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Each year, we are proud to honour excellence and true grit through formidable individuals and organizations; many with roots in the Caribbean and Canada whose works and achievements have impacted their own communities and the world stage.

The distinguished 2018 honourees include:


Masai Ujiri - President and General Manager of Basketball Operations
of the Toronto Raptors


Ambassador Susan E. Rice - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United

Nations and 24th United States National Security Advisor


YMCA Greater Toronto Area - 160-year Canadian Charity


Dr. Victor Blanchette - Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis

Dr. Avis Glaze - Global Education Advisor

Dr. Michael Pollanen - Forensic Pathology


PROFESSOR ARCHIBALD MCDONALD... any effort to assist students to enrol in a tertiary institution must be lauded.

Caribbean has lowest tertiary enrolment in the West

BY GERALD REID Observer writer - Saturday, September 24, 2016

THE Caribbean has the lowest enrolment in tertiary education in the Western Hemisphere, and Jamaica is among those countries with the lowest figures in the region.

This is according to principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, who put the national tertiary enrolment figure at roughly 10 per cent of the population. Speaking Wednesday at the launch of the 5th staging of the Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group/UWI 5K Run Road Race, he argued that the figure needs to be increased if the country is to realise its development goals.

"We are at about 10 per cent and need to get to 30 per cent if we are to have any significant impact on national development. Any effort to assist students to enroll in a tertiary institution must be lauded," Professor McDonald said.

Proceeds from the 5K event finance some academic and sport scholarships, as well as contribute to the development of sports programmes and facilities.
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Email: toni@uwitorontogala.com

UWI Toronto Gala Secretariat


1 Yonge Street - Suite 1801

Toronto, Ontario

M5E 1W7

This newsletter is dedicated to sharing quarterly news and stories from The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala, The University of the West Indies, its campuses, students and profiling game changers making a difference across the Caribbean.

The G. Raymond Chang Family:

from L to R - Brigette Chang Addorisio, Andrew Chang, Donette Chin-Loy Chang

It is hard to believe that we are in our ninth year of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto Benefit Gala. When Ray and I started on this journey we had hoped for favourable response to our cherished cause. Over the years we have been humbled and grateful as you have opened your hearts to join us in helping young eligible students across the Caribbean achieve their dreams and aspirations.

It is my greatest pleasure to announce the 9th Annual UWI Toronto Benefit Gala, to be staged on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton. Andrew, Brigette and I, the family of the late G. Raymond Chang, O.C., O.J., are once again proud to be Patrons. Special praise to Scotiabank, our Lead Partner who has been steadfast by our side since the start of this extraordinary journey.

In eight years, we have awarded 400 scholarships to students across the Caribbean Region, and in so doing, changed their lives forever. You will be pleased once more, to know that over 100 students have graduated with first class honours. I have met several students and am always blown away by their commitment, consistency and determination to succeed…most times with very little resources. And I know they remain grateful to you. We are pleased also to welcome back Mr. Dwight Drummond, co-host CBC News Toronto, as our host and Master of Ceremonies.

It is always such an honour to know and meet you, our guests, who for nine years continue to support this cause. If this will be your first time attending – a very warm welcome. We know you have many choices but are happy that you value the education and lives of hundreds of young people in the Caribbean – a Region whose ties to Canada are long and strong. Once again, we invite you to join us in 2018, to pay tribute to the achievements of our distinguished honorees, celebrate the very best of the Caribbean and Canada whilst changing the fortune of amazing students and their communities, true to the Gala’s motto, Light, Learning, Liberty.

Warmest Regards,
Donette Chin-Loy Chang - Co-Patron
Andrew Chang Co-Patron
Brigette Chang-Addorisio, Co-Patron

Down but not out: The effect of Hurricanes

Irma and Maria on the UWI Open Campus


2013 UWI Toronto Gala Scholarship Recipient Aaronia Stedman

I live in a rural part of the island of Dominica in a village called St. Joseph which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. In my village, I can count on my hands how many houses are still standing, how many have roofs. So many people lost their homes, and entire livelihood! I am grateful to God for having spared my family which are all alive, and having spared us our roof. We have a concrete roof, so we still have shelter over our heads however, all the windows in our house were damaged, all the furniture damaged.

After the passing of the storm came our biggest challenges that of finding portable drinking water, and food. The little food we had prior to the hurricane we shared with neighbors so our few supplies dwindled quickly. The government is receiving supplies and distributing to areas that have access via roads.

I am also in my final semester of the MSc in Management and Marketing program with the Open Campus. Had it not been for the Open Campus and the UWI Toronto Gala Scholarship I would not have reached this far, to have a managerial position and to be pursuing another degree. My only major concern right now is whether the company I work for will build back the plant in Dominica.

Please tell everyone that I am okay, that my family is doing well.

Kindest Regards


THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to over 47,000 students throughout the region.


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