Bio of Philip Mascoll
Philip Mascoll (Director, Finance, Business Affairs & Special Projects)
In June 2004, at the first Jamaican Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, Philip Mascoll was elected President of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation and elected to the Advisory Board of the Jamaican Diaspora. He was re-elected to both the Presidency and the Advisory Board in June 2006. He is currently the Immediate Past President and Director of Business, Finance and Special Projects for the JDCF.
Philip is the recipient of Jamaica’s Order of Distinction; the Governor General of Jamaica’s Achievement Award for service to the Jamaican community in Canada, and to the community of Rose Town, Jamaica. He was also the recipient of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Award, for service to the Jamaican community and contribution to the advancement of the Jamaican Diaspora Movement.
He conceptualized and launched the Future Leaders component (18 – 30 years old) of the Jamaica Diaspora – Canada in 2006, and has since overseen the development of US and UK chapters. The Future Leaders component of the Canadian organization has grown to include hundreds of members from nearly all provinces and territories of Canada and under Mascoll’s aegis for the 2008 Jamaican Diaspora Conference, the Future leaders component in the Canadian delegation grew from twelve (12) to over fifty (50) persons. He also played an integral part in organizing the first Jamaican Diaspora Future Leaders Conference, held at UWI Mona in August 2009.
Philip’s involvement in his community and in his nation, dates back to his preteens in the 1960s, when he was a student at Jamaica College and a child in the country’s army camps. His early sense of duty to his fellow humans was honed by the mantra taught by his army officer father that “those of us who can fight and are equipped to fight must also fight for our sisters and brothers.”
After studying journalism and political science in Britain, he returned to Jamaica and immediately plunged into the Progressive movement. His community service spanned almost every parish, including Kingston’s inner cities, May Pen and St. Catherine. Between 1976 and 1980, he worked at the Agency for Public Information; the Ministry of National Security and the Office of the Prime Minister. He served on several boards, including the Jamaica Festival Commission, the May Pen Secondary School, the Constitutional Reform Committee of the Home Guard, and was the founder of the “Tun you han’ mek fashion” programme in Clarendon; as well as managed a number of election campaigns.
In 1980, he moved to Toronto, Canada and soon started working as an editor at the Toronto Star. During his 27-year career at Canada’s largest newspaper, Philip was a writer on city crime, investigations, police accountability, foreign affairs and national affairs; and also at various times was a copy editor and Assistant City Editor. He won a National Newspaper Award, Canada’s equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, and has also received several other awards for police reporting, breaking news and investigative reporting; and in 2004, he received the African Canadian Achievement Award for Media.
Philip also serves on the Board of the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Canada; is a Board Member of the Jamaican Canadian Association’s Public Policy Committee; and is an advisor to the Black Action Defence Committee (BAD-C).