Mayor Bill Dingwall
Bill Dingwall was elected to the Office of Mayor on October 20, 2018.
Mayor Dingwall has enjoyed extensive careers in the public service, including 36 years with the RCMP where he served in a variety of operational roles including four years as the Ridge Meadows Chief of Police. In the last eight years with the RCMP, he held executive leadership roles, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent. His first term on Pitt Meadows Council began in 2014.
Mayor Dingwall has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer and charitable activities over the years, including Cops for Cancer, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, mission relief renovation work for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, and participating in the walk for Crossroads Hospice Society. He was also referee-in-chief for Ridge Meadows Hockey Association, refereed hockey, was a member of Rotary and coached hockey and competitive fastball.
Mayor Dingwall has a Bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University, a Law Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. (CPHR).
Mayor Dingwall and his wife Erna attended high school together and have been married 41 years. They first arrived in Pitt Meadows in 1984 and proudly call central Pitt Meadows home. They have two married children (daughter and son) and four grandchildren and are thrilled their families live in Pitt Meadows.
His hobbies include “the kids and grandkids”, gardening, camping, golf, carpentry/renovations and enjoying their recently restored 1970 Challenger originally owned in high school.External Boards & CommitteesJoint Police Liaison Committee
Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation (TransLink)
Metro Vancouver - Board of Directors
Municipal Insurance Association of BC
Pitt Meadows Airport Society Board of Directors
Councillor Mike Hayes
Councillor Mike Hayes was first elected to Pitt Meadows Council in 2018.
Pitt Meadows has been home to Councillor Hayes and his family for over 41 years. Since 1993, he has been an active volunteer in many of Pitt Meadows activities and committees. Some of his voluntary efforts include: 12 years as past President for the Pitt Meadows Community Foundation, Co-Chair for Canada Day and the City’s 100th Pitt Meadows Centennial Celebration, Past Chair and Co-Founder of our Annual Pitt Meadows Christmas event, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Festivals Committee, Pitt Meadows Day celebrations, Annual Pitt Meadows Chinese New Year celebrations, Children’s Wish Foundation, Alicia’s Wish Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Katimavik National Youth service program, and the “Eagles in the City” Charity Art Project.
Councillor Hayes was nominated for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Service Award and has received certificates of appreciation for his volunteerism from both Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. A proud moment was being selected to carry the 2010 Olympic Torch into Spirit Square.
At the young age of 16, he accepted his first position as an employee of the Pitt Meadows Airport. His drive to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills would be realized as he became the owner of his own construction and Development Company. Councillor Hayes furthered his education by attending university where he studied computer science; ultimately, accepting a position as a Business Intelligence Programming Analyst where he obtained numerous certifications, including Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). Councillor Hayes continues to work as operations supervisor for a large crown corporation.
At the age of 19, Councillor Hayes purchased his first home in Pitt Meadows where he raised his children Shaun, Jaimee and Ryan.External Boards & CommitteesFraser Valley Regional Library Board
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Community Services Council
Pitt Meadows Day Society
United Way of the Lower Mainland
Councillor Nicole MacDonald
Councillor Nicole MacDonald was elected to Pitt Meadows City Council in 2018, and is is excited and grateful for the opportunity to represent the citizens of Pitt Meadows.
Councillor MacDonald proudly calls Pitt Meadows home where she lives with her husband Garett, her daughters: Aden and Gracie, and her parents.
Previously, Councillor MacDonald was a Vancouver Police Officer and then earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Legal Studies from Simon Fraser University. In 2013, she opened a Notary practice in the heart of Pitt Meadows. Professionalism and compassion are the core values she has built her business on; and she always strives to shop and hire local.
Councillor MacDonald is a Director of the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society and actively participates in local fundraising events and initiatives. She loves cheering on her daughters at their sporting events, and enjoys family time such as biking, playing, or walking their dog Arlo at the local parks, and dykes.
Pitt Meadows is unique and stunning because of its environment and diverse attributes such as the mountains, rivers, farm land, airport, Osprey Village and amenities. For Councillor MacDonald, it is the people in the community that make it so special. Councillor MacDonald and her family treasure the friendships and relationships they have established in Pitt Meadows.
Councillor MacDonald believes that innovative smart growth is vital for a healthy community and economy. She believes strongly that we all must work together to preserve what makes this community special and plan for our children’s future.Council CommitteesAdvisory Design Panel
Agricultural Advisory CommitteeExternal Boards & CommitteesAlouette River Management Society (ARMS) (Alternate)
Chamber of Commerce - Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows (Alternate)
Joint Police Liaison Committee (Alternate)
Municipal Insurance Association of BC (Alternate)
Pitt Meadows Airport Society Board of Directors
UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Community Advisory Board
Councillor Bob Meachen
Councillor Bob Meachen was elected to Pitt Meadows Council in 2018.
Councillor Meachen and his wife Pauline were born in the UK and moved to Canada in 1988 with their two children Ben and Sarah-Jane. The family became Canadian citizens in 1992. Their first home was in north Surrey. In 1990, they moved to Abbotsford where they continued to raise their family. They became foster parents to many children, including Brian who was welcomed into the family.
