- Councillor's Corner
George Darouze 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 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 several 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 has held numerous positions with community groups, such as Social Director and President with the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club (OCSTC). As Club President, he was the representative on a committee to refurbish the Osgoode Pathway into a multi-use 21-kilometre recreational pathway. While leading 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. Furthermore, his passion for snowmobiling included him joining the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Board of Governors as the District 1 Governor.
George continues to commit a large amount of time to community events such as local BBQs, Irish and Fall Tea, numerous Halloween activities and the Osgoode Care Centre Easter Bunny and Santa visits. He also helps host the Breakfast with Santa jointly with the Greely Lions Club.
George’s volunteer work was recognized in 2011 when he received the Osgoode Ward Community Volunteer Award, and in 2012, when George became the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
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 a long eight months of campaigning and knocking on over 9,000 doors, Darouze was elected as a first time Councillor in the 2014 municipal election for Osgoode Ward. He won with 1,783 votes and 21.06% in a crowded race. Darouze was re-elected in the 2018 municipal election as the Councillor for Osgoode Ward with 4,653 votes and over 54% of the popular vote. Additionally, after his re-election, George was named Deputy Mayor of the City of Ottawa.
During his first term of council, he was the Vice-Chair of Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, as well as a sitting member of the Audit Committee, Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC), IT Sub-Committee and Transportation Committee. With his extensive work championing Ottawa Paramedic Services through CPSC, the Ontario Paramedic Association awarded him with an Appreciation Award in 2017.
Currently, George continues to sit on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Audit, and Transportation Committee, as well as IT Sub-Committee, while having added Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management Committee, and Finance and Economic Development Committee to his agenda.
Additionally, he sits on the Board of Directors for South Nation Conservation Authority (Chair), the Osgoode Care Centre, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the Shaw Centre. He also is the Ex-Officio for the Osgoode Ward Business Association (OWBA), a role he has held since its creation six years ago.
Finally, within the community, George is a long-standing member of the Greely Lions; Greely Legion; Osgoode Fish, Game and Conservation Club; and the Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club.