Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) vice-president and health administrator Sylvanus Thompson has won a prestigious honour. He was presented with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) and the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada National Sanitation Foundation Food Safety award at the CIPHI national conference in Halifax.
Public Health Inspector Raymond Ramdayal nominated Thompson for the award.
“At a time when consumer confidence in food safety is declining and there is increasing concerns about the safety of food from all commercial food service establishments, it’s a great honour to be recognized for my contributions at this prestigious level,” said Thompson, the Toronto Public Health Environmental Health Program quality assurance manager. “It’s even more rewarding as this resulted from a nomination process.”
A graduate of Clarendon College, the West Indies School of Public Health, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph, Berkley and York University’s Schulich School of Business, Thompson has nearly 30 years environmental health management experience.
He played a major role in the implementation of the Toronto Food Inspection and Disclosure System – DineSafe – that posts inspection results for Toronto eateries online and in their front windows.
The program was recognized with the 56-year-old Samuel J. Crumbine Protection award in Ohio last month.
Thompson is a Canadian Health Service Research Foundation Fellow and a member of the Toronto Public Health Professional Practice Student Preceptor program, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario and the American Society for Quality.
Prior to migrating to Canada, he was the veterinary public health coordinator responsible for food safety with Jamaica’s Western Regional Health Authority and past president of the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors.
Outside the professional realm, Thompson is active in the community. The former JCA Scholarship Awards committee chair coordinates relief efforts on behalf of the JCA and is the Spelling Bee of Canada’s North York West chapter president.