I was born and raised in Brooklin - my family has been here for many generations. I attended Meadowcrest P.S and Anderson H.S before heading to Trent University for a degree in English, then Queen's for Law. Liz and I were married in 1976. I practised law in Guelph for eight years before moving home to Brooklin with our two children, Julia and Chris, to raise our family here and to take over my father's small business. I owned and operated Mitchell Lumber for twenty-six years.
I've played hockey my whole life, including a year spent playing in Belgium. At Trent, I was a member of the Varsity Hockey and Soccer teams. In 2004 I was honoured to be inducted to the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame, along with my teammates and fellow 1970 Canadian Junior B Lacrosse Champions. I'm also a proud Brooklin Redmen alumnus. I coached Whitby Minor hockey, ringette and lacrosse for several years.
I've had the privilege of serving on council for twenty-four years. I was North Ward councillor for twelve years and a Regional councillor for eight before becoming Mayor in 2014. During that time, I've Chaired Planning, Operations and Budget committees at the Town level as well as Finance and Climate Change at the Region. I've also been a member of the Accessibility committee and the Active Transportation & Safe Streets committee.
I'm currently Chair of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, having been a Board member for twelve years. I've sat on the Boards of the Whitby Library and Groveside Cemetery for several years, and spent the last four on the Board of Whitby Hydro in my capacity as Mayor.