Meet Peter Whittle! He is running in Ward 2.
Peter Whittle is a business consultant, education advocate, former Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils chair, NLESD Trustee, community volunteer and advocate.First and foremost, he is the father of Aidan, Liam and Conor and the husband of Kristine (Summers), a primary teacher. He is a passionate volunteer and is dedicated to the community in which he lives. He is committed to teaching his sons the values of cooperation, volunteering and service above self. Peter is outspoken on public policy issues, particularly on education, in his community and across the province. He has served on many boards and service group executives including: the Virginia Park Community Centre, the St. John’s Health Care Lions Club (former VP), Terra Nova Toastmasters, St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus (former Grand Knight), St. Paul’s – St Francis of Assisi Parish Council (past vice- chair) and past chair of school councils at Virginia Park Elementary and St. Paul’s Junior High. He studied journalism at the Bay St. George Community College in Stephenville (CONA) and worked as a broadcast journalist in Labrador West, Marystown, Grand Bank, St. John’s, Stephenville, Port Aux Basques and Corner Brook. He earned a BA (Political Science and History) at Memorial University, as well as certificates in Newfoundland Studies,, Municipal and Public Administration. A lifelong learner, Peter has completed a number of business and professional development programs and is trying to find the time to complete a masters in employment relations. His journalism, policy, communication and business development background spans 30 years. He has expertise in the fields of public administration, business development, broadcast journalism, public relations, dispute resolution, media and government relations.
We asked Peter why he decided to run for council:
I have been engaged in the community for decades now.I have been proud to be part of a number of projects that have helped make our community more inclusive, safe and a better place to live. I was encouraged by a lot of friends and acquaintances to offer myself for council. I think my experience in public policy, community building, budgeting, heritage and government give me a unique skill set that is needed to bring forth a more balanced approach to municipal governing.