L E A D   C H A I R
Home Page Home Page


Save the Date:

UWI TORONTO BENEFIT GALA 2018

April 7, 2018
The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto, Canada


The Gala celebrates the contributions of leaders of Caribbean heritage and social change agents while raising much needed funds for well deserving UWI students across the Caribbean.

Click here to go to Photo Gallery


Click Here To view the 2015 website
UWI Student Scholarship Recipients (Video Playlist)


Sanneta Myrie -
UWI Toronto Benefit Gala
2013 - 2014  Scholarship Recipient

UWI Toronto Benefit Gala Honorees (Video Playlist from 2015 Gala)
Shaggy: Speech & Special Performance (Video Playlist)
Entertainment : Jessica Yap (Video Playlist)
Remembering G. Raymond Chang


Raymond Chang: Outstanding Philanthropist: Click here to read more




Ray’s legacy lives on at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

Article By: Gerald V. Paul


“To be a genuine leader, an educational institution must show the way to both learners and the community of which it’s a part; that is to say, the education it provides must be relevant and it b be progressive.” So said the late G. Raymond Chang at the 2014 University of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto Benefit Gala

Read More #
Read More
Read More



UWI urged to help develop Caribbean potential


Having worked and lived in the Caribbean in the last 25 years, Canadian banking executive Bruce Bowen has a clear view of the region’s unstable economic landscape.  He has spent considerable time in the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. 

Read More #
Read More



Scholarships from UWI’s Toronto chapter making a difference

Completing a university degree was high among Aaronia Stedman’s goals. So too was using her education to secure a solid professional career while being able to financially provide for her family.

Read More Current News 5
Bruce Bowen



A Successful 2016 UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

The seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala for the University of the West Indies (UWI), held recently at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada, was a rousing success. More than 400 guests attended and it concluded with a post-gala Scotiabank VIP Jazz Lounge reception. The gala was hosted by patrons Donette Chin-Loy Chang, Brigette Chang-Addorisio and Andrew Chang.

Read More Current News 3


Current News 7


LIGHTING THE WAY:  A GRADUATE’S STORY

For 7 years the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala has successfully awarded over 260 scholarships and raised over 1 million dollars to support students across the Caribbean who need a ‘hand up’ in reaching their higher education goals.


In the past I was very fortunate to have received assistance from you towards my tuition payment at a time when I was flat on my face and having been faced with a threat of de-registration at the UWI. Your scholarship assistance contributed to me being

able to complete my law degree studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

Read More
Mr. Jezeel Martin
Scholarship Recipient




G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards








The first annual G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards program is being launched to recognize the many ways that volunteers contribute to life and learning on campus and beyond.They serve as mentors, advisors, fundraisers, ambassadors…

Read More




THANK YOU TO ALL!

Great news!   The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala 2017 is now one for the history books. All the good came together and we ‘knocked it out of the ballpark’.  You my friends are the reason for our success. Each year you generously give your me and money so that students thousands of miles away, in the Caribbean, can have hope that their dream of a good education will be realized

Read More



Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firth and Senator Murray Sinclair bonded naturally because of their peoples’ shared experience of historical mistreatment and racism from colonialism.

Read More


UWI TORONTO GALA RAISES JA $45 MILLION


The annual University of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto benefit affair, the largest fund-raiser for UWI in Canada, raised JA $45 million this year which will be used to provide scholarships to students at the university.

Read More



Philanthropist Wes Hall to receive UWI honourary degree


Pursuing tertiary education after high school wasn’t an option for Wes Hall. His family didn’t have the financial resources to send him to university in Jamaica or anywhere for that matter. Hall came to Canada in 1985 to join his father who was a factory worker. He completed high school three years later …

Read More Current News 6
Read More




The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala table and ticket orders are now underway. We have an amazing line up of honorees at the April 7, 2018 event. Below is our Fall Newsletter and booking information for the Gala. If you've already placed your order, thank you again for your commitment and support of our students. They are forever grateful. Book early to reserve your spot! We look forward to hearing from you.

Newsletter 2 Read More