Derek went to school in the Richmond school system and he graduated from Richmond High in 1976 and went on to UBC and studied political science. He has worked as a realtor for the past 23 years, and has helped thousands of people discover and enjoy the City he loves and so proudly calls “home”.
Derek has grown up with deep roots in this community. His parents and grandparents instilled in him a deep appreciation for this community that provided so much to his family in terms of opportunity, liveability and most importantly, friends and neighbors and a sense of being part of a community.
Derek has kept as friends many of the people he had the pleasure of meeting while working at the family grocery store, Blundell Grocery, at Garden City and Blundell Roads. The family ran the business for 29 years before closing it in 1992. Derek was first elected to City Council in 1996 and he has served 4 terms as a City Councillor, providing him with extensive experience, background, knowledge and perspective of Richmond’s issues.
Derek is is a member of the following Standing and Select Committees of Council: Community Safety Committee (Vice Chair), General Purposes, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, the Public Works & Transportation Committees and the Finance Select Committee. He is the Council representative to the Council/School Board Liaison Committee, the Richmond Community Services Advisory Council, the Richmond Parking Advisory Committee, the Seniors Advisory Committee, the Olympic Oval Steering Committee, Richmond Economic Advisory Committee and East Richmond Community Association.
At the many meetings on the many committees served, Derek has demonstrated an ability to listen to his constituents and provide insight and perspective before making a final decision. His knowledge of Richmond and the issues along with his experience has helped guide Derek with a plan for future growth: He is proud to be part of the decision making that has brought to Richmond the Richmond Olympic Oval Project, the Garden City DFO lands and of course, the long awaited Canada Line transportation project. Promoting the economic strengths of Richmond and working to bring more services to Richmond via Metro Vancouver, provincial and federal governments are priorities. Liveability and striking a balance between development and provision of new services for a growing population and preserving green space remains Derek’s top priority. Richmond will continue to be a great place to live with Derek on City Council.
Making sure that the people of Richmond are well served and represented is always the goal of Derek. Servicing the needs of all people with disabilities, youth, seniors, and the sporting community are vitally important to this City. Derek and his wife Dr. Margaret Yeung, have 2 children and they look forward to raising them in this great City of Richmond. Derek’s goal is to make the City of Richmond be the best possible community to live, work and most importantly, raise a family.