I was born and raised in Camillus, daughter of Helen and Al Myrdek, former Mayor of Camillus. My grandparents worked and retired from the Camillus Cutlery. My late-husband and I raised our son here, who now has two children of his own.
I graduated from West Genesee Sr. High School in 1964, received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Niagara University, a Master’s in Adult Education from Morehead State University and graduate credits in Business Administration from Chapman College.
Prior to retiring from the NYS Department of Health after 27 years in March 2003, I participated in the development of the Bioterrorism Preparedness Plan and the implementation of the smallpox plan for CNY.
I served on active duty during the Vietnam era from 1966-73 in the US Army Nurse Corps. After serving on active duty I joined the reserves and in 1994 retired from the 376th Combat Support Hospital Reserve Unit as a Lieutenant Colonel. I served a combined total of 24 years in the Army reserve and on active duty.
Currently I am active in the American Legion – Knifetown Post #1540; the Central Counties Professional Nurses Association, serve as a member of the Council on Legislation of the NYS Nurses Association, on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Metro League of Women Voters as Treasurer, CNY NOW Board of Directors and the Onondaga and Camillus Democratic Committees.
I have been involved in the political process since elementary school, either working on my father’s campaigns, other campaigns or my own. I served six years as a Camillus Town Councilor (2002-2007).
The future of this county and the impact the political process has on that outcome is very important to me. Change will come through hard work and perseverance. All politics are local and I encourage everyone to take an active role in shaping the future.
I have used the quote below several times – it’s simple but says a lot.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt.
The future is ours, and the dream is victory in November. What could be more beautiful?-Diane Dwire