ELVIN H. EDWARDS
Elvin Hubert Edwards was born in Arima on April 28th, 1950, the son of Vincent and Lucy Edwards.
He attended Teacher Lucy’s Pre-School, Arima Boys’ Roman Catholic School as well as Arima Boys’ Government School before moving on to Holy Cross College in Arima for his secondary education.
He completed the Executive Development Programme at Royal Bank before heading to Ryerson Technical College in Toronto in 1974 to complete a P/L1 Computer Programming Module.
He also attended Algonquin College in Ottawa from 2005 – 2007 (Part-Time) where he successfully completed four (4) Management Programmes.
After completing his secondary education, Elvin began his working career at Caribbean Printers Limited on O’Meara Road before taking up a position at T&T.E.C.’s Head Office on Park Street in Port of Spain.
He migrated to Canada in June of 1970 and worked at the University of Toronto, Canada until August of 1975 as a Computer Operator and then as Master Terminal Operator.
He returned to Trinidad and Tobago on August 5th, 1975 (Caribana Day) in order to attend Blanchisseuse Harvest.
In October 1975 Elvin joined Royal Bank on Chancery Lane, Port of Spain and held the following positions: Senior Computer Operator, Assistant Manager of Computer Operations, Manager of Computer Operations, Manager of Processing Centre and Manager of Business Resumption and Planning.
He remained at Royal Bank until 1999.
He served as Mayor of Arima for two terms from July 1996 – June 2003 before receiving a posting at the High Commission for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Canada as the Information Attache from December 2003 – August 2010.
He also served as the Personal Assistant to the Mayor of Arima from November 2013 to November 2016.
He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the North Central Regional Health Authority.
An avid sportsman, he spent much of his youth playing windball cricket and fete match football with Parkstars in Arima.
He represented Fulham Sports Club, Arima at age 17 in the field of cricket and football.
He was invited to National Trials in 1968 for the Trinidad and Tobago Senior Cricket and Football teams and represented Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 25 cricket team against an Australian Under 19 team at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre in January of 1970.
In 1968, he scored 167 runs in a National Under 19 quarter-final against Trinity College, Moka at Fatima Grounds in Port of Spain as captain of Holy Cross College and scored two consecutive centuries, both not out, for Fulham Sports Club in 1992 at the Larry Gomes Enclosure in Arima.
During his years in Canada, he played football with Iere Sports Club in Toronto from July 1970 to July 1975 with the likes of Henry Quanvie, Allan Callender, Vivian Manswell, Anthony Skerrit and Ormond Mendes on a very successful team which moved from 4th Division to 1st Division and with Hurricanes Sports Club in Ottawa from 2004 to 2010 and cricket with Cathedral Sports Club in Ottawa between 2007 and 2008.
On returning to Trinidad and Tobago, he continued playing cricket and football for Fulham Sports Club in Arima and the Harvard Club, Port of Spain.
Elvin lists his fondest memories in life as getting married to Earlyn Edwards and raising three adorable, talented and respectable young men, Blaine, Shane and Cyrone Edwards.
He and his family still reside in Arima.
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