Councillor David Pickles and wife, Brenda (small local retail business owners and employers) and their two daughters have been residents in the Brock Ridge neighbourhood of Ward 3 in Pickering for over 30 years. Councillor David Pickles was first elected to Council in 1997 and re-elected by Ward 3 residents in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and as Regional Councillor in 2014 & 2018.
David holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Honours Geography Degree from the University of Waterloo and had a 32 year career in senior positions with several Ontario government ministries, including experience in budgeting, planning and environmental protection.
In April of 2013, Councillor Pickles was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his past work in the community. Our former MP Corneliu Chisu nominated David Pickles for the Medal on recommendation on his initial nominator, Keith Falconer and the Prime Minister's Office agreed on behalf of the Prime Minister.
“I was humbled and honoured to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on April 26, 2013 for service in the community, both while serving on City of Pickering Council and for my past work in the community.” - Councillor Pickles.
Prior to sitting on Council, David served the Pickering community: on the City of Pickering Official Plan Community Working Group, advising on a new Official Plan; on Heritage Pickering the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), advising on the protection of our historic and unique buildings; and as a member, 1995-97, of Pickering Ajax Citizens Together (PACT) which has been active in environmental and health issues, particularly related to landfills.