W. Canova Peterson
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Meet Canova

 
Mr. Peterson is an architect and the proprietor of Canova Associates Architecture in Mechanicsville.  He was a member of the Corp of Cadets at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Architecture including fifth year studies in Urban and Regional Planning.
 
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and was awarded the bronze star during his service as an armored cavalry platoon leader in Vietnam. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and assigned duties as the executive officer of the Squadron's Air Cavalry Troop. 
 
After returning from Vietnam, he began his career in architecture, moving to Mechanicsville in 1973 and founding Canova Associates Architecture in 1979.
 
Education
  • Graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1963
  • Graduated from Virginia Tech with Bachelors of Architecture in 1968
  • Fifth year option in Urban & Regional Planning
Stationed in Republic of Vietnam (1969 – 1970)
  • Armored Cavalry Platoon Leader
  • B Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry attached to 4th Infantry Division
  • Awarded Bronze Star (1970)
  • Air Cavalry Troop Executive Officer
  • D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry attached to 4th Infantry
  • Honorably discharged from active duty (1970)
Moved to Mechanicsville, VA in 1973
Founded Canova Associates Architecture (1979)
Community Service:
  • Past Member, Community Advisory Board for Memorial Regional Medical Center
  • Member, Board of Directors for Convenant Woods
  • Member VFW Post 9808
  • American Legion Post 175
  • Invited to join the Hanover County Rotary Club in 1973
    • Club President (1982 – 1983) Help establish the Shrimp & Suds annual fundraising event.
    • District Governor’s Special Representative for forming the Mechanicsville Rotary Club (1991 – 1993)
    • Hanover Rotary Foundation Board of Directors (2008 – )
    • Named Rotarian of the Year (2007 – 2008)
    • Paul Harris Fellow
    • Benefactor
  • Past member Washington & Henry Masonic Lodge #344
  • Past member Mechanicsville Ruritan Club
  • Covenant Woods Board of Directors
Government Service:
  • Hanover County Housing Task Force
  • King William County Building & Code Appeals Board     (2004 – )
  • Board of Supervisors, Mechanicsville District       (2011 -  )
    • Chairman of the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization
    • Hanover representative on the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
  
 
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