We welcome Peter Hutcheon, our latest member to the Rotary Club of Toronto Leaside
To quote Peter
“I am a lawyer practicing as a sole practitioner since1994. Presently, the main areas of my practice include residential real estate, estates, family (domestic and Children’s Aid. My office is located downtown, but I have been a resident in Leaside since 1996. One of the aspects of my job (before COVID – 19 set – in) was acting as Duty Counsel in the family courts here in Toronto. This involved assisting and representing individuals who did not have full – time counsel with their appearance before the Court for that day only. It taught me to think on my feet and be able to address sometimes complex issues with clarity and speed but always remembering how important it is to be accurate!
At the present time I remain in practice “full – time”, but due to a combination of the public health situation and the fact that I am moving towards retirement, find myself moving forward with plans to wind down the practice. Many years ago I was a member of Toastmasters, and then later on, (also before I went to Law School) the Toronto Junior Board of Trade/Toronto Jaycees. This was an organization of individuals from 18 – 35 who were involved in many activities in the community on a voluntary basis. It was with the Junior Board that I learned how important community involvement can be – and also how much fun it can be as well! I am slowly getting used to the idea of retirement and remember my days at the Junior Board fondly.
Given that I will have more time to devote to alternate endeavours, I have been looking for organizations to work with. At the present time my other memberships include the …/2 -2- Royal Canadian Legion and (recently) the Leaside Heritage Preservation Society. Since the onset of the pandemic, my wife and I have been driving for Sprint Senior Care once a week delivering frozen meals to shut – ins. I am also becoming involved with other organizations as a volunteer but, of course, much of this is presently on hold due to the public health situation."