November 2013 Volume 10

Profile of Neville Prowde

Reprinted from Toronto Souvenir Journal 2013
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Neville Prowde left Kingston College in 1958 after completing the Senior Cambridge Exams.
While there, he was quite active in sports: he played on the Sunlight Cricket Team (1958) for the College.

Neville studied surveying at Dawson College and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors where he obtained a M.C.I.Q.S in 1974. In 1976, he obtained a C.I.M. from McGill University.  He later attended the University of Toronto graduating with a B.Ed in 1982 and in 1995 he earned a B.A. from York University in Toronto.

Neville worked with SIDBEC-DOSCO, a Quebec Government Company for ten years before resigning as a Manager for Drafting and Design for the steel company.

On arriving in Toronto with his intention to return to Jamaica, Neville made a career switch and became an Educator with the Scarborough School Board (now the Toronto District School Board, TDSB).

As an Educator, he spent twenty five years with the TDSB. His work was quite outstanding inside and outside the classroom. He participated in the development of a program called GRACE - Graduate Race Relations Awareness & Community Experience - and also chaired Parent/ Teacher Programs.

He brought a strong Jamaican flavor to the Board. He completed the Principal’s Course, and retired as Technical Director from the TDSB.

Neville also is a committed community person. He was President of The John Brooks Community Foundation Scholarship Fund for two successful years; A volunteer with the City of Vaughan for over ten years, he served as Vice-Chair for their Safe City Committee.

In 2008, he received an Award for Community Service in the field of Education from the Government of Jamaica through the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

With the KCOBA (Toronto Chapter), he served as President for three years. During his tenure, KC had its first World Wide Reunion here in Toronto. It was attended by Mr. Douglas Forest, then Head Master, Major Cohen and Vice Principal, Helen Douglas.

It should also be noted, as then President due to his hard work, people skills and great help from his lovely wife, Ina Joy (A quiet KC girl!), he had the distinction of organizing the most well-attended Reunion Awards Banquet this Chapter has ever hosted to date.

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