Hi, I’m Doug Peters, also known as Doug The Plumber. I was raised in Burnaby, finished high school and joined the labour force. I started my plumbing career 40 years ago. We worked on residential wood frame apartments, concrete high rises and many commercial projects in the lower mainland.
In my twenties I spent 5 years in Toronto; Ontario; on even taller high rises and commercial construction jobs. In the 90’s I moved back to North Vancouver, British Columbia and worked mostly residential, some palatial, in West Van, Lions Bay, Deep Cove and Whistler. For over 20 years I have enjoyed the Vancouver Island lifestyle in the Comox Valley.
I get a lot of satisfaction from working for a living. I enjoy a job well done by myself or my employees. We do renovations, additions, new gas and plumbing and gas service work both residential and commercial. The opportunities to engage with people and problem solve challenges are many. I have found like-minded employees who are honest, hardworking and pleasant to be around.
My hobbies list is rather long. I got into skiing in my tiny teens. Downhill and cross country. My father was an avid hiker, hunter, and backcountry skier. His love for the outdoors definitely rubbed off on me. Biking, walking, soccer, kiteboarding, sailing, water skiing, hiking, camping, music and brewpubs, to name a few.
Once living in the Comox Valley, a good friend introduced me to the Adaptive Snow Sports program on Mt. Washington. I taught skiing as a volunteer for 15 years. We specialized in instructing folks with a wide range of physical and or special needs challenges. Kudos to Mt. Washington for financially supporting Adaptive Snow Sports so well for so long. That was a great opportunity for me to introduce my children to skiing and snowboarding, something we all still love.
I was born in Victoria, BC and grew up on Saltspring Island. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1992, I moved back to Victoria in order to attend a pre-apprenticeship program at Camosun College. There I gained a variety of skills and information, a huge help to starting a career as a tradesperson.
I was thrilled to be hired on as an apprentice right away with M & R Plumbing and Heating, a small father- son business in Victoria. I’m very thankful to those gentlemen for an excellent start, I learned so much from Morgan and Ron in those first years as a plumber’s apprentice!
After moving to the Comox Valley, I took a break from plumbing for a number of years to raise babies, and during that time I founded Elemental Organics, a green box service promoting sustainable agriculture and delivering organic produce to homes on the upper island.
When my youngest entered grade one, I felt ready to get back on the tools… hilariously my first cold call was to Doug the Plumber, who hired me on the spot! There I was able to complete my apprenticeship training and gain lots of experience… I’ve learned so much during my time with Doug the Plumber, and very much enjoy living and working here in the Comox Valley!