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SEEN UP NORTH: Steinbok joins ‘Ball’ of Fame

Tony Best

SEEN UP NORTH: Steinbok joins ‘Ball’ of Fame

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Barbadian Dr Paul Steinbok was the man of the hour at the annual ball hosted by the Barbados Ball Canada Aid (BBCA).
The organisation in Toronto that sponsors the annual elegant function and supports a plethora of deserving social causes in Barbados and Canada, selected Dr Steinbok as this year’s recipient of its Ball Award.
“He is a legend whose work in the medical field is truly outstanding,” said Steve Kirton, a retired banker of Brampton and president of BBCA.
“He makes us all proud of him and we thought we should recognise his achievements.”
Steinbok, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada since 1977 and a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery for more than 30 years, has made a name for himself and Barbados in medicine in and out of his birthplace and Canada.
A graduate of Harrison College, Steinbok won the Barbados Scholarship in the 1960s. He received his early medical training at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica before going on to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. He was also trained at Duke University and the University of North Carolina in the United States and at Canada’s University of British Columbia.
Today, the expert brain surgeon is a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is president of the International Society for Paediatric Neurosurgery.
As Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart stated in a message to the BBCA, Steinbok “is an outstanding role model, not only for crossing new frontiers in his chosen discipline, but also for giving back much of his expertise to communities in Barbados, Jamaica, Canada, the US and further afield”.
Two other prominent Bajans were honoured at the ball, which attracted more than 500 guests to the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton. Evelyn Greaves, who stepped down in May after six years as Barbados’ High Commissioner in Ottawa, and Joan Hinds, a member of BBCA, received special awards for their work.
“Giving seems to have been your thought and action over the 11 years of your existence,” Haynesley Benn, Barbados’ Consul General in Toronto, told the guests.
Memories of Yesteryear was the theme of the ball, which was hosted by Shereen “Red” Sheriff and Paul Yellin, a chef and author of a popular rum cookbook Infusion. The Rev. Dr Sonia Hinds delivered the invocation.?