Born in Timmins Ontario, Kathleen Peddle, B.A. M.D. FRCP(c), spent her career as a specialist physician in rehabilitation medicine, crossed trained in rheumatology, orthopaedics and neurology, graduating from University of Western Ontario in 1966 as MD at the age of 24. Afterwards, she did post-graduate studies in Vancouver, Edinburgh Scotland, London England and finally Toronto, finishing her training as Chief Resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
After her studies, she chose to return to community-based private practice, rather than an academic career. She was asked to see patients from every province, from the academic community, and the president of the Canadian Medical Association. Kathleen served on the board of the Physicians Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation for 22 years and was President for two years. PSI is a unique MD financed, scientific research foundation of over 100 million dollars.
Kathleen volunteered locally as chairman of PAMA, active member for 17 years, the Grace United Church board for five years, the Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledonia for three terms, and was a Medical Advisor for the Salvation Army women’s shelter and the Brampton Symphony Orchestra Board. She has also served on the Ontario boards of the Red Cross Society, and the Arthritis Society and the OMA section chair and archives chair. She also served the Canadian Society of Medical Examiners Board.