7338 Hill View Drive Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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W. Canova Peterson was elected as the Mechanicsville District Supervisor in
November 2011 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2013. He serves on the
following board committees: Community Development; Facility Space Needs;
Finance; Roads; and Rules. Mr. Peterson also serves on the Joint Education
Committee. He represents Hanover County on the Richmond Area Metropolitan
Planning Organization Board and the Richmond Regional Planning District
An architect, Mr. Peterson has lived in Hanover County for nearly 40 years
and has been active in community service with many organizations including the
Hanover County Rotary Club, Mechanicsville Ruritan Club, Memorial Regional
Medical Center Community Advisory Board and V.F.W. Post 9808.
Mr. Peterson was graduated from Virginia Tech in 1968 with a Bachelor’s
degree in architecture and a fifth-year option in urban and regional planning.
Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In
1969-70 he was stationed in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was an Armored
Cavalry Platoon Leader. He was awarded a Bronze Star. He was promoted to 1st
Lieutenant as Air Cavalry Troop Executive Officer.
After being honorably discharged from active duty in 1970, Mr. Peterson
began his career as an architect in Newark, Delaware. He moved to
Mechanicsville in 1973 and in 1979 he founded Canova Associates Architecture.
Mr. Peterson is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Virginia
Society of American Institute of Architects (VSAIA), the James River chapter of
VSAIA and the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture. He is a past
Board Director for the Construction Specifications Institutes, Richmond
Mr. Peterson is also a past president of the Hanover County Rotary Club and
in 1991-93 he was the District Governor’s Special Representative for forming
the Mechanicville Rotary Club. He was named Rotarian of the Year for 2007-08
and serves on the Hanover Rotary Foundation Board of Directors. He also is a
past member of the Mechanicsville Ruritan Club and Washington & Henry
Masonic Lodge #344. He has been a member of Memorial Regional Medical Center’s
Community Advisory Board since 2009 and currently serves as that Board’s
Mr. Peterson and his wife Patricia Hill Peterson have three children and six