The University of the West Indies hosts 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto
TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The University of the West Indies (UWI) is
hosting its 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto honouring Donovan Bailey and Michael
Lee-Chin, among other notable individuals who have made significant
contributions to UWI and the Caribbean and Canadian communities.
Outstanding individuals to be honoured include: The Honourable Justice
Dr. Irving André, Keith L. Forde, Kamala-Jean Gopie, Dr. Karl Massiah
and Dr. John Stewart. Two organizations are also being honoured:
Ryerson University for its contribution to the advancement of Caribbean
people through its joint programs with UWI, and GAP Adventures, owned
by Trinidad born Bruce Poon Tip, for its role in pushing the boundaries
of sustainable travel.
Under the patronage of Dr. G. Raymond Chang, immediate past Chair of CI
Financial, Chancellor of Ryerson University and himself, an honorary
graduate of UWI, the gala promises to be an evening of celebration,
embracing Canada's rich diversity while raising funds for students in
the Caribbean. Proceeds from the Toronto gala will benefit students
through the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI Haitian Initiative.
"This benefit gala is about supporting students, celebrating the good
works of those within our community; and hopefully inspiring others by
recognizing the valuable relationship between Canada and the
Caribbean," says Chang. "This year's honourees demonstrate our common
thread of education, giving back; and service to community, which has
added to the rich fabric of Canada."
The first man in history to achieve the rare triple title of World
Champion, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder, Donovan Bailey is
also the first Canadian to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m.
Jamaican born, Mr. Bailey now runs Bailey Inc. focusing on real estate
and media relations. He also volunteers his time working with Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and ParticipAction. Also Jamaican born,
Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc. is widely regarded
as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of "doing well and doing
good" has resulted in phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic
"Our University's proudest achievement is our graduates who are leading
all sectors of Caribbean life and, in the case of those who have
migrated, contributed amply to communities in North America, Europe and
other places to which they have gone", says Professor E. Nigel Harris,
vice-chancellor, The University of the West Indies. "This Gala will
provide another generation of young people with the means to ensure
their place in a rapidly changing global marketplace and to engender a
robust future for the Caribbean."
The gala will take place on March 26, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel,
with interview and photo opportunities available for select honourees.
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About The University of the West Indies Benefit Gala, Toronto
Building off the success of its inaugural Benefit Gala last year, and
with such a strong Caribbean community in Canada, UWI is striving to
develop a successful event that will continue to strengthen the
relationship between Canada and the Caribbean for years to come.
The 2010 Benefit Gala was sold out with 460 attendees. Approximately
$230,000 was raised, resulting in 17 scholarships being awarded to
students in need. Those honoured at the inaugural event included: Dr.
the Honourable Harry Belafonte, The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, The
Honourable Jean Augustine, Professor Dionne Brand, Mr. Austin Clarke,
Ms. Maud Fuller, Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Dr. Robert Moore, Mr. David
Rudder, Project Advancement Childhood Education (P.A.C.E), Royal Bank
of Canada and Scotiabank.
About The University of the West Indies Scholarship Fund and Haitian
The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) scholarships and bursaries are
offered to outstanding students in the Caribbean region who have
difficulty financing their university education. The scholarships and
bursaries are based on academic excellence and financial need.
The University of the West Indies has accepted numerous Haitian students
to complete their degrees at the Mona Campus in Jamaica and St.
Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.
About The University of the West Indies
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.
SOURCE University of West Indies Benefit Gala
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