Derek was first elected to Council in 1996, and has been re-elected five times. Derek is a lifelong resident of Richmond – and a third-generation Richmondite, who is now busy raising the fourth generation.
Derek went to school at Richmond High and played hockey, baseball and lacrosse in Richmond. He studied at UBC, graduating in political science.
His family owned and operated a grocery store for almost 30 years and Derek continues to operate the real estate and property management business begun by his late father, as well as running his own real estate company.
Growing up in Richmond has been such a positive experience that Derek and Margaret are now raising their children, Natalie and Zachary, here too. Both children – now teens – were born in Richmond Hospital, where Margaret works as a physician. Margaret and Derek are active members of the community and want to continue participating in the growth of the City of Richmond.
“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 has a special interest in the unique relationship between the RCMP and its municipal partners. It was Derek who requested the Richmond Policing Review consider the best fit for safety, effectiveness, economic impact and governance.
Derek is Vice 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 Intercultural Advisory Committee, the Richmond Heritage Commission, the Hamilton 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 Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Derek is proud of Richmond’s reputation as the Canadian city with the longest life expectancy. This is due in part to programs and services that engage seniors and keep them active, as well as the range of infrastructures that help make Richmond among the most appealing, livable and well-managed communities in Canada.
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