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 About Diane

Diane was born with the gift of encouragement and desire for everyone to thrive and meet their potential. Her core belief is that as social beings, we flourish in healthy sustainable communities where good governance, servant leadership and compassionate culture support the well-being of all. 

Over the past 30 years, this passion has taken Diane across the country in senior leadership roles in countless communities as CBC television producer, documentary maker, columnist and blogger, entrepreneur, community organizer, national representative of Canada's largest public sector organizations, to multi-award winning municipal Chief Administrative Officer.

Diane is a keynote speaker, coach and author of two books. She is also a media commentator, founder of Kalen Consulting and subsidiary Kalen Academy which offers civic leadership training. Diane is an educator and certified culture transformation consultant with the Barrett Values Centre, certified Emotional Intelligence EQ-i 2.0 practitioner and certified compassionate integrity facilitator with Life University's Centre for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics.


She  is a graduate of University of Toronto's Trinity College political science and philosophy specialist undergraduate program and holds a Master's Degree from York University in political science. She has municipal law and administration training from the University of Victoria and is a Certified Municipal Clerk with the International Association of Municipal Clerks. 

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Save Your City - exclusive edition for local government
Save Your City - Diane Kalen-Sukra

Toxic culture is eroding our sense of belonging, community and well-being. Our capacity to collaborate and innovate together is also being undermined by the rising incivility and divisiveness. 
We need each other to address the complex challenges facing our cities and communities -- from the infrastructure deficit to climate change, homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. In order to thrive, our local democracies depend on our ability to revive the art of living and working well together. 

In this thought-provoking and inspiring book, Diane Kalen-Sukra empowers community leaders and citizens to be part of the solution. She demonstrates what's involved by taking readers on a journey from Bullyville to Sustainaville, including an eye-opening visit to classical antiquity.
The successful journey includes a renaissance of civic values and civic education as vital to fostering the type of culture that can sustain us, our democracy and our planet.

Save Your City - Diane Kalen-Sukra

Exclusive Local Government Edition

Published by Municipal World


  • Forward by George B. Cuff

  • Workbook

Civic Resilience

In the annals of history, we have faced numerous trials and tribulations, but the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as an unparalleled crucible that tested the resilience of our civic institutions. While the challenges it presented were immense, the response and adaptation of local governments revealed a phenomenon of profound significance—a values revolution that catalyzed remarkable cultural change within municipalities.

Civic Resilience delves deep into this transformative period in our civic history. This e-book represents extensive research into local governance during one of the most unprecedented global crises of our time.


The book's aim is twofold: to comprehend the seismic shifts that COVID-19 initiated within local governments and to harness the invaluable insights for the betterment of our communities. In these pages, you'll explore how local governments navigated the pandemic's challenges, fostering innovation, empathy, and adaptability. These experiences exemplify servant leadership, compassion, and ethics—values that have been the bedrock of civic leadership.

The insights gleaned transcend the crisis, offering a roadmap for the future of local government marked by sustained transformation and resilience. This e-book is an exploration of civic resilience, a testament to the unwavering spirit of local governments, and a call to action for civic leaders to shape the future of our municipalities, illuminating the path to a brighter and more resilient civic future.

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