Derek first served on Council from 1996 to 2001, and was re-elected on November 16, 2002. He was again re-elected to Council on November 19 2005, November 15, 2008 and again on November 19, 2011.
Derek is a lifelong resident of Richmond. He’s a third generation Richmondite, who’s now busy with the fourth generation! His Family owned and operated a family grocery store for almost 30 years. Derek went to school and played hockey, baseball and lacrosse in Richmond. He went to UBC and majored in Political Science. As a proud citizen of Richmond, he’s been honoured to be able to serve on City Council for the past 14 years and proud to make a difference.
Growing up in Richmond has been such a positive aspect of Derek’s life that he and Margaret are now raising their children, Natalie and Zachary here too! Both children were born in Richmond Hospital, where Margaret works as a physician, in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Margaret and Derek are active members of the community and want to remain participating in the growth of the City of Richmond. Derek has property and business interests in Richmond as well
Derek has a special interest in the unique relationship between the RCMP and it’s municipal partners. It was Derek who requested the Police Model study to see what would be the best fit for Richmond. The idea was to open the options so we could understand as politicians the best fit for safety, effectiveness, economic impact, and governance model. Given the financial commitment Cities place on policing this only makes sense to invest in the best possible model.
“I want to see Richmond continue it’s reputation as being the Canadian City where it’s population has the longest life span. Furthermore, I embrace the vision of Richmond being the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada. This is my hometown and I want to make it the best place to live!”
Derek is Chair of the Community Safety Committee, and is a member of the following Standing Committees of Council: Finance; General Purposes and Public Works and Transportation. He is the Council representative to the Economic Advisory Committee; the Richmond Parking Advisory Committee; the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee, the Richmond Heritage Commission; the West Richmond Community Association; the Richmond Public Library Board (alternate); and the Minoru Seniors Society.
Most recently, Derek has been named Chair of the Minoru Major Facility Building/Project Advisory Committee.