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Profile of Dave Barrow


Mayor of the Town of Richmond Hill
Every community has a handful of names that are well-known to both long time residents and newcomers alike. In Richmond Hill, Barrow is such a name. Dave Barrow was born and raised in Richmond Hill. He attended McConaghy Public School, Richmond Hill High School and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute prior to entering the family business and Richmond Hill municipal politics.

Dave’s political career began with his first term as Councillor of Ward 4 in 1978. He remained Councillor through to 1985 when he returned to the family business after his father's death. Dave re-entered political life in 1997 by winning a Regional Council seat. He was first elected Mayor on November 13, 2006 and was re-elected on October 25, 2010 and again on October 27, 2014.

Dave's two children were both born and raised in Richmond Hill, and now he and his wife Tomye Anne have two wonderful grandchildren - both born at MacKenzie Health Hospital. A 4th generation of Barrows!

Dave has been involved in his community for more than 35 years. He has been recognized by both the Town and the Chamber of Commerce for his contributions. He has served as Chair of the York Regional Police Services Board and as a Provincial Appointment to the GO Transit Board.

In 2012, Dave was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in the community. An award received by his father, Elgin Barrow, for his Richmond Hill community service in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977.


Current Positions and Appointments
Mayor Richmond Hill Council
Member, Toronto Region Conservation Authority Board
Director, Richmond Hill Mobility/Accessibility Foundation
Chair, York Region Finance and Administration Committee
Board Member, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
Chair, Yonge Street Subway Task Force
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