Having spent over 17 years serving the residents of Barrhaven as their municipal representative Jan Harder often states that for the majority of her life she has been, and continues to be, employed in the customer service industry.
Jan was a successful business professional prior to being elected in 1997 to the former City of Nepean council, and is now a recognized leader on council who has been proud to call Barrhaven home for over 30 years.
Jan has become known as a community builder and champion and has helped Barrhaven and Ottawa grow by working with local and national business leaders as well as City staff to secure the necessary infrastructure to support such growth. Jan believes the best way to build Ottawa is to balance growth while maintaining a high quality of life.
Jan’s current term on council includes being named Chair of the City’s Planning Committee; acting as Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Urban Library Council of North America; continuing to serve as a member of the Ottawa Police Services Board; returning to the board of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.; and sitting on the Finance and Economic Development Committee.
During her tenure on Ottawa council Jan has served in a number of roles on various committees and boards including acting as: Chair of the Ottawa Public Library for eight years; Chair of the Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee; Chair of the Committee of Revision and Court of Revision; Vice-Chair of the Emergency Protective Services, and Audit, Budget and Finance committees, Committee Chair of the Ottawa Community Land Development Corporation; a former Director of the Canadian Library Association; former President of the Canadian Library Trustees Association; Past-Chair of Energy Ottawa; past Director on the Bruyere and the Almonte Hospital Boards and Carleton Lodge long term care facility; Chair of Plasco's public advisory committee; Member of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's Task Force on Long Term Care.
Jan's annual golf tournament has raised over $400,000 for the Queensway Carleton Hospital and $100,000 for the Ottawa Public Library. Jan was also happy to lend her name to raise $80,000 for the South Nepean Autism Centre in support of families throughout the community. She is also proud to be a founding member and honourary Chair of Barrhaven’s SEVin, a charity, raising money annually for important equipment for the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Jan is married to Larry, has five daughters and has been blessed with seven grandchildren so far.