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Douglas Patrick Drummond

Mayor of Burnaby: 1996-2002
Councillor: 1976-1996
Awarded Freeman Status: March 22, 2004 (Presentation Made May 7, 2004)

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Doug Drummond has always shown a deep commitment to the citizens of Burnaby, but this dedication was more than just political – rather, it was representative of the personal ties that he had to this community.

Doug was born and raised in East Vancouver and he never strayed too far from his roots. He attended the University of British Columbia where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and urban geography and a degree in education. After finishing university, Doug began teaching high school math and his passion for the teaching profession was to translate into a career that lasted over 30 years. His devotion to his students was never more evident than when he decided to continue teaching on a part-time basis even after his election as Mayor in 1996.

But Burnaby had been Doug’s home long before he ever thought of becoming Mayor. In 1973, Mayor Drummond moved to Burnaby where he and his wife Jean soon settled into their Sierra Drive home to raise their two sons – Michael and Colin. Within a year of moving, however, Doug was to embark upon a mission that would result in him discovering another passion – local politics. Frustrated by the attitudes of Council and the plans for an oil refinery expansion in North Burnaby, Doug decided to take action and fight City Hall. He knocked on doors, spoke at meetings and helped organize citizens against the expansion plans. Even though he did not achieve all his goals, he did discover a new avenue to affect change in his City and he made the decision to join the political arena for the betterment of all Burnaby citizens. He once made the argument that even if he did not agree with members of the public on some issues, it was still his job to make sure their voices were heard.

Throughout his political career and community involvement in organizations as diverse as the Burnaby Board of Trade, the Burnaby Association for the Mentally Handicapped, the Burrard Inlet Parks Committee, and as the coach of various children’s sports teams, Doug managed to remain a dedicated family man and educator and he has credited these aspects of his life with being the reason he stayed so grounded and in touch with the needs of all Burnaby citizens. He once said about his role as alderman that “we are the government closest to the people. We meet more and we affect more people” and the work he has done and the goals he has achieved as a father, teacher, advocate, alderman, and Mayor are certainly indicative of that philosophy.

Although resigning from public life in 2002, Doug was honoured for his public service record in February 2003, when he was chosen to be one of only 112 people to receive the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This honour was bestowed upon him for his leadership service to the community and was presented at a ceremony at Government House in Victoria, presided over by Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo and Premier Gordon Campbell.

In 2004, Doug was singled out once more and in a show of appreciation for his work on behalf of the citizens of Burnaby, Doug was made a Freeman of the City.

Doug Drummond died on November 2, 2006.

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