UWI Toronto gala reaches 10-year landmark

UWI Toronto gala reaches 10-year landmark

April 8, 2019

 It started with a meeting 11 years ago at the University of the West Indies Mona campus in Jamaica.

Desperately in need of funds to help Caribbean students pursue higher education, the late Raymond Chang and his wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang agreed to be patrons of a major fundraiser in Toronto on one condition. Close friend and medical practitioner Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong had to be the event chair.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the signature event that has raised about $2 million that has allowed nearly 500 Caribbean students – many of them the first in their family — to pursue post-secondary education and fulfill their dream of graduating from university and becoming assets to their countries.

With the generous support of lead sponsor Scotiabank, other companies and individuals, the lives of hundreds of young people have been transformed in the last decade.

Also, 76 phenomenal leaders from around the world have been honoured at the event attended by about 4,500 guests since 2010.

Co-patrons Donette Chin-Loy Chang and Brigitte Chang-Addorisio with her children Lucas and Savanna

Co-patrons Donette Chin-Loy Chang and Brigitte Chang-Addorisio with her children Lucas and Savanna

UWI chief fundraiser Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind (c) flanked by event co-patron Brigitte Chang-Addorisio (r) and Jamaica Observer Lifestyle & Social Content senior associate editor Novia McDonald-Whyte

UWI chief fundraiser Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind (c) flanked by event co-patron Brigitte Chang-Addorisio (r) and Jamaica Observer Lifestyle & Social Content senior associate editor Novia McDonald-Whyte

Honourary patron Wesley Hall and his wife Christine

Honourary patron Wesley Hall and his wife Christine

UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles and his wife Mary

UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles and his wife Mary

UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez

UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez

Co-patron Donette Chin-Loy Chang (l), honourary co-chair Bruce Bowen & committee member Lucy La Grassa

Co-patron Donette Chin-Loy Chang (l), honourary co-chair Bruce Bowen & committee member Lucy La Grassa

G. Raymond Chang Award winner Mohamad Fakih, the founder of Paramount Fine Foods, with his wife Hanan and children Adam, Karim & Emad (r)

G. Raymond Chang Award winner Mohamad Fakih, the founder of Paramount Fine Foods, with his wife Hanan and children Adam, Karim & Emad (r)

Vice-Chancellor Award winner Greg Regis & his wife Althea

Vice-Chancellor Award winner Greg Regis & his wife Althea

Vice-Chancellor Award recipient Dr. Juliet Daniel

Vice-Chancellor Award recipient Dr. Juliet Daniel

Joy Spence, the world’s first female master blender, was presented with a Vice-Chancellor Award

Joy Spence, the world’s first female master blender, was presented with a Vice-Chancellor Award

Luminary Award winners Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Deborah Cox

Luminary Award winners Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Deborah Cox

UWI Mona Campus senior policy research officer and Justice of the Peace Jermaine Nairne was one of the first recipients of a UWI Toronto Benefit Gala scholarship

UWI Mona Campus senior policy research officer and Justice of the Peace Jermaine Nairne was one of the first recipients of a UWI Toronto Benefit Gala scholarship

Howard Brown was the recipient of a UWI Toronto Benefit Gala scholarship in 2018

Howard Brown was the recipient of a UWI Toronto Benefit Gala scholarship in 2018

Robert Bermudez (r) presented the Chancellor’s Award to hotelier Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Robert Bermudez (r) presented the Chancellor’s Award to hotelier Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Suzanne Bowen (l) & her daughter Kandiss Fernando

Suzanne Bowen (l) & her daughter Kandiss Fernando

Canadian Women’s Foundation President & CEO Paulette Senior (c) with her niece Raisha Senior-Pinnock (l) & close friend Sharilyn Hale

Canadian Women’s Foundation President & CEO Paulette Senior (c) with her niece Raisha Senior-Pinnock (l) & close friend Sharilyn Hale

Dr. Lancelot Brown with his daughter Rebecca Brown (r) and sisters Hermia and Erya Abraham (l)

Dr. Lancelot Brown with his daughter Rebecca Brown (r) and sisters Hermia and Erya Abraham (l)

First-time gala attendees Samantha Chong (l) & Nhi Bui

First-time gala attendees Samantha Chong (l) & Nhi Bui

University of Ottawa student selected for Jamaican internship

University of Ottawa student selected for Jamaican internship

Mentor of the Year Award for Accenture technology lead

Mentor of the Year Award for Accenture technology lead