multi-use 21-kilometre recreational pathway. During his term as President of the OCSTC, the organization received Provincial, Canadian and North American “Club of the Year” awards. In 2011, George was personally awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.
George’s volunteer work was also recognized in 2011 when he received the Osgoode Ward Community Volunteer Award, and in 2012 when he became a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal recipient.
Before he became a Member of Council, George engaged his strong interest in municipal politics by serving as a committee member in various community campaigns, as well as by participating in consultation on the City of Ottawa Official Plan Review (2013) and on the Transportation Master Plan (2013).
After George became a Member of Council, in order to better connect with the people in his Ward he created the Osgoode Ward Advisory Committee (OWAC), which consists of leaders from many Ward organizations such as community associations, business associations and service clubs to name a few. OWAC meets on a regular basis to be briefed on current city issues with updates as well as to give feed back and opinions to George for his action.
George was also involved with setting up the Osgoode Ward Business Association(OWBA) as well as the Osgoode Ward Charitable Programs (OWCP). He continues as an Ex-Officio member of the executive for both organizations, under the rules and with the consent from the Office of the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Ottawa. OWBA brings together the businesses of Osgoode Ward that enables them to deal with the City in the capacity of a Business Improvement Area (BIA). OWCP raises funds and disburses them to charitable groups in the Ward, such as the Osgoode Care Centre and the Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) along with many more.