Graduating Year: 1980
Tony was one of the first students to study at King’s College, the Britsh School of Madrid. All but his final year, from Junior 5 to Upper Sixth Form, were studied at King’s College in Calle Maria Magdalena and Calle Manuel Montilla, the original birthplace of the school. Since then, he has gone on to a whole host of great things and is a regular at the school alumni reunions.
After leaving King’s College I spent a couple of years working at Radio Television Española as a production assistant on the programme “625 lineas” with José Antonio Plaza and Mayra Gomez Kemp. I was responsible for coordinating interviews with actors on US television shows being shown in Spain.
In 1980 I moved to Toronto, Canada and attended Seneca College’s Radio & Television Broadcasting programme, and worked for a television news channel as an editorial assistant. My King’s education made College much easier for me; I was much farther ahead than most of my classmates thanks to the diligent work of my teachers at King’s, despite any resistance to learn on my part!
After a couple of years in television news, I decided to continue my post-secondary education and attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a degree in Law.
After practicing law for a couple of years, I joined the Government of Canada as a manager at Parks Canada. In 1998 I took a contract with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and worked in the Palestinian West Bank, coordinating development and trade projects.
Two years later, I moved to the newly-created territory of Nunavut in Canada’s Arctic, and assisted the Inuit to establish their new government. By the time I left in 2005 I was the territory’s Deputy Minister of Justice.
Exposure to students from so many different countries at King’s College stirred a curiosity in me about how people live in different parts of the world. In the days before the internet, the best place to find information about those countries was at their embassies. As a result, I visited every embassy in Madrid and covered my walls with maps and photos.
Byssche Scott-Taylor was my English Language and Literature teacher. Through her I discovered the joys of reading, from Shakespeare to Dickens to Hemmingway. She was also King’s College’s “director-in-residence”, and directed the school play each year. Participating in those plays gave me the confidence to speak in public, which led to student jobs as a tour guide at Toronto’s CN Tower and with Parks Canada.
I am currently the Executive Director of an organisation within Canada’s Department of Veterans Affairs called the Bureau of Pensions Advocates. Through 14 offices across the country, we provide legal representation to Veterans who want to appeal their pension and disability awards before a quasi-judicial tribunal.