We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Peter Golden, a co-founder and long-time board member of Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture.
For over thirty years, Peter served as a passionate, skilled lawyer in Victoria. He graduated from McGill Law School, and became a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Group in Victoria BC.
With a specialization in immigration and refugee law, Peter was a steadfast advocate for human rights in the community and made a profound impact in the lives
of many. He was a frequent speaker and panel-member in conferences both locally and internationally. In addition to substantial professional and voluntary contributions in Canada, Peter travelled abroad to promote international
human rights, including his role as independent election observer in Mexico and El Salvador.
Peter’s contributions to VCST have been numerous and included his championing of the ‘VCST Medical Oversight Committee Proposal’ which aims to raise the international standard of practice related to torture and abuse.
Peter is remembered as an enthusiastic champion for social justice, a skilled and dedicated lawyer, and a reliable friend with a great sense of humour. He is loved by the community and will be deeply missed. Our most condolences to his family.
The VCST Family