Councillor, West Ward (2)
Boards and Committees
- Heritage Whitby Advisory Committee
- Youth Council
About Councillor Newman
Deidre Newman was elected Councillor for West Ward 2 in 2018 for a four year term. Deidre was born in Whitby. When she was a student, her father served as the Mayor of the Town of Whitby for a decade and President of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities, and it was at that time that her interest in government crystallized.
Deidre earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen’s University, a Certificat de Langue Française Degré Supérieur from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Certificat d’Assiduité in International Law at the Hague.
As a young lawyer, Deidre was employed by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resource and served as a policy advisor on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, collaborating with Management Board of Cabinet, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Information and Privacy Commissioner. She also instructed Law Students on basic legal skills at the University of Toronto’s Student Legal Aid Clinic.
As an experienced lawyer, Deidre has had her own law practice in Whitby for more than twenty years and has served vulnerable people, focusing on family law in all its facets with the intersecting aspects of criminal law. As a result, she has dealt with society at every economic and social level and has interacted with every level of government.
As a community volunteer, Deidre received the Linda Adlam Manning Award for distinguished volunteer service at the Ontario Bar Association for her leadership in organizing annual events on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and received the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation Award for her longtime service to youth. Deidre is a certified YMCA Volunteer Fitness Instructor and has served as Chair of the YMCA Leadership Council, as Governor of the Board of Governors and has received the YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award for the GTA. An avid runner, she has completed the Boston Marathon and organized a team of Canadian Women runners who set a Guinness World Record in support of the YMCA Charitable Fund.
Deidre is the Vice Chair of the General Governance portion of Council’s Committee of the Whole and is the Mayor’s designate on the Whitby Youth Council and the Heritage Whitby Advisory Committee. She also serves as the Regional Council alternate for the Town of Whitby.
Having a close bond with her family, Deidre looks forward to continuing her father’s legacy and serving the people of our community with integrity, vision and hard work.