PETER SLOLY - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
DEPUTY CHIEF - TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been a member of the TPS for 25 years, I volunteer on local, provincial and national NGO’s and my family and I live in Toronto.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
I’m inspired by great heroes like Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama.
I’m also inspired by everyday heroes like Lekan Olawoye (For Youth Initiative in Weston Mt Dennis).
I get motivated to make things better (myself, my family, my community, my police service) no matter how great or how desperate things are.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
I set goals for myself (short medium and long term)
I pursued lifelong education (formal thru post secondary education and informal thru reading/travel/special assignments) – I sought the help of mentors
I believed in myself and my God given talent / abilities
I worked as hard and as smart as I could for 25 years!
What would you like to be remembered for?
That I was a good father, husband, brother, son, friend, police officer, public servant, citizen, person.
That I left the world better for my children than when I entered it.
That I left the TPS a better organization than when I joined it.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
Not very well…I try but I am passionate about my family and my chosen profession…thankfully I have a loving supporting wife and I am able to get enough rest and exercise to stay healthy.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Food = my wife’s cooking.
Book = Ernest Hemmingway’s “Old Man and the Sea”.
Music = Bob Marley.
Movie = Gladiator.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
Being Black in Canada has provided me with opportunities to contribute my perspectives and lived experience to public institutions and public policy.
I have also proudly worn the Maple Leaf flag on my Black body to be seen as new face of Canadian diversity.
I have also experienced the sting of racism, prejudice and racial profiling but used those experiences as motivators for personal excellence and societal growth.
What is the Black community doing right or wrong in Canada?
We are achieving outstanding individual accomplishments in every aspect and at every level of civil society but we are not achieving the same results in terms of collective action – we are not able to mobilize and actualize as a collective in the same way we do as individuals.
Should and do Blacks support black music, events and businesses?
We should make contributions to all progressive, positive, productive and inclusive endeavors by all demographics and for all broader societal initiatives - BUT - we should also ensure that the rising tide raises all ships equally so that Black artists, events, businesses, etc receive equally and/or equitable supports so we rise with the tide of prosperity.
Some claim we have musical artists and talents in Canada that are as good or better than those in the US?
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Artists?
Maestro Fresh Wes, K’naan, Drake, etc.!
Whats your understanding of Black History in Canada?
It’s significant, it’s growing but we are nowhere near reaching our full potential of shaping the present or the future!