Dominican honored for engineering in Canada

Cylma Foxton (left) receiving her award
Cylma Foxton (left) receiving her award

Dominica-born, Cylma Foxton, was recently honored by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists in Canada.

She was awarded the Women in Engineering Technology Award, which recognizes outstanding technical achievement in engineering and applied science technology.

Foxton is originally from Massacre and attended the Convent High School.

She is presently a professor at Seneca College and volunteers by assisting women, students and internationally trained professionals in the field of engineering and technology.

She is also developing a mentor-ship program with the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority for students in Seneca’s civil engineering and environmental programs.

She said her personal mission is to encourage more young women to pursue careers in the male-dominated fields of engineering and technology.

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  1. RoyTav
    November 19, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! As a Dominican student in Canada, this makes me very proud and inspired. Great initiative in advocating for females to take on careers in male-dominated fields. Hard work and determination definitely pays off. Love reading about the achievements of my fellow Dominicans whether abroad or back home. All the best!

  2. Candy cane
    November 18, 2013

    Congratulation cylma Joseph. U make dominica very proud

  3. Shameless
    November 16, 2013

    But how she from Massacre andI doh know her noh? She leave long time man? Ma who is her mother nuh? She from Formange? Tococity? Seabouli? Canal? Morne Cotton? Les Pointe? Check Hall? Anyway congrats fellow country woman and keep up the good work. But Change Must Come..

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • Justice and Truth
      November 17, 2013

      I reside in Toronto and I have never heard of her. I cannot recall knowing her even in Dominica when I resided there.
      I attend Dominican gatherings and cannot remember ever seeing or meeting her. I know many Dominicans here and they, vice versa know me.
      Her surname may be a married name. Who are her parents and family?
      There are some of them, when they come to this country, pretend as if they are not from Dominica, if you know what I mean.
      I know some people from Massacre. I have been to their gatherings. Just for curiosity, I will ask a few from Massacre if they know her or heard of her.
      When they obtain some citation, it is only then they proudly want everyone to know about it and of them. This is the way it is with some of them in these countries……………

  4. November 16, 2013

    I have never been to Dominica but I follow the news on DNO and am learning about your island. 8-O I see this small nation so young in its independence showing such signs of vibrancy as it embraces the future.

    The thing that impresses me the most is the significant number of young Dominicans who are getting an education both at home and abroad and becoming the best in their fields. :-D This is especially noticeable to me when I see a Dominican winning honors here in Canada and rising to the top among so many other able contestants.

    May they never forget their roots! Let them appreciate their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, good neighbors, teachers, their pastors, and all who have contributed to what they have become! Each generation has opportunities :-o the previous generation did not have. They are indebted to those who have gone before them. The next generation will build upon their successes and history will tell the story of God’s abounding grace in the life of your nation. :-P

    Teenagers and younger people still at home please
    look at those who have succeeded and decide what you want to do with your own life! Set goals and keep focused! Avoid bad habits and harmful behaviors! :cry: Get your education. :idea: You are as good as anybody else! If they did it you can do it! :lol:

    God believes in you. Believe in yourself.

    CONGRATULATIONS Cylma Foxton :!:

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, D.D., Pentecostal Evangelist.

    • I loven
      November 16, 2013

      Thanks for your kind words and advice to our youth.

  5. November 15, 2013

    Nice going my Dominican lady!

  6. Oh yes
    November 15, 2013

    Oh yes

  7. Tee
    November 15, 2013

    Congratulations Cylma Foxton, for your accomplishments and your mentorship program. Continue making Dominica proud. God bless.

  8. rosebud
    November 15, 2013

    Very proud of you. It is always good to know that the majority of Dominicans in the diaspora are continuing to make us proud. CONGRATULATIONS and Godspeed.

  9. November 15, 2013

    Another proud moment for another DOMINICAN student out in the Diaspora we are thrilled and hope that one day you will come home when things are different,we need all our people to come home to make the changes that will be needed to bring our DOMINICA back on track, it may not be right now but someday we will be there to welcome you home in the mean while congratulations and God bless you.

    • Enquirer
      November 16, 2013

      Did you read the article properly. Where did you read that she was a student. The article clearly states that she was awarded for her outstanding achievements in technical engineering and applied science technology. She is presently a professor at Seneca College and volunteers by assisting women, students and internationally trained professionals in the field of engineering and technology. Please read before you comment.

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  11. Sylvester Cadette
    November 15, 2013


    Just as I said in relation to Mr. Benjamin who received the EMMY Award in the US –

    Congratulations TO YOU !! We are links in a strong chain reaching round the world – a torch lifted high and flaming bright and shining around the whole wide world!!!

    When you make yourself proud you make Dominica proud and you make me proud. THANKS FOR LIFTING OUR SPIRITS COMPATRIOT.

    Ministry of Diaspora Affairs & Ministry of Education take note and add to the database of all these Dominicans.

    As I said before, DNO’s reporting on these achievements must not be seen merely as a moment to “BIG-UP” these compatriots. More importantly, it must be seen as an opportunity to chronicle the progress of Dominica’s sons and daughters, an opportunity to establish a repository of contacts and skill sets that can be taped into for the requisite (readily identifiable name and recognition) that we can associate with and that is essential for success in a viciously competitive world.

    At a time when we need to develop and consolidate Mathematics, and the sciences we need ideas from such individuals. They are assisting the rest of the World but we do not always tap into such knowledge even when we know where the knowledge is.

    Our cricket is a reflection of how we utilize the best – they are listened to by many in all parts of the world (Sir Garfield Sobers, Marshal, Greenidge, Sir Viv, Lara and others), they build talent in those areas then these areas return and beat us severely.

    Like cricket, it is the same in every sphere of life in the Caribbean.

    This is an opportunity to turn things around and utilize those rich skill sets. Engineering will become extremely important to us in the next 3-5 years if we really want progress. MARK MY WORDS!!!

    In geothermal alone we need, electrical engineers, geologists, civil engineers, industrial & quality control engineers plus all the others I may not know of because that’s not my field of study. For a coffee plant plus other agro processing we need industrial engineers, mechanics, technicians, food technologists and the list goes on. the telecoms and ICT sectors are ever expanding. To build and maintain mariners you need engineers (civil, construction engineers, architects, engineers in resistance of materials etc, etc)

    If we set out on a course for development jobs can be created seamlessly. WE NEED THE HUMAN RESOURCE.

    Find Mrs. Cylma Foxton and have constructive engagement and meaningful discussion with her on areas of possible collaboration. She could well be a conduit to links for possible investment.

    Let’s work to more success in taping into the wealth of rich Human resource that is Dominica.



  12. Dominincan in Canada
    November 15, 2013

    Great news,Guess you have not heard adout the CHS ALUMNI in Toronto if not membership is still open.

  13. tatay picken
    November 15, 2013

    Her face looks familiar. Maybe her maiden name would help. Congrats CHS graduate.

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2013

      Congratulations u make us proud u make dominca proud

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2013

      She is defiantly from massacre Cylma Joseph before she was married

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