Ketcia Peters is an award winning entrepreneur and community activist with a record of strong results delivered for individuals and organizations across civil society, government and the private sector. As the former Community Co-Chair of the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council (CEC) and a strong advocate of crime prevention measures for at risk youth and delinquency, she delivers projects and programs at schools and community churches that identifies how the system works and addresses issues when caught in the trap of the criminal justice system.
She manages efforts to bring awareness around issues of policing and justice. In her role on CEC, she worked with representatives of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and Aboriginal and racialized communities to develop a Strategic Plan that included Values and Ethics as well as Conflict Resolution programs that have been helpful in ensuring ethical conduct of CEC members and in proactively resolving critical incidents between the police and Aboriginal and racialized communities in Ottawa.
One of the main drivers in developing this strategic plan was to have a reframing of the challenges that OPS had with these communities and thus creating a culture change. Her voluntary role enabled her to have an advanced knowledge of public safety, especially with “at risk” communities (particularly youth involved in gangs, drugs and human trafficking). She works hard to advance the awareness of those issues to find solutions. She’s passionate about championing human rights and her focus is to bring the members of the OPS to the community to continue community-police dialogue about racial profiling, race relations and systemic racism concerns and perceptions, have them present information regarding the Ottawa Police complaint process, and advocate for professional and bias-free policing.
The importance and positive impact of Mrs. Peters’ work can not be mentioned enough regarding Ottawa’s context following the police involved death of Abdirahman Abdi back in summer 2016. The unusually higher distrust of the Black community towards the police institution needed to be funneled towards a constructive goal which Mrs. Peters properly addressed through her community mobilizing efforts in creating a safe space for the racialized community and the Police to dialogue and work out their issues. Her efforts were much applauded involving not just the Black community but as well Ottawa police and the medias services.
Ketcia has a genuine interest in community safety and policing, we have watched her listen to the ideas of member from the Ottawa Police Community Equity Council (CEC) and use their experiences to formulate successful strategies that have helped the Ottawa Police Service achieve and maintain a position as a leader in community and police partnership. She has insight that surpass normal expectation, and has a determination that cannot be beat. Ketcia has earned the respect of everyone in the community. Ketcia Peters dedication and effectiveness in advancing such an important cause and her excellent leadership skills combine make her the very best person for this position.
Other community work
– From 2007 – 2012, Ketcia Peters sat on the board of Black History Ottawa
– Ketcia is currently the Vice-President of Regroupment Affair Femmes (RAF)
Since 2012, Ketcia has been at the head of her recruiting firm specializing in Diversity, staffing & Human Resources. As a professional in the field, she represents professional minorities who lack opportunities in the workplace such as blacks, First Nations, gay and lesbians, free spirited individuals, person with a disability, women and French speaking candidates, by providing equal opportunities and helping them find a career in their fields.