Councillor Debbie Chapman

Suburbs

Ward 9

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In Office: 2018 - present

Debbie grew up in Kitchener, completing her primary and secondary school education locally and later obtaining her first university degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Following an MA at York University she obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2009. After twelve years living in Mexico, she has made her home in Kitchener since 1989 where she has raised her two daughters partly as a single mom and subsequently with her husband Peter.

Dr. Chapman has been teaching at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Political Science and Global Studies departments since 2009. She has taught a range of courses from global governance and issues in international development to urban politics and political economy. Her time as a professor followed private sector experience as a senior operations manager at a national wholesaler.

Debbie has been making contributions to Kitchener for years, including as president of the Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association and as a member of two community advisory committees. This involvement has given Debbie a broad understanding of the diversity of life in Kitchener and a strong commitment to local democracy.

In representing Ward 9 Debbie strives to involve all members of our community in decision-making and change, particularly as it relates to the city's rapid development. She believes, furthermore, that all members of society have a right to a dignified life.

Current Committee Appointments

  • Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee (Vice-Chair) 
  • Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Association (4 years)            
  • Heritage Kitchener Committee (2 years)
  • Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (April 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019)          
  • Grand River Hospital Board of Trustees (December 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019)        
  • Multicultural Centre of K-W Board of Directors (1 year)  

Contact Information

Coun. Debbie Chapman
C/O Office of the Mayor and Council 
Kitchener City Hall 
200 King St. W. 
Kitchener, ON  N2G 4G7 
City Hall: 519-741-2798
Fax: 519-741-2800 
Email: debbie.chapman@kitchener.ca

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