Councillor, Ward 6
First elected in 2006, Councillor Godwin Chan, a lawyer by profession, has provided community leadership in a wide range of areas, including policing, education, public health and road safety for over two decades. He has served on the York Regional Police Services Board, the University of Toronto’s Academic Board and the Public Library Boards in Richmond Hill and Vaughan. As a volunteer, he helped found Richmond Hill Road Watch and served as the Founding Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. Councillor Chan is committed to fostering a sense of community belonging and promoting community safety.
As a strong advocate for extending Yonge subway to Richmond Hill, he champions for full Federal and Provincial funding and works closely with others, including the Yonge North Group comprising local Councillors in Markham and Vaughan, to make this much-needed public transit project a reality.
Since elected by municipal peers to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Board of Directors in 2013, Councillor Chan has served on FCM Standing Committees on Community Safety and Crime Prevention, International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, and Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation.
He is a past recipient of the City’s Volunteer Achievement Award. In 2013, Councillor Chan was awarded the St. John Ambulance Priory Vote of Thanks from the Governor General of Canada for his volunteer work in helping to found the Youth Cadets Unit in Richmond Hill. In June 2016, Councillor Chan’s achievements were recognized and he received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for making a positive difference in Canada. In 2017, Councillor Chan was chosen as one of the Canada 150 Community Leaders.
At his fourth term on Council (2018-2022), Councillor Chan serves as the Chair of Economic Development Committee, the Chair of the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) Park Project Steering Committee and a member of the City’s Audit Committee. He has also served as the Chair of the Committee of the Whole, Deputy Budget Chief, and a member of Capital Sustainability Steering Committee. Having initiated with a Member Motion seeking recognition of the DDO as a National Historic Site in 2017, Councillor Chan takes great pride to celebrate with the community for having Richmond Hill DDO in Ward 6 designated by the Government of Canada as one of the newest National Historic Sites in 2019.