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Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7


Douglas Leslie Dewey Bell

Image of Douglas BellTerm in Office: 1980 (December 31) – 1986 (March 27)
Preceded by: Ione Christensen
Succeeded by: John Kenneth Mckinnon
Administrator: 1979 (November 8) - 1980 (December 19)

Born: 1926 (June 15), Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


  • He is a Canadian politician and former Commissioner of the Yukon.
  • He joined the RCAF before finishing grade 12.
  • He graduated as a Sergeant Wireless Air Gunner in March 1945.
  • He attended the local Wartime Emergency Training Plan School, graduating as a licensed radio operator.
  • In 1946 he worked as a radio operator with the Department of Transport in Edmonton.
  • In 1956 he won a competition for the Officer-in-Charge position at Watson Lake.
  • He helped formed the Watson Lake Community Development Association, the first ever in the Yukon.
  • He became the DOT representative on Commissioner Jim Smith’s Federal Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee (FICC).
  • He was Elected to City Council in 1976.
  • On July 15, 1977 he became the Deputy Commissioner of the Yukon and introduced the Commissioners Awards at the New Year Levee.
  • He has chaired on many committees; Emergency Measures Organization (EMO), FICC, Northern Resources Conference, Hootalinqua Land Use Study.
  • He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989.