Mayor John Becker

John Becker was first elected to Pitt Meadows Council in November of 2002. After a 3-year absence in 2011, he returned as Mayor in 2014.

John has been a resident of this region for 35 years. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to West Vancouver in 1967. He attended UBC and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and a Law Degree in 1980. After articling at a law firm in Maple Ridge, he launched his own practice in 1981, later relocating his law practice to Pitt Meadows in 1993.

John has also completed the Local Government Leadership program at Royal Roads University, a Family Enterprise Advising accreditation from UBC Sauder School of Business, and is completing his MBA from SFU Beedie School of Business. He is also a Certified Mediator and Facilitator.

John has been very active in his community including volunteering his time for the Parks & Leisure Services Commission, the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, the Pitt Meadows Community Foundation, the Economic Development Advisory Commission, and the Agricultural Advisory Board to name a few.

John is married to Terry and they have two adult children who are both pursuing post-secondary education. Terry is also an active community volunteer in her own right.

When John and Terry find spare time, they train for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, golf, and enjoy their other volunteer activities. Both consider themselves lifelong learners.

John is looking forward to serving his first four-year term as Mayor.

Coffee Chats with the Mayor

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesAdvisory Design Panel - 2nd Alternate
CP Rail Citizens Advisory
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council
Pitt Meadows Airport Interim Board of Directors
Appointments to Regional BodiesMetro Vancouver Aboriginal Relations
Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
Metro Vancouver Utilities
TransLink Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation

Councillor Bruce Bell

Bruce Bell was first elected to Council in November of 2008. He was born in Vancouver and has been a resident of Pitt Meadows for the past 35 years. Bruce is proud to say that he has three generations of his family now living in Pitt Meadows.

"Councillor Bell," as he is known at work, is the Director of the BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, which registers Health Care Assistant (HCAs) in order to protect vulnerable patients, residents and clients from abuse, and oversees educational institutes in BC that train HCAs to ensure they meet provincial standards. The Registry is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and it is the first of its kind in Canada.

Bruce is an active member of the community. He served as a volunteer firefighter in the 1980s, was the chairperson of the Pitt Meadows Secondary School Dry Grad Committee, and has coached baseball, soccer and hockey for many years in Pitt Meadows. Bruce is a long time member of the Pitt Meadows Day Society and a past member of the Pitt Meadows Economic Development Advisory Committee. Bruce is also on the Board of Directors of the George Derby Care Society in Burnaby BC, which provides supportive, independent living, complex and dementia care for veterans and seniors.

As he begins his third term on Pitt Meadows Council, Bruce looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Pitt Meadows as an active member on Council.

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesAgricultural Advisory Committee (AAC)
Fraser Basin Council Integrated Flood Hazard Management Committee Advisory Council - Ad Hoc Alternate
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association
Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues (MACAI)
Pitt Meadows Airport Advisory Committee
Pitt Meadows Airport Interim Board of Director
Pitt Meadows Day Society
Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society - Ad Hoc Alternate
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society

Councillor Bill Dingwall

Bill and his wife Erna first arrived in Pitt Meadows in 1984 and other than five years in Ottawa, they have always lived in the community. They have two children and four grandchildren and are thrilled their families live in Pitt Meadows.

Bill has a Bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University, a Law Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Human Resource Practitioner (CHRP).

Bill has enjoyed extensive careers in the public service having served with the BC Sheriffs as a Superintendent and in the RCMP for 35 years in BC and Ottawa, with the last nine years at the Executive Level in BC as a Chief Superintendent. He was the Officer-in-charge of Human Resources for the RCMP in BC for approximately 9,500 employees, and from 1998-2002 he was the Chief of Police for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Bill 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.

His hobbies include “the kids and grandkids”, gardening, camping, golf, carpentry/renovations and restoring a 1970 Challenger originally owned in high school.

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesAdvisory Design Panel
Fraser Valley Regional Library
Joint Police Liaison Committee
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association

Councillor Janis Elkerton

Janis Elkerton was re-elected to Council in 2011 after a four-year absence. She is a 14-year council veteran, having served from 1993 to January 2008. Janis and her husband Wayne have been residents of Pitt Meadows for more than 27 years, during which time she was Pitt Meadows' Community Health Nurse for 13 years. University educated in nursing, management and community development, Janis is now the owner/manager of a commercial building in Coquitlam.

Janis' commitment to local government has earned her accolades for community service. She has served on numerous boards over the years and has been elected by her colleagues to executive positions on the Lower Mainland Municipal Association, the Municipal Insurance Association of BC, the LMMA Regional Crime Prevention and Drug Strategy Steering Committee, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Committee. Janis has also been the recipient of dedicated service and leadership awards by the Pitt Meadows Volunteer Fire Department, Municipal Insurance Association of BC and the Lower Mainland Municipal Association.

Janis is passionate about Pitt Meadows and politics. She is committed to public involvement in decision making and building a complete community, focusing on attracting business opportunities so citizens can live, work and play in our city.

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesAgricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) - Alternate
Alouette River Management Society - Ad Hoc Alternate
CP Rail Citizens Advisory Panel - Ad Hoc Alternate
Fraser Basin Council Integrated Flood Hazard Management Committee
Joint Police Liaison Committee - Alternate
Lower Mainland Local Government Association Flood Control and River Management Committee - Ad Hoc Alternate
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce - 2nd Alternate
Metro Vancouver Board of Directors - Alternate
Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility Issues (MACAI)
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society - Ad Hoc Alternate
UBCM Malcolm Knapp Research Forest Community Advisory Board
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Youth Centre Society - Ad Hoc Alternate

Councillor Tracy Miyashita

Tracy has served on council since 2008. Born and raised in the rural town of Oakbank, Manitoba, she moved to BC for university and lived in the Lower Mainland and Prince George before settling in Pitt Meadows where she has lived for the past 14 years.

Tracy has a Bachelor of Leadership and Management from BCIT and a Bachelor of General Studies from Simon Fraser University. She has worked in various sectors including non-profit organizations, local governments, First Nations, and has operated a small business. She currently works as a project manager in the health sector for the Division of Family Practice.

Tracy has been an active member of the community and currently volunteers on the community council for the Salvation Army Caring Place, as well as Pitt Meadows Day and Canada Day. She has worked with many volunteers, community groups, governments and First Nations communities throughout her career.

Tracy enjoys spending time with her son Simon, watching NFL, fishing, and canning. She has completed eight marathons so far, and can often be seen running around Pitt Meadows.

Tracy looks forward to continuing to serve her community over the next four-year term on Council.

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesActive Transportation Committee
Community Events Liaison
Emergency Program Liaison Committee
Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services Council
United Way of the Lower Mainland

Councillor Mike Stark

Originally from Montreal, Mike and his wife Laura are proud 30 year residents of Pitt Meadows where they raised their son Michael.

Mike is no stranger to City Hall. He has attended the vast majority of council meetings over the last six years and narrowly missed a seat on Council in 2011. Mike is a strong advocate of his Wildwood neighbourhood and was successful in negotiating a solution to the noise and drainage problems associated with the construction of the new Golden Ears Bridge.

Mike is retired from a career in the telecommunications industry that spanned 32 years, starting with Bell Canada in Montreal. He is credited with building and managing some of the most technologically advanced communication systems in both Canada and the United States, which included developing and implementing industry standards.

Mike understands the value of community involvement. He has coached football, hockey and baseball, volunteered for Pitt Meadows Day, participated on steering committees as well as the Pitt Meadows Environmental Technical Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Force. Mike currently sits on the Board of the CEED Centre and volunteers his time with the Allouette River Management Society monitoring the Katzie Slough.

Environmental stewardship and sustainability have always been important to Mike and he takes great pride in passing on the lessons he has learned to his five grandsons, whether it is planting a garden or an “expedition” on the Katzie Slough to count fish.

Appointments to Outside Agencies and CommitteesAlouette River Management Society
Emergency Program Liaison Committee - Alternate
Fraser Valley Regional Library Board - Alternate
Green Team Committee
Lower Mainland Local Government Association Flood Control and River Management Committee
Pitt Meadows Airport Interim Board of Directors
Pitt Meadows Community Police Group - Ad Hoc Alternate
Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society
Mayors Council on Regional Transportation (TransLink) - Ad Hoc Alternate
Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Youth Centre Society

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