150 Neighbours

Commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary in Scarborough

Hyacinth Robinson-Powell

Nurses care. With over 40 years of nursing and community involvement, Hyacinth Robinson-Powell has cared a lot about Scarborough. “The need is there,” she says, “so I try to help as much as I can.”

That help has benefitted many people and the evidence of is tangible. In addition to her nursing career, Robinson-Powell is dedicated to supporting and mentoring others. She is a founder and currently Vice-President of the Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses, raising funds to give back to Canada and Jamaica, whether through donations to hospitals or endowed scholarships for nursing students. She is also a member of the Caribbean Philanthropic Council and has been honoured for her leadership in community outreach to support the Scarborough Hospital.

She graduated in 1972 from the University of the West Indies as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. Following two sisters to Canada, she settled in Scarborough and attained her BSc in Nursing.

“When I moved here there was mostly farmland. With more houses come more people, more change and more need,” she says, describing her commitment to the community.

Hyacinth is also one of the founders of TAIBU Community Health Centre, the multidisciplinary, not-for-profit organization established in Malvern to serve the Afro Canadian community across the Greater Toronto Area. She maintains an active interest in the centre and is proud that in addition to providing primary health care and health promotion, their programming is expanding. This month, the Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses is launching a daycare program at TAIBU for persons with dementia, with funding assistance from the Trillium Foundation.

“Scarborough is an amazing place to live in and raise kids,” says Robinson-Powell. “TAIBU has helped a lot. The hospital amalgamation has helped a lot. There are amazing people here who have done a lot over the years.”

Helping her community, close to home and abroad, Hyacinth Robinson-Powell is a caring nurse responding to need.

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