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Cecil Young

Cecil Young

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Year of Graduation: 1983
Program: Electronics Engineering Technology

Making a Difference in his Corner of the World

Growing up poor in Jamaica, life was a constant struggle for Cecil Young. Both his mother and father were illiterate, yet insisted their four children attend school every day to improve their lives.

After his mother died when he was 14, Cecil started working to pay his way through high school. He came to Canada in 1972, attending Glendale High School in Hamilton, Ontario before returning to Jamaica for three years, working as a Telephone Equipment Technician.

Equipped with a skilled trade, Cecil immigrated to Canada in 1976, living in Mississauga ever since. With $100 between them, Cecil and his wife, Jackie began carving out a new life for themselves and their two sons.

After graduating from Sheridan’s Electronics Engineering Technology program in 1983, Cecil worked in the federal government, manufacturing, communications and technology sectors. In 1993, Cecil started SBG Innovative Technologies Corp, a Mississauga-based computer consulting business.

For four decades, Cecil has given back to his community by volunteering for various non-profit groups and political parties, including the Caribbean Association of Peel, Peel Multicultural Council and Erin Mills Soccer Club, where he served for 20 years in several leadership roles. (He is a certified Level III coach). “Sheridan gave me the formal technical education to compete in the world and my insatiable appetite to learn propelled me to achieve success in areas I never considered,” says Cecil.

Active in politics, Cecil ran in the 1991 and 2014 elections for Ward 8 and sought the Liberal nomination in Mississauga-Streetsville in 2008. He was a member of the boards of both the federal and provincial Liberal Parties for the Mississauga West and Mississauga Erindale areas, and he served on the Policy Committee for the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario).

Cecil is enthusiastic about sharing the advantages of volunteering. “Giving back to the community will lead to real personal satisfaction and even greater success on many levels. It doesn’t matter whether you are newly graduated or decades from graduation, your contribution will open your eyes to the world outside your career,” says Cecil, who also found time to author the book, One Canada, Creating the Greatest Country on Earth, outlining his vision for creating a more united country. “My goal is make my corner of the world a better place than when I got here.”

Learn more about Sheridan’s Electronics Engineering Technology program.