DR. OLGA MAVIS RAMPERSAUD

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DR. OLGA MAVIS RAMPERSAUD (1923 - 2012) MRCS, LRCP; DGO; MRCOG; LMCC; DPH; FRCOG Obstetrician & Gynaecologist; Associate Medical Officer of Health. Died on December 3, 2012, after a prolonged illness. Mavis was born in Trinidad, West Indies, one of twenty children born to Sevkinandan Rampersaud. Mavis attributed her success to her father who defied the tradition of the time, sending his daughter to pursue further educational opportunities in far-off places. Her commitment to education led her to support many of her nieces and nephews to pursue their own higher education. Mavis is survived by her sisters and brothers, Enid, Diane, Rita, Roy, Gy and by her nieces and nephews. Mavis' life was dedicated to medical service. After two years at MCGill University, in 1944, Mavis was awarded a British Council Scholarship to the University of Liverpool, England where she obtained her medical training. After obtaining her degree, Mavis returned to Trinidad and worked in the hospitals at Port-of Spain, San Fernando and Sangre Grande. Here she witnessed the high maternal mortality and morbidity. To assist in improving women's health, maternal and child health, Mavis obtained additional training in Midwifery and a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 1959, she became the first woman born and residing in the then British West Indies to obtain the degree of M.R.C.O.G. from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, England. Later, in recognition of her contribution to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mavis was elected by the Royal College to the Fellowship of the College and received the F.R.C.O.G. She continued to work for seventeen years in Trinidad devoting her time to serving the medical needs of the people of her homeland. Mavis immigrated to Canada in November 1967. Mavis held the position of Public Health Physician, Director of Medical Services and Preventive Clinical Manager for the Western Health Area of the City of Toronto and Associate Medical Officer of Health. She undertook the review and evaluation of the programs and services so as to maximize the impact of allocated resources in the changing multicultural context of Toronto. Mavis received the Canadian Indo Caribbean OSSIC Award for outstanding personal achievement and service to humanity. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Mavis was a caring, generous individual who believed (like her father) that education was the best gift you can give anyone and in this role she has contributed to and encouraged many of her nieces and nephews to follow their careers. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church, 354 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto (east of Bathurst), on Saturday, December 8th at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at the church. The family requests that instead of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson Society Of Canada, 316 - 4211 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2P 2A9, 416-227-9700. "Mavis hoped that she has touched and encouraged those with whom she has made contact as they have inspired her pursuits"
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Published in the Toronto Star from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2012
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