TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of the West Indies today announced that Tessanne Chin, NBC's The Voice's season five winner, and internationally acclaimed Jamaican reggae artist
Jimmy Cliff are among leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage who will be
honoured at the fifth annual Toronto Benefit Gala, on Saturday, March
29, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.
The Patron of the event is The Honourable G. Raymond Chang, OJ, Canadian
Jamaican business leader and philanthropist. For the fifth consecutive
year Scotiabank is again Lead Sponsor. The Host is noted Jamaican
broadcaster and media manager Michael Anthony Cuffe Sr.
Awards will be presented in three categories and include:
The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.
Dr. the Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM
Chancellor's Award - The Hospital for Sick Children
Vice Chancellor's Award:
Mr. David Taylor, community leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist
The Right Revered Peter DeCourcy Fenty, Bishop of York Simcoe and the
first Black Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, ordained in June
Dr. Anna Jarvis, UWI alumnus, Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency
Medicine and University of Toronto Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Mr. Roger Mooking, celebrity chef, television host, cookbook author and
award winning recording artist
Ms. Delores Lawrence, founder; President, & CEO of NHI Nursing &
Homemakers Inc., community leader and philanthropist
Under the theme Light, Learning and Liberty, the UWI Toronto Benefit
Gala raises funds for scholarships for outstanding academic achievers
in the Caribbean, who are in great need of assistance. Since the
inaugural gala four years ago, just under 150 scholarships have been
The event includes a robust silent and live auction, conducted by Mr.
Gordon Cressy, head of George Brown Foundation and friend of the
Past honorees of The University of the West Indies Gala include: retired
boxer and undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Dr.
Budhendranauth Doobay, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of
Toronto faculty member Dr. Upton Allen, former MPP and retired
Scotiabank executive Mary Anne Chambers, Toronto architect and
University of Toronto faculty member Brigitte Shim, award winning
author Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right
Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Mr.
Keith L. Forde, Mr. David Rudder; Dr.The Hon. Michael Lee-Chin OJ,
Olympian Mr. Donovan Bailey, leading professor of medicine Dr. Herbert
Ho Ping Kong, Ryerson University and the University Health Network.
For tickets please order using the online form at www.uwitorontogala.com, or by calling 416-214-7848 or by emailing email@example.com.
The University of the West Indies was established in 1948 as a College
of the University of London. It achieved full university status in
1962. Today it is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution
offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programmes to 45,000
students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and
Tobago, Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda,
British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks
SOURCE: University of West Indies Benefit Gala
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