David WestDavid has proudly called Richmond Hill home for the majority of his life. During most of that time he and his family have also made their living in Richmond Hill through their family business. He has always felt that Richmond Hill is a great Town that continues to be a wonderful community to raise a family and call home.

David’s commitment to his community has been demonstrated through many volunteer activities in which he engaged beginning well before being elected to Council. Many of these volunteer activities are listed below. He firmly believes the goal of a strong and vibrant community will only be achieved through community involvement. He continues to contribute to the community through his role as councilor as well as his continuing participation in volunteer activities that benefit Richmond Hill.

David was appointed to Council to fill a vacancy in December 2013 and was later elected to his first full term of council in 2014. He continues to strive to make Richmond Hill the best community it can be for his fellow citizens. He firmly believes it is an honour and privilege to serve his community and to work in collaboration with residents to accomplish the community’s goals.

Official Council Responsibilities

  • Smart Commute Markham Richmond Hill Advisory Board Member
  • Richmond Hill Board of Trade Council Liaison
  • Civic Precinct Task Force Member
  • Heritage Richmond Hill Member
  • Heritage Centre Advisory Committee Member
  • People Plan Task Force Member
  • Youth Action Committee Council Liaison
  • Village of Richmond Hill Business Improvement Area Board Member
  • Mackenzie Health President’s Advisory Board Member

Other Current Volunteer Positions

  • Winter Carnival Committee Member (since 2011)
  • Mill Pond Splash Committee Member
  • Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra Board Member
  • Mackenzie Health Foundation Strides for Stroke Organizing Committee Member
  • Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival Founder
  • Pathways Toward Reconciliation Secret Path Screening and Event Committee Member

Past Community Volunteer Involvement

  • President Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO) 1999-2001
  • Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2004-2008
  • Chair of the Board Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce 2009-2010
  • Chair of Government Affairs Committee Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce 2011-2013
  • Mackenzie Health Hospital Foundation Major Gifts Committee Member 2003-2010
  • York Central Hospital Chair Community Gifts Committee 2010
  • Toronto Waldorf School Vice Chair of the Board 2008-2012
  • Town of Richmond Hill Yonge Subway Advisory Task Force, Community Member 2007 People Plan Official/Plan Strategic Plan Review, Community Member 2007 – 2009
  • Committee of Adjustment Member 2010-2013
  • Small Business Enterprise Centre Advisory Committee Member 2013
  • Summer Company Student Mentor 2013
  • Cultural Leadership Council 2013
  • Committee Member Mayors Endowment Fund for the Arts Gala 2010
  • Richmond Hill Public Library Photo Contest Judge 2009-present
  • Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Marketing Committee 2012
  • Volunteer Photographer Santa Claus Parade 2012
  • York Region Community Hub Community Liaison Member 2012-2013
  • Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre Advisory Committee 2013
    Active citizen participant in Richmond Hill Official Plan and Strategic Plan Processes 2008-2013
  • Early Harvest Youth Photography Competition Judge (Vaughan Library) 1997- 2014
  • Yellow Brick House Board Member 2010-2012

Professional Awards & Accomplishments

  • Professional Photographers of Ontario (PPO) Photographer of the Year 1997 and 1998
  • Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) Top Wedding Photograph in Canada 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
  • Craftsman Award (PPOC) 1998
  • Masters Award with 3 bars (PPOC) 1999
  • Ontario Citation for Service to Photographic Profession (PPO) 1996
  • Qualified Provincial and National Photography Judge PPO and PPOC 1999
  • Business Achievement Award (Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce) 2006
  • Vaughan RAVE Award – Art Mentorship Category 2010
  • Many Liberal Newspaper Reader’s Choice Award for Best Photographer (most recent 2017)


  • 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 Councillor