In 2003, Councillor Meachen relocated to Ontario to continue his career as the Business Manager and later as the President of a division of a major US corporation. When retirement became an option in 2013 (after 40 years), they decided to return to BC to be closer to their children. After searching, they chose Pitt Meadows as the place to call home. Life was further blessed with the arrival of two grandchildren, now ages two and five.
Both Councillor Meachen and his wife are avid supporters of local sports organizations. Councillor Meachen is past President of Abbotsford Soccer Association and coached soccer and baseball for many years while also obtaining FIFA referee certification.
Since 2013, he has spent most Tuesday evenings in the Council Chambers engaged in the dialogue of the city. He advocates for the local community. Councillor Meachen continues to be engaged in events and local issues and was elected as a member of the Pit Meadows Airport Advisory Committee in 2017.
As an avid musician, he enjoys playing guitar and keyboards with his musician friends. Bob and Pauline enjoy time they spend with grandkids and watching sports, and of course living in the “Natural Place”.Council CommitteesAdvisory Design Panel (ADP) (Alternate)
External Boards & CommitteesFraser Health Municipal Regional Meetings (North Region) (Alternate)
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Youth Centre Society (Alternate)
Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility & Inclusiveness (MACAI) (Alternate)
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Community Advisory Board (Alternate)
Councillor Tracy Miyashita
Councillor Tracy Miyashita has served on Pitt Meadows Council since 2008.
Born and raised in Manitoba, Councillor Miyashita moved to BC to attend university and lived in the Lower Mainland and Prince George before settling in Pitt Meadows, where she has lived for the past 18 years and raised her son Simon.
Councillor Miyashita has a Bachelor of Leadership and Management from BCIT and a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University. She brings a wealth of experience of working in various sectors including not-for-profit, local governments, First Nations, and has operated a first-aid training business. She currently works as a consultant in the health sector for the Divisions of Family Practice and Doctors of BC.
Councillor Miyashita loves the natural places in Pitt Meadows and enjoys hiking, kayaking on the river and running on the dikes. The Katzie people and the Fraser River hold a special place in her heart—this is where she learned canning, fishing, hanging nets and listened to teachings from her grandfather.
Councillor Miyashita is proud of the citizen engagement in Pitt Meadows and the way that the community rallies to help each other out. She looks forward to continuing to be a voice for the residents over the next four-year term on Council.External Boards & CommitteesFraser Health Municipal Regional Meetings (North Region)
Joint Program Committee for Integrated Flood Hazard Management (Fraser Basin Council)
Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation (TransLink) (Alternate)
Metro Vancouver - Board of Directors (Alternate)
Municipal Insurance Association of BC (Alternate)
Pitt Meadows Day Society (Alternate)
Councillor Gwen O'Connell
Councillor Gwen O’Connell was first elected to Pitt Meadows Council in 1993, serving until 2005. After a three year break, she ran again in 2008 and was re-elected and served until 2014. After another three year break, Gwen was re-elected in 2018 and is eager to get going with the new Council.
Councill O'Connell has been married to Paul for the last 45 years. They had two children. Their daughter, Kristina, passed away from Leukemia in 2002, leaving behind two girls. Jason, their son, lives in Parksville with his wife and three kids.
She has worked with seniors over the past 16 years in all stages of their lives. Councillor O'Connell is a serving member on the board of directors for the Friends in Need Food Bank.
Councillor O'Connell has been involved with numerous public services groups including: Ridge Meadows Hospice, Pitt Meadows Day Committee, Christmas in the City, Pitt Meadows Lions and she has successfully chaired and run a community food drive for the last four years.External Boards & CommitteesAlouette River Management Society (ARMS)
Chamber of Commerce - Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association
Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility & Inclusiveness (MACAI)
Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society (Alternate)
Councillor Anena Simpson
Councillor Anena Simspon was elected to Pitt Meadows in 2018.
She and her husband, David, were born and raised in Metro-Vancouver. Their long-term friendship, led to marriage nearly twenty-five years ago. In those early days, they lived and worked in an orphanage in Mexico, where David helped build a medical facility and Anena cared for the babies.
They have four children; Davey, Daniel, Nathan and Grace. Their fun-loving family is characterized by laughter and they are grateful to be part of the friendly community of Pitt Meadows.
Counsellor Simpson has led community initiatives such as the Rising Eagle Reconciliation Concert, Bereavement Services and other Emotional Wellness events. She has served as a pastor and hospital chaplain and is a founding member of the Pitt Meadows Prayer Group. She is also the office manager of their family business.
As a young political science student, Councillor Simpson was elected as the Douglas College Student Society President and to the Canadian Federation of Students National Executive. It was her dream to one day run for public office. Recently that dream was realized when she gave up her position as a Pastor to seek election as a Pitt Meadows City Councillor.
Councillor Simpson is delighted to have the opportunity to serve her community in this new role. She is looking forward to a dynamic partnership with the terrific group of men and women who form our City Council.
Joint Program Committee for Integrated Flood Hazard Management (Fraser Basin Council) (Alternate)
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Community Services Council (Alternate)
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Youth Centre Society
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society (Alternate)
United Way of the Lower Mainland (Alternate)