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