:: Elvin "Peaks" Pompey ::

The Dr. Allan Liverpool Recognition Award (2003)

Elvin Pompey who hails from Canouan, one of the Grenadines immigrated to Canada in 1968. Upon his arrival he continued playing cricket at a competitive level by joining 'Commonwealth Sports Club', one of the premiere cricket clubs in Toronto where he played and captained until 1988. He served on the United Way Committee to produce the first cricket match ever played at the 'Skydome', Toronto between West Indies and the Rest of the World. He has also served on the committee to bring 'Sahara Cup' to Toronto, a series between India and Pakistan. In 1985 and 1989, Elvin captained the Masters Cricket Team in world tournaments in Canada and Denmark respectively.

Elvin was first elected in 1983 to the Toronto and District Cricket League Executive serving as Vice-President and Discipline Chairperson, while being a player. Later became its president in 1989. Since then and to the present he has held that position (13 consecutive years) and on many occasions ran unopposed. As a matter of fact, Pompey thought that he had enough of running this major organization that he decided not to run during the 2003 elections. He was however overwhelmed when the majority of delegates at the Annual General Meeting petitioned and convinced him to continue as President.

The Toronto and District Cricket Association is North America's largest cricketing body withsome 2000 plus membership. During his term as head of this august body, Pompey has reached to the youth by organizing recruitment and developmental programs geared to bringing young people to the game. Most of the players on the Canadian Senior and Junior teams are affiliated with clubs in the T&D Cricket League. He is also a director of the Ontario Cricket Association. For a number of years, 'Peaks', as he is commonly called, worked closely with this Association's cricket team and the St. Vincent team based in New York, in organizing an annual cricket game between individuals from the league and cricketers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Not forgetting his roots, Elvin Pompey has made donations to cricket in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Schools benefiting from his generosity include - Canouan Public School, as well as St. Martin's Secondary School and St. Joseph's Convent (Marriaqua) on mainland St. Vincent with contributions of complete cricket gears.

On one of his many cricket tours to Jamaica in 1980's as Touring Manager of the Commonwealth Sports Club, he was appalled at the living conditions of the children in 'Boys Town', Pompey approached the Reverend Father Sherlock of the Catholic Church and volunteered an annual monetary contribution to benefit the kids. He is currently contributing to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Elvin Pompey is a Service Manager with Chrysler Canada. He is married to Petra and they have a total of 6 children and 5 grandchildren.


 
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