Malcolm Peat

Malcolm Peat

Grenada, Jamaica, Thailand, India

1983, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1987

Over the course of his career, Dr. Malcolm Peat touched many lives around the world. His international career began as Advisor of Rehabilitation in the Ministry of Overseas Development for the United Kingdom (1960-71). He established the first Physical Therapy program in Myanmar (formerly Burma), where he trained over 1000 therapists, and developed policy in physical rehabilitation and disability services, as well as educational programs in universities in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

For this work he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1967 by H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth.

Dr. Peat immigrated to Canada in 1971 where he became the Director of the Physical Therapy School at Western University and subsequently Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s University. During his career, Malcolm held consultant positions with the World Health Organization, World Bank, UN, NGOs and foreign governments.

Dr. Peat established the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) at Queens. ICACBR worked with communities affected by conflict, poverty, oppression, displacement, tsunamis, and land mines.

What began as a project in Asia led to work in Canada, the Americas, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eritrea, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as well as to on-line learning programs for students all around the world. Many thousands have been impacted by his vision for equity and inclusion that led to the betterment of the lives of people with disabilities and their communities.

His passion for the work kept him actively involved with ICACBR until 2014 when he finally retired. Dr. Peat died suddenly in January 17, 2017 while doing what he loved best, travelling the world with his companion.