2019 Friend of Faculty Award nominee: Lee Anne Doyle
The first and only female Chief Building Official at the City of Windsor, Lee Anne Doyle is one of only a handful of women in Ontario large municipalities to have held such a position. Over her career, the 1981 planning alumnus developed a reputation as a leader and mentor capable of collaborating in creative endeavors, contributing without dominating, and creating an environment that draws out the very best from those around her.
According to a former classmate, these skills were evident from her first year as an undergrad when, in 1977, she encouraged her classmates to join the Canadian Institute of Planners and to conduct themselves as upstanding ambassadors for their school and university where she obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree (Honours Urban and Regional Planning).
Lee Anne went on to receive a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Public Administration from Western University, but her commitment to the University of Waterloo remains unwavering. She has championed regular class reunions for her SURP Class of ‘81. Most recently, she served as the 2017- 2018 Planner-In-Residence where she returned to campus as the Instructor of Plan 403 Professional Practice, Public and Private Administration. “In the spirit of collaboration,” she says, “I am committed to bringing together experienced planning professionals with students who are brimming with innovative ideas – that will help us all move toward a sustainable future in the world of change.”
Lee Anne was equally committed to giving back to her profession. She held leadership positions in planning, building, by-law enforcement and municipal administration, working on many highly visible community policy initiatives with positive impacts on the communities where she worked.
A trailblazer for women’s issues, Lee Anne served as director of the ATHENA International Board of Directors, an organization committed to recognizing and promoting women’s contribution to leadership. She was the Chair of the ATHENA Committee in the Windsor & Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and a speaker on the ATHENA International Women’s Panel at their International Summit in Chicago in 2009.
Lee Anne’s sterling career and commitment to service has garnered well-deserved recognition, including: a Membership Service Award from the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario; an Ontario Professional Planners Member Service Award for outstanding leadership contributions; The Spirit of Western Award for volunteerism; and an International ATHENA Award recognizing leadership and professional excellence.
Now enjoying retirement after a long and rewarding public service career, Lee Anne reflects that her time at Waterloo gave her so much more than just a strong education foundation; it influenced her values. “The Urban & Regional Planning Program at Waterloo instilled in me the importance of working hard towards improving the communities we live in and making them better places…Public service is a privilege,” she says, “not just a job.”