Peter was born in Kingston, Jamaica and came to Canada when he was six years old. He is an easy-going person with a generous spirit. His shop is busy, and the phone is constantly ringing with people eager to book appointments. His hard work and determination have clearly paid off.
The Gowdie family started life in Toronto in the west end but soon after moved east, eventually landing Peter at Adam Beck Public School for three years.
“There was only me and two other Black kids, one was my friend Dwight. Not all the kids were mean but there were kids that called me names every day,”
Peter said. “I remember this clearly, they would say my nose was big, so I would start squeezing my nose to try and make it smaller. They said my lips were too big, so in pictures I would try to hold my lips in. I had no idea that anything was wrong with me until I started going to school there.”