Peter Whittle is an education advocate, former Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils chair, NLESD Trustee, and community volunteer.
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.
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.
Peter has worked as a communications professional in the private and not-for-profit sectors and the provincial and federal governments. He was an executive assistant and senior policy advisor for several provincial government departments, and Director of Policy and Operations for the Official Opposition. Currently, he is responsible for business development with the province’s largest marine contractor.
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 Folklore, 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.
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 the Colony of Avalon.
In his spare time Peter enjoys reading, photography, board games, hiking the East Coast Trail, delving into Auditor General reports and reading completed ATIPPA requests, and showcasing our great province to visitors.