A strong proponent of family values, Michael and his wife, Valerie, have been married for over 10 years and have been living in Richmond Hill since 2002. Michael has a B.A. degree in Organizational Management and outside of his political activities he runs the family business which has been operating in the community since 1990.
Michael is deeply committed to York Region. He has worked and volunteered in a variety of ways including initiatives for at-risk youth, personal mentorship and empowerment. He sits on the board of the Optimist Club and served as President from 2006 to 2009. For the past 5 years, he has sat alongside the Mayor as one of three judges of the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade.
Michael loves sports. He’s an avid hockey fan, plays soccer and golf, and if he is not playing, he is coaching youth sports teams.
In 2011, Michael received the Maple Leaf Award for outstanding outreach volunteerism from former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. His exemplary contributions to the local community were recognized again in 2013 when he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
About Aurora–Oak Ridges–Richmond Hill
Consisting of that part of the Regional Municipality of York comprised of:
(a) that part of the Town of Aurora lying southerly of Wellington Street West and Wellington Street East; and
(b) that part of the Town of Richmond Hill lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the westerly limit of said town with Elgin Mills Road West; thence easterly along said road and Elgin Mills Road East to Bayview Avenue; thence southerly along said avenue to the unnamed creek situated northerly of Taylor Mills Drive North; thence generally easterly along said creek to Shirley Drive; thence generally southerly along said drive to Major Mackenzie Drive East; thence easterly along said drive to the easterly limit of said town.