David WestA Richmond Hill resident for more than 20 years, David was appointed to Council on December 4, 2013 to fill the vacancy created when Councillor Foster stepped down and was recently elected in October 2014 to continue as Councillor for Ward 4. David is honoured to be able to serve his community as a local Councillor. He looks forward to nurturing the many, many great things about Richmond Hill and also helping to bring about change where it is needed.

David has served the residents of Richmond Hill for years as a local business owner. He has demonstrated leadership through positions with the Professional Photographers of Ontario, as well as through various positions with the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce. He has been Chair of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, a member of the Board of Directors and also served as Chair of the Chamber.

A committed contributor to his community, David has volunteered with Yellow Brick House, Mackenzie Health and the Toronto Waldorf School.

Before becoming a Councillor, David served on numerous Richmond Hill committees and task forces, including:

  • Yonge Street Subway Task Force
  • Cultural Leadership Council
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • RHCPA Marketing Committee
  • Community Hub Liaison Committee
  • Richmond Hill Council Compensation Committee
  • Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee
  • The Mayor’s Arts Endowment Fund Gala Committee
  • Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre Advisory Committee

David was also an active participant in the public consultations held during the development of Richmond Hill’s Official Plan and Strategic Plan 2010-2014.

David currently sits on the following Town of Richmond Hill Committees:

  • Heritage Richmond Hill
  • Richmond Hill Heritage Centre Advisory Committee
  • Downtown BIA
  • Youth Action Committee
  • Civic Precinct Task Force
  • People Plan Task Force

A husband and father, David calls Ward 4 home and looks forward to serving his fellow residents as their local Councillor.
David West


David’s Resume


High School Graduation Diploma from Langstaff Secondary School

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education University of Toronto University


Professional Work Experience

Teacher Junior Intermediate and Senior Grades

Self Employed Photographer – West Photo Inc.

Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councilor


Volunteer Experience

1. Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO)

President and various other leadership positions at the local and provincial level

2. Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce

  Board Member 2004-2007

  2nd Vice Chair of the Board 2007- 2008

            1st Vice Chair of the Board 2008-2009

Chair of the Board 2009-2010

Chair of Government Affairs Committee 2005-2009 and 2010-2011

Government Affairs Committee Member 2011-2013


3. York Central Hospital/Mackenzie Health

Member of Major Gifts Committee 2003-2010

Photography services donated as “Official” Photographer 2003-Present

Chair Community Gifts Committee 2010-Present

Joy of Aging Gala Committee Member 2010-2012

Donor Recognition Wall Advisory Committee 2013


4. Toronto Waldorf School

Board Member 2005-2013

Development Committee Chair 2007-2011

Vice Chair of the Board 2008-2012


5. Town of Richmond Hill

Yonge Subway Advisory Task Force, Community Member 2007 – Present

People Plan Official/Plan Strategic Plan Review, Community Member 2007 – 2009

            Council Compensation Committee 2009-2010

Committee of Adjustment 2010-Present

Small Business Enterprise Centre Advisory Committee 2013-present

Summer Company Student Mentor 2013

Cultural Leadership Council 2013

Committee Member Mayors Endowment Fund for the Arts Gala 2010-present

Richmond Hill Public Library Photo Contest Judge 2009-present

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Marketing Committee 2012-Present

Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee Member 2011-Present

Volunteer Photographer Santa Claus Parade 2012-Present

Volunteer Photographer Ribfest, First Night, Canada Day, Crosby Family Fair 2013

Richmond Hill Village Core Business Improvement Area Community Board Member 2013-Present

Heritage Richmond Hill 2013-Present

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre Advisory Committee 2013-Present

Downtown BIA Board Member 2013-Present

Youth Action Committee 2013-Present

Civic Precinct Task Force 2013-Present

People Plan Task Force 2013-Present


6. Region of York

Community Hub Community Liaison Member 2012-2013


7. Other Organizations

Donations of time, photographic talent, and products to other organizations and charities too numerous to list in full, but including, Canadian Cancer Society, Vaughan Public Library Early Harvest Competition 1994-present, Richmond Hill Mayor’s Golf Tourney, Muki Baum Foundation, Yellow Brick House and Pathways (now called 360 Kids)


Photography, Business Awards and Accomplishments

Graduated Bachelor of Arts with Honours U of T 1989

Photographer of the Year (PPO) 1997 and 1998

Top Wedding Photograph in Canada (PPOC)1998

Top Child Photograph in Canada (PPOC) 2007

Tibor Horvath Memorial Award (PPO) 1997

2 Kodak Gallery Awards (PPO) 1997

3 Fuji Masterpiece Awards (PPO) 2007

LPPO and APPO designation (PPO) 1996

Business Achievement Award (Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce) 2006

Craftsman Award (PPOC) 1998

Masters Award (PPOC)1999

Masters Award 3 Bars (PPOC) 2000-Present

Ontario Citation for Service to Photographic Profession (PPOC) 1996

Qualified Provincial and National Photography Judge PPO and PPOC 1999

Early Harvest Youth Photography Competition Judge (Vaughan Library) 1997- Present

Invited to speak to various Professional Photography Groups across Ontario 1997-Present

Vaughan RAVE Award in the Art Mentorship Category 2010

4 Liberal Newspaper Reader’s Choice Award for Best Photographer (most recent 2014)

Richmond Hill Library Student Photo Judge 2011-Present