Ward 2 and 6 City Councillor Doug Whillans has a proud family tradition of serving the residents of Brampton. His parents, the late Ken and Edna Whillans, were dedicated to their community since moving to Brampton in 1958. Doug shares this same sense of commitment to the public - he is committed to addressing the issues and advocating for what is important to the residents of Brampton.
Doug was born at the Peel Memorial Hospital and has proudly called Brampton his home for 60 years. As a graduate of Central Peel Secondary School, Doug continued his education at Humber College where he obtained a diploma in Horticulture. His employment history consists of many successful years in both the private and public sector. Doug was elected to Brampton City Council as City Councillor for Wards 2 and 6 in October 2014, re-elected to office in 2018.
Doug believes Municipal government is the most accessible to the public, encourages community involvement and decisions made influence the daily lives of the constituents more than any other level of government. He has witnessed the growth of Brampton as the city urbanized from a small rural town to the 9th largest City in Canada and understands the challenges that comes with growth. Doug continues to incorporate the benefits and needs of small town Ontario in his daily decisions, as he believes in providing community resources to the residents of Brampton. His second home is in Cobden, Ontario in the Ottawa Valley.
Doug’s father the late Mayor Ken Whillans and his mother the late Edna Whillans were strong supporters of the Peel Memorial Hospital and Doug continues that commitment as the Council representation for two fundraising initiatives to raise funds for the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness – The Brampton Council Golf Tournament and the William Osler Health Foundation Ski Day. As the past Chair of the Brampton Clean City Committee and now as a Member of Council, Doug continues his passion for preserving the natural environment and protecting it. Brampton has some of the most beautiful parks and naturalized green spaces in Ontario and Doug is committed to maintaining these natural assets for future generations to enjoy.
Doug is committed to providing facilities and access to recreational programs important to the health and wellbeing of our community. He is a strong advocate for ensuring these important community amenities are available to all residents and age groups. Doug values the opportunities that living in Brampton have provided and he firmly believes in contributing back to our community.
As a City Councillor, Doug’s contributions and achievements include:
• Implemented Brampton’s Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (CEERP)
• Represents Brampton as a strong advocate for action on Climate Change
• Brampton’s representative at the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate Change
• Initiated the first ever backyard garden program to provide food security, emulated by several Municipalities province wide
• Committee and Executive Member on the Partners in Project Green at the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and The Toronto Conservation Authority
• Past Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee
• Past Chair of Public Works and Engineering
• Past Chair of By-law and Enforcement
Doug and his wife Debbie have been married for more than thirty-six years and together they have raised their children Jake and Carly in the community they are proud to call home.