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resolved to the customer's satisfactionResolved The Learning Corner Daycare & Barbara Angulo — Knowingly exposing daycare children to man with criminal record of violence
resolved to the customer's satisfaction
For background with respect to this complaint, please enter "Ridge Meadows Music and Lessons" into the Complaints Board's search engine where I've written of my concerns with respect to parents unknowingly exposing their children to Peter T. Bowen (aka Pete Bowen) also of Maple Ridge.
Mr. Bowen has an extensive criminal history that involved violence toward women and children for the past 20+ years that he has failed to disclose to the parents of the children he is now proposing to teach violin/fiddle/guitar lessons to. He has variously been charged and convicted of assault, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, harassment, uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death, impaired driving and breach of probation. He has served time in various correctional centres and most recently, in September of 2007, emerged from Fraser Regional Correctional Centre after serving time for yet another assault. The charges against him in BC, can be found on the Ministry of Attorney General's website at the following link BUT it should be noted that this is ONLY his record for BC and he has far more convictions in Alberta and Ontario. Click on (or copy/paste) the following link and then enter the name "Peter Bowen" where it asks for the name you're searching. Please note all "k" files signify charges and convictions for domestic violence.:
Shortly (within days) of his release from Fraser Correctional Centre in September of 2007, he met his current girlfriend in Maple Ridge and moved in with her. Her sister, Barbara Angulo, operates The Learning Corner Daycare, a few blocks away from where Mr. Bowen and his girlfriend reside in Maple Ridge.
When Mr. Bowen established his new website located at:
he obtained Ms. Angulo's "professional testimonial" which you will find at:
Her testimonial for him states as follows:
"We were extremely fortunate to have Peter Bowen come to our centre to play the violin for the children. Peter was patient and did a wonderful job keeping the children focused and involved. They were excited and enthralled by his performance! Peter also performs for us at our annual Christmas concerts. His professionalism and talent make it a night to remember. He is extremely entertaining for children and adults alike. If you are considering Peter for any of your music needs, look no further.
The Learning Corner Daycare"
Upon reading this "professional testimonial", Ms. Angulo was thereafter provided with the information regarding Mr. Bowen's violent past and cautioned about (1) Exposing her daycare charges to Mr. Bowen, and (2) providing supportive endorsement of Mr. Bowen's intention to hide his criminal record from public knowledge and particularly, from those who would be trusting him with their children. Ms. Angulo was also provided with the link to the Ministry of Attorney General website provided herein so that she could see for herself what Mr. Bowen's BC record contains. She was told that the public would be advised if she didn't take precautionary steps and revoke her testimonial. She has knowingly refused to do so and remained unresponsive to the opportunity to immunize her charges from Mr. Bowen's presence.
I find Ms. Angulo's apparent allegiance to her sister and her sister's boyfriend, both unconscionable and reckless since the safety of children in her care should, ALWAYS and UNFAILINGLY, be her priority. I am sure the parents of the children in her care would want to be informed of the risks inherent in this situation and be able to make their own decisions in this regard. I know I certainly would.