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
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
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.