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The late Clovis John Brooks is remembered in Toronto, Canada, for his passion and dedication to humanity and children in particular.
As a community stalwart, he founded the John Brooks Community Foundation and Scholarship Fund in 1981, to recognise academic excellence in high school students of African descent.
When Mr. Brooks died in 2008 at the age of 84, it was a blow to Jamaica, the Caribbean and Canadian.
His memory will now be kept alive forever with the recent naming and unveiling of a laneway in his honour in the Regal Heights community in Toronto. The Clovis John Brooks Lane is located just metres from the home he shared with his wife, Pat Brooks, since they migrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1963, and where she still resides.
Former President of the Regal Heights Residents’ Association, Mr. David Raymont, said after the city of Toronto decided that laneways could be named after citizens who have made significant contributions to communities, it was only fitting that the name Clovis John Brooks be submitted for his contributions to his community, to Ontario and Canada.
In a short, but poignant ceremony, the sign was unveiled by granddaughter Amanda Stines and grandson Geoffrey Stines, after being wrapped with the Canadian and Jamaican flags, in acknowledgement of Mr. Brooks’ dual nationalities.
Speaking to JIS News, Mrs. Brooks said she was honoured that the laneway was going to be named after her late husband.
“John did so much and it is very nice, because if I am in my room on the second floor I can see the sign from there,” she said.
John Brooks, who grew up in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, received many awards during his lifetime, including Jamaica’s Order of Distinction; the Order of Canada; the Order of Ontario; and an honorary doctorate degree from Queen’s University.
In attendance were Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. George Ramocan; Member of Parliament for York South Weston, Mr. Alan Tonks; Toronto City Councillor, Mr. Cesar Polacio; President of the John Brooks Community Foundation and Scholarship Fund, Ms. Jean Forde; relatives; friends; and several scholarship recipients.