Born and raised in Ottawa, Denis has lived in the Centretown and Little Italy areas for more than 27 years.
Denis graduated high School from École Secondaire Louis-Riel and received a diploma as a Computer Programmer and Internet Specialist at CDI College. He is currently learning American Sign Language (ASL) at Algonquin College.
Denis is a proud federal public servant. Starting his career at the Canadian Sports and Recreation Centre and at Library and Archives Canada, he presently works at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
During his career, Denis also had an opportunity to work on Parliament Hill for two Members of Parliament. That experience solidified Denis’ interest in working with various communities across the country and cut through government red tape to resolve problems. Denis was humbled by the experience of working on Parliament Hill as he was able to work on issues that are important to and affect people in their daily lives. Some of the files he worked on included the arts, aboriginal culture, health, housing, childcare and early childhood education.
Denis is a strong community leader. Since his first volunteer experience as a young adult, he has volunteered for many local community based organizations such as the Centretown Citizens Community Association (Vice President), Bruce House, as well as sitting on a number of Board of Directors. He is extremely proud to have helped raise much needed awareness and funds for many important causes including Diabetes, not-for-profit long-term-care homes, HIV/AIDS, youth homelessness and theatre arts to name a few.
Denis founded and organized the first Diabetes Gala in Ottawa in support of sending local children with type 1 Diabetes to camp. The Mayor of Ottawa was on hand to declare it “World Diabetes Day in Ottawa”. This gala saw great attendance, and most importantly raised awareness and funds for a great cause in our city.
Denis sat on the City of Ottawa’s Parking Stakeholders Working Group representing community associations, the Community Services Advisory Committee as Vice-chair and chaired the Ottawa Police Service Liaison Committee for the GLBT Communities. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa and Regional Director of the Ontario GLBT Chamber of Commerce.
Denis has very deep roots in Ottawa going back a few generations. He is the proud son of Roger and Cécile (née Leblanc) Schryburt of Lowertown and brother to Ginette (Dufresne), Lynn (Delage), Monique (Schryburt) and Josée (Welsh). Denis also has eleven incredible nieces and nephews as well as four great-nephews.
Denis est très fier d’être un Franco-Ontarien.