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My Oak Bay: Q&A with Kent Thom

Meet Kent Thom, Deputy Chief with Oak Bay Police in the Q and A portion of My Oak Bay

 

What does your ideal day in Oak Bay look like?

A day where I have been able to impact someone’s life in a positive way.

 

 

What is one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do?

Travel to every continent on the globe. I have travelled extensively within North America, a little bit in Central America, Europe and Africa, but there are still lots of places to see and cultures to experience.

 

 

What book is on your nightstand?

I am just about to finish LA Justice. Lessons learned from the Firestorm, written by (former) Assistant Chief of Police Bob Vernon of the LAPD. He talks mainly about his 35-year career in the LAPD, the politics involved and his experiences (his career concluded with the Rodney King incident and the subsequent fall-out in the city of LA). I am just about to start The Greatest Generation by former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw.

What person, living or dead, would you like to have dinner with?

Living – Rev Billy Graham. His life experiences and the people he has met and had intimate conversations with, both living and dead, (including political, leaders, entertainers, sports stars, philosophers and spiritual leaders) would make for a fascinating conversation.

Passed on – My grandfather on my father’s side. He passed away when my father was very young due to injuries he suffered from his involvement in the First World War.

 

 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Negativity. Especially when the individuals spreading the negativity are not willing to work collaboratively on a reasonable solution with whomever has the ability to effect change and possibly turn the negative situation into a positive one.

A lesson from someone you admire that affects you still today?

Learning from my three daughters to try and practice patience no matter what your situation is. I have observed each of my daughters in different circumstances work diligently to effect change to a certain point, but after that they have demonstrated how to be patient and wait to see the what the eventual outcome of that situation will be. They have also demonstrated how, at times, a person must live with that outcome even though it’s not necessarily the one you might feel is the best one for you.

If you weren’t a police officer, what work would you be doing?

Humanitarian work or doing some work with rescue animals. My whole family has been involved with humanitarian work, both locally and internationally, on a volunteer level for a few years now and we find great value in helping others in need. My wife and I also love animals and would like to work with organization(s) involved with animal rescue efforts when I retire.

 

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