Reprinted from Toronto Souvenir Journal 2013
Lance Seymour was born in West Bromwich, England and grew up in the Whitfield Town area of Kingston, Jamaica. He attended the Whitfield Town Primary school and was fortunate to be awarded a place at the prestigious Kingston College: the only high school he wanted to attend.
While at KC, Lance worked at the Ministry of Finance during the summer months of his 5th and 6th Form years, which led to a permanent position on leaving school. He eventually transferred to the Income Tax Department.
During his stint there, he decided to pursue a course of study in Accounting at the then College of Arts, Science and Technology (now the University of Technology). A subsequent transfer to the Ministry of Health proved pivotal in determining his career path. A decision by the Government to establish a local computer data processing department specifically for the Ministry of Health, as part of a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored program, required the selection of two candidates to pursue computer studies in
Washington DC, USA.
Lance emerged as one of the two successful candidates selected from a Ministry-wide pool, based on the results of aptitude testing, an initial training and exam conducted by the Central Data Processing Unit (CDPU,) the main computer processing and training facility of the Jamaican Government.
Upon his return to Jamaica, he was seconded to the CDPU where he worked as a computer programmer, ultimately attaining the position of Systems Programmer. He completed further studies in Paris, France to prepare him for a consulting role to the National Library of Jamaica, an entity with plans at that time to establish automated systems unique to their operations.
He eventually left the public sector for a position at a private software house, leading a team of developers responsible for the development of commercial business packages.
In 1988, Lance decided for the benefit of his family, to leave Jamaica for Toronto, Canada. A project management professional (PMP), he is currently employed by the largest financial institution in Canada as a Technology Program Manager with program management responsibilities for a major strategic multi-year transformational program.
Upon his arrival in Canada, he immediately got involved in the Kingston College Old Boys' Association (Toronto chapter) and has been an active board member since 1996. He has held several positions including, Secretary, vice-president, culminating in a stint as president (2005 - 2010).
During his tenure as president, Toronto hosted the renewal of the then annual summit of KCOBA; retired all outstanding debts; committed to an annual contribution of CAD $1,000 to the Kingston College Development Trust Fund (KCDTF); provided bursaries to needy students; established local accounts in Jamaica to expedite the disbursement of funds for the breakfast program, citizenship awards and teachers appreciation luncheon. A significant donation of tools valued at CAD $25,000 to the Industrial Arts Program by the Carpenters’ Union of Ontario was secured on his watch.
His desire to give back extends to the wider community. He has made significant personal financial contributions to the Alliance of Jamaica Alumni Association (AJAA), Queens University, university of Toronto and several other charities that support causes of mutual interest.
Having participated in several sports at the form level during his time at KC, his extra-curricular activities included playing keyboards, and active participation in sports, primarily table tennis and football (soccer). He has represented all former and current employers in the latter sport.
Today, that has been relegated to watching it on television. He is a former civil service table tennis doubles champion and member of the all-conquering Ministry of Health table tennis teams of the late 1970s. In another activity, he has studied piano up to the grade 8 level of the Royal School of Music (London).
Lance is married to Ruby and they are the proud parents of Alison and Nicole.