Born in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis |
Ernest’s mother emigrated to the United Kingdom to seek better opportunities both for herself and her kids, and at the age of thirteen, Ernest followed. While living there he visited his sister in Canada and fell in love with this country. Then, at the age of twenty Ernest reconnected with a childhood friend who was living in Toronto, and shortly after, they were married. Together they have raised a family here. Ernest enjoys how he can learn about so many different cultures in Toronto, and specifically how he can learn about the Caribbean’s diversity and connect here with so many people from there. He is a music lover, specifically jazz and blues, and also a huge cricket and soccer fan – all of which Toronto offers so many opportunities to participate in, or enjoy. He is also an entrepreneur and feels like the region is very active, business-wise.
Toronto as Home
When growing up in Nevis, West Indies, Ernest always had a view of the sea, and he has always yearned to have such a beautiful view close by. The Ajax Waterfront Park fulfills this desire, and it gives him that natural comfort he remembers having as a child. He takes every opportunity to visit the waterfront, either with family and friends, or alone, to appreciate nature’s beauty and to simply people watch.
Connection with the Past
Ernest is holding the notice from his mother Froncil Violet James’ funeral service that took place at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Scarborough. This picture has special significance because it is the last one he took of her at his home. As a seamstress for a UK clothing manufacturer, his mother had a special affinity for hats, and Ernest is glad he was able to take this photograph with her wearing one of her favourites. He will always remember her ability to make him laugh, even during the most serious of discussions. Her smiling face is reminiscent of the many phases of his life, one of which included weekends when she would cook his favorite meal and watch him with amazement as he devoured the food. Ernest also hopes that should he have the good fortune to live to her age, he would do so with the same grace and charm.