First elected in 2006, Councillor Godwin Chan has provided community leadership in a wide range of areas, including policing, education, public health and road safety for over two decades. As a volunteer, he helped to found Richmond Hill Road Watch and served as the Founding Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. Councillor Chan is committed to fostering a sense of community belonging and promoting community safety. As a strong advocate for extending Yonge subway to Richmond Hill, he champions for full Federal and Provincial funding and works closely with others, including the Yonge North Group comprising local Councillors in Markham and Vaughan, to make this much-needed public transit project a reality.
Since elected by municipal peers to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Board of Directors in 2013, Councillor Chan has served on FCM Standing Committees on Community Safety & Crime Prevention, International Relations, Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements, and Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation.
He is a past recipient of the Town's Volunteer Achievement Award. In 2013, Councillor Chan was awarded St. John Ambulance Priory of Thanks for his volunteer work in helping to found the Youth Cadets Unit in Richmond Hill. In June 2016, Councillor Chan’s achievements have been recognized and he received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for making a positive difference in Canada.