After graduating from the University of Calgary with a degree in Physical Education in 1988, Peter moved to the Lower Mainland and began working as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Over the next decade, he took on a new challenges and worked with adolescent-aged children at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre as a Child Care Counsellor, and later as a Youth Outreach Worker with the District of West Vancouver.
Peter has been involved with SCI BC as a member for 12 years and holds the organization in high regard. As Peer Program Coordinator since 2021, he’s always looking for opportunities to provide connection for members, and share and collect knowledge.
“Many of us living with SCI are dealing with the same issues. Personally, I’ve found that small improvements can make an enormous difference to quality of life. In my role, I enjoy connecting peers with resources and sharing the collective wisdom of the community to help support growth and positive change.”
Peter has an avid love for the outdoors and outdoor adventures. Any day that includes spending time on his hand bike, getting on a sit-ski, going for a paddle in a kayak, or hooking up his freewheel and going for a roll, is a day he considers a success. A resident of North Vancouver, Peter is perfectly situated to get active outside. In quieter moments, he likes to gather with friends and family over a board game—in fact, he continues to volunteer in a board games group for teens.
One of Peter’s favourite quotes comes via Canadian icon Jacques Cousteau, “If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed. But, we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work”.