RAYLENE LANG-DION: PASSION. PUBLIC SERVICE. HEART.
Originally from St John’s NL, Raylene learned at a very young age the importance of family and community. This is what has driven her to dedicate her life to public service, both in her career as a federal public servant and in her personal time as a community activist.
Whether it is raising awareness of addiction and recovery in Ottawa as former Chair of Community Addictions Peer Support Association; helping youth-in-need by being a Foundation board member with Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa; or by promoting the election of more women in Canada as the former National Chair of Equal Voice: Electing Women in Canada – giving back to society is Raylene’s way of saying thanks for the opportunities she has been given.
Raylene has called Ottawa home for more than 25 years and in 2017 was named one of Catherine Clark’s 150 Great People of Ottawa.
She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a thesis on Women in Newfoundland Politics and an undergrad in Political Science from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Raylene lives in Alta Vista with her husband Patrick Dion, her children Claudia and James, and their Scottish terrier Miss D’Arcy.