Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year 2015 – Peter Gilboe
North Bay – The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is pleased to announce that Peter Gilboe has been selected as the 2015 Conservation Officer of the Year. Peter currently works for the North Bay Enforcement Unit and is based out of New Liskeard, Ontario.
Peter was presented with the award at the OCOA annual general meeting on Saturday August 15th. “Peter has been a Conservation Officer for 29 years and has had many great accomplishments during his career. Peter is one of those small town Conservation Officers who thinks he is just doing his job. However, he has done so much more than that to receive this prestigious award.” said OCOA President Tim Rochette.
Peter has worked around the Province and some of his career highlights include:
- Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
- Recipient of the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal.
- Recipient of the OCOA Award of Valor and two Lifesaving Awards.
- 2015 Ducks Unlimited Ontario Volunteer of the Year.
- One of our Provincial leaders in the Confidential Informant program.
- Consistently the driving force behind many large natural resource investigations, including information collection, planning, surveillance, search warrants, operations and court procedures.
- Mentor for aspiring officers as well as current C.O.’s, Police Officers and Park Wardens.
- Chair of the “Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure” for the last 6 years.
- MNRF Representative on Northern College Policing Program Committee and local Crime Stoppers board.
- Volunteer in numerous community based events.
While accepting the award Peter indicated “when I look at the previous recipients of this award I say to myself, I don’t belong on here. However I think it is starting to sink in.”
Peter was also presented with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Officer of the Year award by John Clements, Director MNRF Enforcement Branch. John Clements said, “Peter is a great all around officer, huge supporter of the community and a solid family man”.
In addition, Peter also received the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award.
For more information contact:
Tim Rochette, President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association