Don Bell has been a resident of North Vancouver for over 40 years, and has extensive business, community and local political experience. He owned and operated a small retail business in North Vancouver for 4 years and for 13 years was in corporate management at Canada Safeway.
Don has served in elected office in North Vancouver as Member of Parliament, North Vancouver District Mayor and Councillor, North Vancouver School Board Chair and Trustee, and GVRD (now Metro Vancouver) Vice-Chair and Director.
During this time he has served as Chair or member on a great number of North Vancouver municipal committees, GVRD (now Metro Vancouver) committees, and federal government Parliamentary committees. Last year (2010) Don was Chair of the special City of North Vancouver Task Force on Civic Engagement, and is currently Vice-President of the Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society.
Don is also active in non-political community activities. He was a former member of the Tourism Vancouver Board and the original 2010 Winter Olympics Bid Committee. He was Honourary Chair for the BC Special Olympics, was appointed a Life Member of the BC Youth Soccer Association and the Canadian Soccer Alumni, and was appointed an Honourary Director of BC Wheelchair Sports. Don was honoured for his community service with the Canada 125 Medal , and with the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal.