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Scotty Gardiner was born in 1931 on a farm near Biggar, Saskatchewan and moved at age five to his ancestral home in Fifeshire, Scotland. There he received his education before and during World War II. With his family he returned to Canada in 1948 and settled in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1951. Throughout his 31-year career he served in six Provinces, working in small prairie communities, then ten years as a plainclothes detective, on to senior Officer rank directing major crime investigations locally, nationally and internationally.
Following his RCMP career, Gardiner served 13 years as a senior investigator with the BC Ombudsman Office. Recalled from retirement in 2000 by the BC Ministry of Attorney General, he organized and directed a select group of investigators over a three-year period investigating allegations of sexual abuse in custodial institutions.
Scotty Gardiner and his wife Mary live in Victoria, BC.