Executive Members
Vibert Lampkin

Attended Saints from 1944 to 1951

Contact Me
v.lampkin AT st-stanislaus-gy.com
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Executive Position:   Immediate Past President
 
About Me
Born in Kitty, Georgetown, Guyana, on April 14, 1933,

1939 – 1944 attended St. Winifred’s Roman Catholic Primary School.

1944 – 1951 attended St. Stanislaus College. Deputy Head Boy 1950 – 1951.

1951 – 1954 appointed Assistant Master, St. Stanislaus College, teaching Latin and Elementary Mathematics in the middle school.

1952 - while a full-time teacher, runner-up in the Guiana Scholarship, placing sixth in order of merit of the ten who reached Guiana Scholarship standard: first in Latin in the country; second in Pure Mathematics - one mark behind the winner Sidney Jaikaran of Queen's College, but lost ground in Applied Mathematics. The only student from St. Stanislaus that year.

1954 – 1958 Articles of Clerkship with Sir John Carter, QC.
1957 - Bachelor of Laws, University of London.

1958 – Qualified as a Solicitor under the English Legal System.

1959 – Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of Guyana.

1959 – 1967 Practised as a Solicitor in partnership with Sir John Carter QC.

1965 – Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England.

1967 – Migrated to Canada.

1967 -1968 Articles of Clerkship with Joseph Rosenfeld Q.C. in Toronto.

1969 – Admitted as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of Ontario.

1969 – 1973 Practised as a Barrister & Solicitor with the firm of Rosenfeld, Schwartz & Brown in Toronto.

1973 – 1982 Partner in the firm of Rosenfeld, Schwartz, Malcolmson, Lampkin & Levine in Toronto.

1977 – Master of Laws, York University.
1982 – 2008 Appointed Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

1994 – 1996 Appointed Commissioner, Ontario Law Reform Commission.

1995 – Canadian Black Achievement Award in Law.
2003 – Guyana Independence Lifetime Achievement Award.

2008 – Honorary Doctor of Laws (Law Society of Upper Canada).

2009 – Honorary Doctor of Laws (York University).
 
Advice To Students
My advice to students is the same advice I give to young lawyers, advice that Father Lynch SJ, my math teacher at Saints, gave to us decades ago: 'Do the very best you can because anything worth doing is worth doing well'.
 
Favourite Memories of Saints
Most memorable event at St. Stanislaus was when I was an Assistant Master. I joined the staff of St. Stanislaus in September 1951 when I was just 18 years old and had been a fellow student of all the boys there except for those who were entering Form Two when I joined. Moreover, I was perhaps just 4 or 5 years older than many of those I was teaching.
One afternoon I was teaching in third form and was writing on the blackboard. I heard a sound behind and turned around to see a mango being thrown by one student to the other. I told the student who caught it to come to the front of the room and throw the mango into the waste-paper basket. He approached the front of the room but instead of throwing it into the basket, he tossed it across the room through the window, whereupon the whole class was in an uproar. Unknown to all of us, Father Scannell, S.J., the Principal, was in the hallway outside of the adjoining classroom. He quickly entered my classroom and asked whether there was anyone who was responsible for the loud commotion. I looked around the room and told Father Scannell: “No”, which was a lie. When he left, the student came to me, shook my hand and said: “Thanks, sir”. He was the third and youngest son of a very prominent family in Georgetown and I will refer to him as ‘AB’, which are not his initials. Unknown to me at the time, he was under threat of suspension or expulsion for bad behaviour as there were complaints by others against him. If I had identified him, he would have been expelled, notwithstanding the prominence of his family.

Some months later Father Scannell asked me whether anything unusual had overcome AB. I could not understand why he asked. He then revealed to me that he was the most reformed boy in the school. To this day I cannot help thinking that I saved his bacon by lying to Father Scannell. After St. Stanislaus AB went to England where he qualified as a Barrister-at-Law!
 
Why the Alumni Association is important to me
The Association is important to me because it is in some small measure 'giving back' what Saints gave to me, a sound education and the desire to try to do as well as I could do in all areas of my life.

When I entered Saints as an eleven-year old, I was barely an average student and remained so until I was fifteen. At term exams, I was no better than middle to lower half of the class. At that age, in January 1948 at the time when my grandfather died, I realised that the Oxford & Cambridge Examination was 18 months away - June 1949 - and I had to start applying myself. My class was the first class Saints would be offering students for the Oxford & Cambridge Exam, replacing the Cambridge Senior Examination taken in or about October. There were five term exams before the Oxford & Cambridge. Application, encouragement and hard work brought me from middle of the class to fourth in one term and there I remained for two more terms- Rafiq Khan, Jerome Bacchus and Marcellus Fielden Singh ahead of me. The fourth term test I overtook Fielden Singh. The fifth term I overtook Jerome Bacchus but I never overtook Rafiq Khan in term tests. You could better Rafiq in Math and the Sciences but he would kill you in the Languages and Literature, Geography and Scripture. When the Oxford & Cambridge rolled around, twenty-five of us took the exam. The class excelled in scripture - there were sixteen distinctions and nine credits. Only three got two distinctions: Rafiq and I got distinctions in Latin and Scripture; Jerome Bacchus got distinctions in Physics with Chemistry and Scripture. Those were not days when anyone got more than two distinctions. We all did the same eight subjects. I got two distinctions, five credits and a pass - in French. In those days in order to matriculate, you needed credits in five subjects including English, Math and a foreign language. One student got five credits but failed Latin and French - he did not matriculate but had no intention of going on to University. Then I entered sixth form and the rest is history.