Meet Pete Wiesner

Born and raised in Hamilton, Pete Wiesner grew up at Barton and Kenilworth and on the East Mountain.

Pete has worked in law enforcement for 27 years, including 22 with the Hamilton Police Service, and has spent his entire career serving the people of Hamilton Centre. Since 2019, he has led the Crisis Response Branch providing immediate response and support to those marginalized by homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges.

Pete’s team secured $8.3 million dollars from the Ontario government last year for Hamilton’s Crisis Response program. This funding will partner social workers with police during crisis calls across Hamilton to help provide more holistic support to those who need it most. In 2022, Pete was promoted to Sergeant.

When not on the job, Pete has coached Hamilton athletes on minor baseball and hockey teams since 2007. He is currently the assistant coach for the U21 Hamilton Junior Cardinals farm team to the International Baseball League’s (IBL) Hamilton Cardinals.

Through his own family and work experiences, Pete understands first-hand that mental health can impact people’s daily lives. He has been a strong advocate for mental health, and removing the stigma around it, so that people feel safe talking about their struggles without fear of being judged or stigmatized.

Pete is married to Elise and has two children, Isaiah (18) and Katie (17). They also have two dogs: Milo (a bulldog) and Buddy (a golden doodle), who love camping trips.