Sometimes We Sail With the Wind and Sometimes Against it
But Sail We Must!
- Born in London, Ontario in 1963;
- Finished High School in Virginia USA;
- Post Secondary Education in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
- Living in Northern Ontario Since 1984;
- Married, Three Children and Five Grandchildren;
- Speak Fluent English with Basic French and Greek.
- The Northern Way of Life;
- Outdoors Activity;
- Raising, Training and Riding Horses;
- Reading Non-Fiction;
- Community Volunteering;
- BBQing and Eating Outside with Friends and Family;
- Buying Shoes for his Wife, Daughters and Granddaughters.
The Family Man
Happily married with his wife Linda where they have been a growing family since 1990.
Peter and Linda have three children:
- Jessie born November 1985;
- Samantha (Sammy) born May 1992;
- Johnny born October 1995
And five Grand Children:
- Ariana born October 2002
- Leah born September 2004
- Mason born April 2008
- Tyler born March 2010
- Amelia (Mia) born December 2015
Living by the adage, “if you want there to be a difference in the world, then sometimes you have to become that difference”, Peter firmly stands by a core set of values: honour, integrity, a solid word, honesty, compassion, and loyalty. Peter inherently lives by a code of honour that has transcended thousands of years of Greek culture and now forms a part of a hereditary persona that is difficult to translate, referred to as “philotimo”. It’s worth googling but in short it refers to deep sense of honour and loyalty to those your are associated with.
A lifetime Christian, the word of God and faith are at the foundation of what Peter stands for. He’s a committed family man who believes family values are being lost today and takes pride in championing the need to
PHILOTIMO- "A Word With a Deep Sense of Awareness to do Good and Demand So of Others."
An Ancient Code of Honour & Loyalty Forged Over 10,000 Years.
reverse that trend. Often doing favours for others with the simple request to do someone else a favour in return, Peter believes strongly in the virtues of good behaviour attracting more good behaviour.
A self professed “agent of change”, Peter believes that to go from being good to great one must always be rethinking themselves and their environment; That it takes extraordinary actions to achieve extraordinary results. He sees life as a book each of us writes and that the best books are those with a multitude of chapters all with their own trials, tribulations and varying outcomes. Peter is proud of the many chapters in his book of life where he has played an important role in creating progressive change and appreciates the many others where his character has been tested.
Peter’s character can be summed up the best by the passage he has chosen underneath his picture throughout this website that reads, “sometimes we sail with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must”.
The Outdoor Enthusiast & Northerner
Peter is a passionate northerner who celebrates the northern way of life at every opportunity. He has been championing the growth and development of the North for years and is committed to doing his part to organize and drive northern interests.
Peter loves the outdoors and all that nature has to offer. Enjoying hunting, fishing, riding snowmobiles and ATV’s, while appreciating both the risks and rewards of being outdoors in extreme conditions.
He lives on a hobby ranch in the country and loves the fact that he gets the best of both worlds this way. He values amenities like:
- frying fish right in the boat or on shore;
- riding horses in the forest through the challenging terrain and circumstances;
- sitting on his deck with a cup of tea and enjoying the sweet smell of dew and clean air;
- sitting by a fire looking up at the incredible stars, northern lights and the most vibrant and mysterious full moons.
Peter is a notoriously hard worker. Between his consulting practice, his political life with roles like Mayor, and living in the country on his horse farm, Peter’s week can be anywhere between 60 to 100 hours. After that he volunteers his time to the community where he can.
It is common place to see Peter in his suit and tie operating a backhoe between meetings, or in his dress pants with a construction workers belt on building on his property, or attending a formal function while in the very next hour, dressed in work clothes and cooking on the beach for another function.
When given a project or responsibility, Peter routinely sacrifices to commit the time needed to get the best result or outcome. He is proud and determined to meet whatever the expectations.
Being raised by immigrants who worked hard to get by every day, he’s learned that being independent and self reliant is a virtue in life. These are values Peter tries to instill in his family and values by which he tries to lead by example.
The Second Generation Immigrant
Born to Greek immigrants, Peter’s is a first generation Greek Canadian. His parents lineage can be seen in Peter’s personality and character. His mother is an Athenian known for their philosophical traits, while his father is a Spartan known for their unparalleled bravery and fighting traits. Those who know Peter best say he is a mix of both his Parents – Philosophical with a fighting spirit. He is also a Gemini so the split personality seems to be a dominant theme.
Peter is extremely proud of his Greek heritage and has taken an affinity to Greek history. When he and his brothers get together, some say it’s like watching a Greek history lesson, but in the likes of Plato, Soccaratise and Aristotle in that famous platonic way – with a lot of passionate yelling, all while passing each other the “keftethes” (hors d’oeuvres).
In the famous battle of Thermopylae when King Xerxes and his one million Persian soldiers yelled to King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan soldiers, “lay down your weapons and live”, King Leonidas replied in ancient Greek in defiance of the staggering odds as only a Spartan would with, “Malon Labe” – translated: “if you want them, come and get them!”.