Sterling Peyton was born 30 September, 1944 in Come-By-Chance, NL His first exposure to working at the Federal government level involved more than nine years working with the United States Air Force doing civil engineering and accounting & finance as the Real Property and Cost Accounting Officer. From there, he worked with the Canadian federal government for more than 30 years, holding positions with Transport Canada, Manpower and Immigration, Employment and Immigration, Regional Industrial Expansion, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
In 2003 he retired from the Federal Government to accept an appointment as the Provincial Government’s Deputy Minister for the Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs. Finally, in 2004, Mr. Peyton concluded his career in civil service and entered into private business with his wife in Happy-Valley Goose Bay. This move led him to become active in the local business association and he was elected president of the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2007. He was reelected to the position in 2009.
In recognition of his contributions to the way of life in Labrador, Mr. Peyton received the Queen Elizabeth the Second’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. As well, in January 2009 he was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel for Canadian Forces 5 Wing Goose Bay, a position that he still holds.