The seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala for the University of the West Indies (UWI),
held recently at the Ritz-
More than 400 guests attended and it concluded with a post-
Benefiting the university's scholarship fund, the sold-
Hendricks, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the university's Mona campus, gave a powerful and emotional address, expressing gratitude for the scholarship and the impact it has had on the lives of students.
Guests bid on an exciting selection of items in the silent and live auctions, dined on a scrumptious dinner, and were entertained by Trinidadian calypsonian and former gala honouree David Rudder.
THIS YEAR'S HONOUREES
Honourees celebrated at this year's gala included Luminary Award recipient, renowned
English composer Dr Shirley J. Thompson; Chancellor's Award recipient Food For The
Poor, represented by President and CEO Robin Mahfood; Vice-
The G. Raymond Chang Award, in honour of the late patron, was presented to Dr Vivienne Poy, former Canadian senator, author, entrepreneur, historian, fashion designer and community volunteer.
The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala honours Canadian-
The cocktail reception was attended by leaders in arts, finance, academia, law, and
the diplomatic circle, including Steve Orsini, cabinet secretary, Government of Ontario;
Janice Miller, Jamaica's high commissioner to Canada; Omar Khan, chief of staff,
Ministry of Health; Eudine Bariteau, pro vice-
“My argument was why don’t we go back to the original wording. I’m not changing anything. I’m just saying go back to the original wording and it will include everybody because I really think that the country was just not built by men, it’s built by men and women.” She said the most traditional men were in favour of the wording remaining but young women wanted it changed.
Poy served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2003 to 2006 and is active in many community and cultural organizations. The other UWI awardees are: Shirley Thompson (Luminary); Food For The Poor Inc. (Chancellor’s) and Stephen Ames; Wesley Hall; Machel Montano; and Dr. Paul Steinbok (Vice Chancellor’s).
A successful UWI Toronto Gala | Published:Sunday | May 1, 2016