Dr. David Toby is a leading Orthopaedical Surgeon in Trinidad and Tobago and the Chairman of the Esimaje Foundation.
After attending the University of the West Indies, Mona, from 1970-1976, Dr. Toby went on to become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Scotland. While in Scotland Dr. Toby was recruited for what was to be one of his life’s greatest passions- providing top quality care to handicapped children at the Princess Elizabeth Centre Home for Children (PEC). For over three decades, Dr. Toby has lent his services to PEC for four days per week, attracting patients from as far afield as Nigeria. For his tireless work, in 2013 Dr Toby received one of the country’s highest honours, the Chaconia Medal.
A true son of the soil, Dr Toby is intent on helping the people of his beloved country. In 2005 Dr Toby took three young boys from ‘behind the bridge’ under his wing. He worked with them closely throughout the years to provide them with the best education and social enrichment activities that the country could offer. These boys, now young men, due largely to Dr Toby’s efforts, are all at university. This intervention provided the basis for the East Port of Spain Thrive Initiative.
‘I truly believe that we must rise together. I can’t rise if you don’t rise, so we must help each other’ says Dr. Toby. ‘It is my dream for the Esimaje Foundation to help young men to succeed, particularly in East Port of Spain which is considered to be a dangerous place. I want the Foundation to put some positivity into the area and see these men rise.’
Dr. Toby is involved in a number of other charitable initiatives including the La Brea Vision Of Hope Development Centre and the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain.