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Sixth Annual UWI Benefit Gala in Toronto

“The University of West Indies (UWI) presents its Sixth Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto, with Masters of Ceremonies, Michael Anthony Cuffe. The funds raised at the 2015 UWI Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto will benefit the UWI Scholarship Fund for outstanding academic achievers who lack the funds necessary to realize their potential.

“This evening celebrates the contributions of the University of the West Indies, its graduates and the Greater Caribbean community in Canada and worldwide. Awards in four categories will be presented to outstanding leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage: The Vice Chancellor’s Award is awarded to people of Caribbean heritage who have risen to the pinnacle of success in their organization. The Chancellor’s Award is given to a Canadian organization that has contributed to The University of the West Indies and/or the Caribbean or outstanding organization owned by people of Caribbean heritage. The inaugural G. Raymond Chang Award honours the late business leader philanthropist, humanitarian and the gala’s patron for the past five years. The award honours outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of G. Raymond Chang who embodied great humility and commitment to his fellow persons throughout his lifetime.
The Luminary Award is presented to a person of Caribbean heritage who is an outstanding achiever on an international scale in their respective field or has brought prominence to issues affecting the Caribbean.
The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala brings together Canada’s business and academic communities to celebrate the greatness and tireless work of the honourees, making it a much-anticipated event on the Toronto social calendar. Former honourees include: The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P., Dr. the Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM, Tessanne Chin, Roger Mooking and Mr. David Taylor, retired boxer and undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, The Hospital for Sick Children, Mary Anne Chambers, Dr. Upton Allen, Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay, The University of Toronto, award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, The University Health Network, Zanana Akande, The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean, former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Mr. Keith L. Forde; Hon. Michael Lee-Chin, OJ; the Hon. Jean Augustine; the Hon. Justice Dr. Irving André and Dr. Karl Massiah.
With such a strong Caribbean community in Canada, The UWI has initiated this successful Annual Benefit Gala that will continue to strengthen the relationship between Canada and the Caribbean for years to come. Over the past five years, over 200 scholarships have been awarded to students who are rising stars in the Caribbean.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) was established in 1948 as a college of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962 and today, is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to 40,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. UWI is an international university in every respect with links extending beyond the Caribbean to well over 100 universities worldwide through: collaborative research involving postgraduate students and faculty; study abroad and exchange programmes; cross-campus degree programmes; lecture series and conferences.”[newsrelease]

Category: Theatre
Start Date: 2015-03-28
End Date: 2015-03-28
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Toronto 181 Wellington Street West

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