THE ADVOCATE 763
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
In 2010 the worst kept secret of a few months was revealed: Peter was
leaving the Crown and joining the defence bar. He shared office space and
an articled student, Alexis Falk, with Darrel Schultz and located his practice
primarily in the Fraser Valley. It was a largely seamless transition, as the
working relationships, friendships and professional reputation that Peter
had established as a hardworking, learned and principled Crown counsel
flowed to his defence practice.
In December 1998 Peter married his wife Cheryl, with whom he has a
true, loving, committed and supportive partnership. The couple, together
with their three daughters Sophia (17), Jasmine (15) and Gabrielle (13),
made the jump to becoming hobby farm owners a few years ago. They have
chickens and have recently welcomed sheep and a llama to their farm.
Peter will be the first to tell you it is not entirely easy saying goodbye to city
life. Clearing trees saw him cut through leather chaps and sweatpants and
stop just short of cutting his thigh with a chainsaw. At his judicial appointment
ceremony the black eye he had received wielding a hammer during
kitchen renovations made for interesting conversation.
If you ask him what he considers his greatest accomplishment, he will no
doubt say his family. Peter tries to share with his daughters varied interests.
Guitar lessons, golf excursions, cheering on volleyball games and attending
dance recitals are all part and parcel of the joy of parenthood. He is the first
to brag about Cheryl’s skill in the garden and his daughters’ senses of
humour and their own unique talents and personalities.
In recent years Peter and his family have expanded their views with
some European travel. Peter has developed a keen interest in world history
and his review of Roman history led him to a trip to Italy. Prior to this trip,
the family visited England, Paris and Scotland. Peter is now fully immersed
in an almost week-by-week podcast detailing the history of World War I—
learning for the sake of learning.
In everything Peter does, he throws himself into the deep end and works
to his utmost ability to achieve his goals and master his endeavours. He
plays a mean game of golf and his prowess on the squash court is there to
be seen in several YouTube videos of his past tournaments. His moves on
the chess board are renowned and he is known to have several competitive
games going at once.
Do not be surprised if his chambers in Prince George are graced by an oil
painting signed “McD” or a bound manuscript waiting to be mailed to
prospective publishers. Nor should you be surprised if the occasional peals
of laughter emerge. His human decency, his intelligence and his enigmatic
personality will serve the Provincial Court bench well.