Peter was a 25 year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service who became severely disabled with PTSD in 1993.
Peter received the Police Exemplary Service Medal awarded by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Jean Sauve’ Governor General of Canada and the Ottawa Police Services Board – Service Award. Peter was a volunteer with Canines with a Cause in Ottawa and was an active advocate for persons with disabilities. He volunteered with O.S.I.S.S. as a peer helper & group facilitator for veterans & RCMP members with PTSD. Peter also volunteered with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. Peter was a proud member of the Police Association of Ontario, Ottawa Police Association and the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners.
Peter was a breast cancer survivor and was on the Board of Directors of Breast Cancer Action. Peter was an advocate for the promotion of male breast cancer awareness. In February 2014 Peter was diagnosed with stage 4 bone cancer having metastasized from his breast cancer and passed away October 12, 2016.
Peter believed all police services in the country should have mental health programs in place in order to prevent problems that active and retired officers are experiencing such as PTSD and related mental disorders. Peter has laid the foundation to raise the profile of Badge of Life Canada as the predominant organizational voice regarding operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, and suicide prevention on behalf of all police (sworn/civilian) and correctional personnel across Canada who still suffer in silence.