Doug was born in Ottawa but is a long-time resident of Kitchener. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Biology from UW, followed by a BEd from UWO. He is married, with two children who both attended WRDSB schools. His wife, Mary Ann, is a RN at St. Mary’s Hospital. They live in Forest Heights.
Doug recently retired from 30 years with the Waterloo Region District School Board, working first as a teacher and then a vice-principal. He worked at schools in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Wilmot and Woolwich. Doug was co-chair of the inREACH Street Gang Prevention Project until it closed in December 2013. But in his newly retired days, time has very quickly filled with important work such as Out of the Cold, Nutrition for Learning, Forest Heights Community Association and the Safe & Healthy Community Advisory Committee for the City of Kitchener. And, wisely, Doug connects all his work to being an all-around ambassador for Friends of Crime Prevention – it really is about connection.
Excerpts from Doug’s Better Choices Questionnaire
“I feel that as an organization it is vital to build positive relationships with all employee groups. By listening and seeking input, before collective bargaining is taking place, the relationships that are needed to for positive collective bargaining to take place will be established, and provide the foundation for positive labour relations.”
“As an elected trustee it would be my duty and commitment to do my best to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion for all groups that have been traditionally under-represented or excluded. I would seek out opportunities to do so and become involved with these groups in the greater community. I would strive to protect special education funding in any budget discussions.”
“We need to drill deeper into why the school is not doing as well, look at the socio-economic factors, the rate of student movement between schools, the rate of staff turnover, only looking at EQAO results do not do all our students the level of service that they deserve. I would strive to push the WRDSB to examine and include as many factors as possible into account when making decisions regarding supports to promote student achievement.”
“Youth are our future, well informed, engaged youth are the cornerstone of ensuring a livable and sustainable community. We have the opportunity at early age to start the process of developing an understanding and appreciation of livable spaces and improved active transportation.”
“I am passionate about youth and my community. I am a committed volunteer, focusing on helping those who need the help the most in our community. As a trustee with the WRDSB I would dedicate myself to serving as an advocate for all students and parents, with a focus on those at risk students, who were my passion when I was an educator with the WRDSB. I know that I can do the job and will be an effective, empathic, trustee for the city of Kitchener and the Region of Waterloo.”