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Regional & Local Councillor/Deputy Mayor - Vito Spatafora

Regional & Local Councillor Vito Spatafora Town of Richmond Hill
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4

Telephone - office: 905-771-2517
Fax - office: 905-771-2500

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Vito and his wife Frances have lived in Richmond Hill since 1979 where they have raised their three children. Vito has an Honours B.A. in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Land Use Planning from York University.

Vito has extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors. Early in his career Vito entered municipal politics as the political aid to the Mayor of the City of York. Working in the private sector as an urban planner, Vito was an active partner in a consulting firm, working with non-profit groups to develop affordable housing for low income families and seniors.

Vito was first elected as Ward Councillor in 1994. After serving Ward 1 for 12 years, Vito was elected Regional Councillor in 2006 and has continued to serve as Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor since 2010.

Some of Vito’s noteworthy achievements include:
  • As the founder of the popular Tastes of the Hill annual event, Vito has been recognized for his efforts in raising more than $400,000 for local charities;
  • To protect unsuspecting victims from exorbitant tow truck fees, he championed the 2014 Tow Truck By-law regulating licensing and towing charges;
  • Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for the Honorable Costas Menegakis for 30 years exemplary community service;
  • Received a Certificate of Achievement from the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for his role as Chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee;
  • Recognized by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation for his leadership in acquiring thousands of acres of environmentally sensitive land to preserve and protect the Oak Ridges Moraine from development;
  • Instrumental in securing the construction of the Community Environmental Centre in Richmond Hill to recycle building materials.
Active on over 70 committees, Vito’s career has been focused on helping people and building safe communities.

List of Committees Served

Volunteer Organizations
- Founder & Chair of Tastes of the Hill, Richmond Hill’s Multi-cultural Festival [list of charities]
- Chair, Committee of Adjustments, Richmond Hill
- Member, Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts Committee
- Member of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee
- Founding Member, Knights of Columbus
- Member, Lions Club
- Member, Royal Canadian Legion
- Organized Ethnic Movies at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
- Member, Cultural Committees for Norwooz, and Eid
- Member, Holocaust Awareness Committee
- Board Member, Messinesi Club of Ontario
- Delegate to the Guyana Burn and Health Care Association
- Co-Founder and Member of the Oak Ridges Community Clean-up Day Committee
- Vice-President, Beaufort Hill Homeowners Association
- Member, Richmond Hill Fence Viewing Committee
- Church Lector and Hospitality Minister
- Soccer Coach, Children’s House League

Boards and Associations
- Board Member, York Central Hospital
- Member Mackenzie Health President Advisory Committee
- Member, Ontario Professional Planning Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners
- Member and Past Director on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Chair of Building Code Act Amendments Committee
- Vice Chair of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (funding projects to protect the Moraine)
- Member, Humber Watershed Alliance – Toronto Region Conservation Authority
- Member, Oak Ridges Corridor Park and Trails Committee (TRCA)
- Board Member, Richmond Hill Library
- Board Member, Richmond Hill Arena Association

Region of York Committees
- Deputy Mayor and Regional Council Member for Richmond Hill
- Chair, Environmental Committee
- Chair, Accessibility Committee
- Vice Chair, Community Services and Housing Committee
- Vice Chair, York Housing Inc.
- Member, Transportation Committee
- Member, Community & Health Services Committee
- Member, Planning and Economic Development
- Member, Transportation and Works Committee
- Member, Dewatering Complaint Review Committee
- Member, Solid Waste Management Committee
- Alternate Member, Durham/York Residual Joint Waste Management Group

Town of Richmond Hill Committees
- Chair, Committee of the Whole
- Chair, Planning Task Force
- Chair, Planning and Development Committee
- Chair, Construction Committees for Park, Library and Arena facilities
- Chair, Community Services Task Force
- Chair, Ecological and Environment Council
- Chair, Richmond Hill Annual Volunteer Awards Committee
- Chair, Operation Centre Construction Committee
- Chair, Tom Graham Arena Construction Committee
- Chair, Oak Ridges Community Centre and Park Committee
- Chair, Richmond Green Park Steering Committee
- Chair, Richmond Green Library Committee
- Chair, Russell Tilt Park Committee
- Chair, Grovewood Park Committee
- Chair, French Royalist Park Committee
- Member, York Regional Transit Committee
- Member, Economic Development Task Force
- Member, Budget Committee of the Whole Committee
- Member, Finance and Administration
- Member, Richmond Hill Intercultural Committee
- Member, Fire Safety Committee
- Member, Committee to Restore Lake Wilcox
- Member, Tribunal Adjudicating Licensing for Adult Entertainment Parlors
- Member, Communities in Bloom Committee

Tastes of the Hill List of Charities

As founder of Richmond Hill’s Multicultural Festival, Vito is proud that Tastes of the Hill has raised over $400000 for the following local charities
- Yellow Brick House Shelter for Women– $30,000
- Canadian Diabetes Association –$30,000
- Canadian Spinal Research Organization –$30,000
- Kinark Child and Family Services –$30,000
- York Centre for Children Youth and Families–$25,000
- Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays–$25,000
- Mosaic Interfaith: Out of the Cold (emergency shelter) – $35,000
- Rose of Sharon (support and education for young mothers) – $35,000
- York Central Hospital Foundation – $37,500
- Autism Ontario – York Region Chapter – $23,000
- Richmond Hill Community Food Bank – $42,500
- Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts – $42,500
- Canadian Cancer Society - $15,000
- Kerry’s Place Autism Services - $15,000

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