Diane Kalen–Sukra MA, CMC is an author, speaker, sustainable community builder and consultant to local governments and community leaders as founder of her firm Kalen Consulting.
Over the past 25 years, her passion for building healthy communities has taken her across the country in leadership roles from CBC television producer, national union representative, entrepreneur, community organizer to local government management official in BC municipalities.
During her time as CAO of a small rural community she led her team to winning the coveted national FCM Sustainable Communities Award in Asset Management among many other prestigious awards. An innovative sustainable community planning process and document she spearheaded was distinguished as the first of its kind to enshrine human assets – employees, contractor and volunteers – as vital to sustainable service delivery.
Diane is a graduate of University of Toronto’s political science and philosophy program and hold’s a Masters degree in political science from York University.
She writes a monthly column called Civic Academy for national magazine Municipal World and is the author of the soon to be published book, Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community and What to Do About It (www.SaveYourCity.ca)
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