Gael was first elected to Brampton City Council in 1988 and in 1991 was elected to serve as one of Brampton’s Regional Councillors. Throughout her career, Gael has identified safety, health, and prosperity as her priorities, and believes each of these to be essential to preserving Brampton’s quality of life. She dedicates her time as a Councillor, and a citizen, to these issues.
Gael believes that nothing is more important than the safety and security of one’s family, home, and community. She has demonstrated this belief in her 32 years of service to safety in Brampton. As a volunteer with Brampton Safe City Association, she played an instrumental role in Brampton being designated by the World Health Organization as an international safe community in 2007 and 2012.
In her role as Regional Councillor, Gael is currently Chair of Human Services, Peel Youth Violence Prevention committee, the Advisory Committee Early Learning and Child Care, and is a member of Peel Housing Corporation, and the 3-1-1- Council Liaison Committee. In the past Gael has also served as Vice Chair of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, Co-chair of the Peel Regional Police Connect2End Violence Campaign, Chair of Management Committee, Chair of Strategic Planning and Chair of the Audit Committee.
On Brampton City Council, Gael is currently the Chair of Economic Development & Communications, Chair of Corporate Services and Finance, and is a member of the Flower City Strategy Committee, HACE Committee, Council Office Committee and the Downtown Development Corporation.
As part of her commitment to health, it was Gael’s vision and effort that brought Wellspring, a full-service support centre for individuals and families coping with cancer, to the City of Brampton in 2008. Wellspring Chinguacousy provides social, emotional, psychological and informational support on a daily basis to community members who are battling cancer. Trained health care professionals and caring volunteers work together to ensure people living with cancer do not have to face the devastating effects of this disease alone.
Finally, in all aspects of her work, Gael has worked hard to establish Brampton’s identity as a Flower City and a Safe City. Her leadership of the City of Brampton’s Flower City Strategy Committee, Communities in Bloom Committee, and Safe City Association has played a major part in Brampton being recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a great place to live.
Gael is married to Larry Zacher and has two children and one grandchild.