Dorian Parker

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Dorian Parker
Mayor of Barrie, Ontario
In office
Preceded by Lester Cooke
Succeeded by Ross Archer
Personal details
Born 1923/24?
Died June 3, 2007

Dorian Parker was the 36th mayor of Barrie, Ontario, serving from 1972 to 1976.[1] She was its second female mayor, following Marjorie Hamilton in the 1950s.[2]

Parker was first elected to Barrie City Council in 1966, serving until her election as mayor in 1972. She was one of two women mayors elected to Ontario towns in 1972.[3] She was reelected in 1974 over former mayor Bob Bentley.[4]

She was defeated at the 1976 election, placing third behind Ross Archer.[5] She was subsequently re-elected to city council in 1978, serving as a councillor until her retirement in 1994.

One of her most noted accomplishments in office was the acquisition of 80 acres of land being sold by the Barrie Country Club to create Sunnidale Park, which remains Barrie's largest municipal park.[2] The park's clubhouse was renamed the Dorian Parker Centre in her honour in 2001.[2] She remained active in local politics after her retirement, leading a campaign to oppose a city plan to build a water reservoir and pumping station in Sunnidale Park.[6]

Parker died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on June 3, 2007,[2] aged 84.[6]


  1. ^ White, Peter (11 March 1975). "Russian money black market no respecter of Barrie mayor". The Globe and Mail. p. 34. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Dorian Parker... a steady, sturdy influence". Barrie Advance, June 5, 2007.
  3. ^ "Ontario's big city mayors breeze to wins". The Windsor Star. 4 December 1972. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Crombie returns in sweep". Ottawa Journal, December 3, 1974.
  5. ^ "Landslides marked vote in big cities". The Windsor Star. 7 December 1976. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Dorian Parker Centre's fate looms". Barrie Examiner, December 20, 2011.