Jacquelin Holzman

Jacquelin Holzman

Jacquelin Holzman is a former mayor of Ottawa (1991–1997), with more than 15 years’ experience in politics and over 25 years of voluntary service in the community. From 1956 to 1982, she was planner and developer of housing, employment and rehabilitation services for seniors and people with disabilities. She was chair of the board of directors for the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and played a leadership role in the development of mental health services and the planning for the new Regional Rehabilitation Centre. She served as chair of the Ottawa Congress Centre (now Ottawa Convention Centre) from 1998 to 2003; has been involved in fundraising for the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, the Food Bank, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI); and has served as a board member of the National Arts Centre, governor of Algonquin College and the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, chair of the OHRI (2002–2008), and vice-chair of the national board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance (2008–2010). In 2008, Jackie collaborated with other cancer survivors and produced a collection of their stories, entitled Death Can Wait. In June 2010, she became a member of the Advisory Council on National Security, and, in June 2012, she was elected chair of the Canadian Cancer Action Network. She is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and honorary chair of Breast Cancer Action. Co-author of Ottawa Then & Now, a 200-year retrospective of Canada’s capital city, she has received honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, and a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement.