Lennox Farrell was born in Laventille, that lofty cultural montane in Trinidad & Tobago where the historic steelpan was seeded, nurtured and flourished. Grown nearby in Morvant with his parents, Philippa and Medford Farrell, and eight blood, plus six adopted siblings, he was an early devotee of literature, drama and writing; his father having enticed him into loving philosophy, and his mother into the insights and power in drama, poetry and literature; thus becoming an active participant in the Better Village Programs. Migrating to Canada in 1969; graduating a professional teacher from the Univ. of Toronto, and decades later, having twinned high-schools with students annually travelling between Canada and Barbados, to better understand that the ‘world is more exciting than McDonalds’, he was honoured as an Ontario Teacher of the Year. A founding member of the Black Action Defence Committee, candidate for provincial NDP elections, a Chair of the Rally Against Apartheid, he has been an active member of Toronto’s magnificent Black community. A writer, he has published ‘Poetry Not Amnesia'; a musical drama: ‘Soul Brother Job'; several plays including ‘Warahoun’, and essays on race, education, culture and politics. A former Chairman of Caribana, he supervised and completed a 5-year Strategic Plan (1995). This was to try and make funding the corporation more predictable, independent, and more representative of the Emancipation ethos and Enslavement history from which Carnival, and the steelpan are cultural vignettes.
FAITH is what we practise … getting saved;
GRACE is what God practises … saving us.