Ambassador Susan E. Rice and Raptors Head, Masai Ujiri amongst six honourees to be
recognized at the ninth annual University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala
Ambassador Susan E. Rice
TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018
The University of the West Indies today announced that Ambassador Susan E. Rice,
who served in President Barack Obama's administration, and Mr. Masai Ujiri, President
of the Raptors, are amongst the six being honoured at the ninth annual UWI Toronto
Benefit Gala on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at The Ritz-
Ambassador Rice will receive the Luminary Award, which is presented to people of Caribbean Heritage who have made their mark globally, in their respective fields, or people who have brought prominence to the Caribbean or to issues which affect the Region.
Ms. Rice served as National Security Advisory and U.S. Permanent Representative to
the United Nations. She led the National Security Council Staff and chaired the Cabinet-
Mr. Masai Ujiri, professional basketball executive and President of the Toronto Raptors,
will receive the G. Raymond Chang Award. The G. Raymond Chang Award was established
to honour outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership ideals of G. Raymond
Nigerian born, Mr. Ujiri is a former basketball scout and player. After emigrating
to the U.S., he played at Bismarck State College and Montana State University Billings
and then played professionally in Europe for six years. In 2002, he worked as a youth
coach in Nigeria after ending his professional playing career. He then became an
unpaid scout for NBA's Orlando Magic and eventually was hired as an international
scout for the Denver Nuggets, followed by becoming the Director of Global Scouting
for the Toronto Raptors. Mr. Ujiri became the Raptors' assistant general manager
in 2008, but returned to the Nuggets in 2010 as executive vice president in charge
of basketball operations. In 2013, he was named NBA Executive of the Year, the only
The Chancellor's Award will be presented to the YMCA. As one of Canada's longest standing and largest charities since 1851, it is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community. It provides vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of Canada's most pressing social issues. The YMCA has also assisted people of the Caribbean Diaspora in Toronto. The Chancellor's Award is presented to organizations which have contributed significantly to the Caribbean, or outstanding organizations owned by persons of Caribbean heritage.
The Vice Chancellor's Award is presented to people of Caribbean heritage and others whose body of work have contributed to the betterment of the Caribbean Region and who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities. Three people will be awarded in 2018.
Dr. Victor S. Blanchette is a Medical Doctor of the Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program in the Division of Haematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is the McCaig Magee Family Medical Doctor of the SickKids Caribbean Cancer and Blood Disorders Initiative in the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children. His research interests are in the area of the congenital and acquired bleeding disorders of children. Dr. Blanchette is the Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and chair of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom.
Dr. Avis Glaze is one of Canada's outstanding educators, an author and a recognized
international leader in education. This award-
Dr. Michael S. Pollanen is Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario and a Professor
Under the theme "Light, Learning and Liberty," The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala brings together Canada's business and academic communities to celebrate the greatness and tireless work of the honourees, and raise well needed funds for outstanding students in the Caribbean, whom otherwise would not have the chance to pursue higher learning.
Former Gala honourees include: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Senator Murray
Sinclair, The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Tulloch, Professor the Honourable Renn
Holness O.J., Dr. Vivian Rumbihar, Kay McConney, Wayne Purboo, GraceKennedy Limited,
Dr. Shirley J. Thompson, Food For The Poor, Mr. Stephen Ames, Mr. Wesley Hall, Dr.
Paul Steinbok, The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P., Dr. the Honourable Jimmy
Cliff, OM, Tessanne Chin, Roger Mooking and Mr. David Taylor, retired boxer and
undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, The Hospital for Sick Children, Mary
Anne Chambers, Dr. Upton Allen, Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay, The University of Toronto,
award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, The University Health Network, Zanana Akande,
The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean, former Deputy Chief
of Toronto police Mr. Keith L. Forde; Hon. Michael Lee-
In nine years, the event has awarded almost 400 scholarships. Many of the students are now practicing in their field, pursuing their dreams.
The Patron of the ninth annual Gala is The G. Raymond Chang Family (wife Donette
Please visit our website www.uwitorontogala.com, or call 416-
About The University of the West Indies
The University of the West Indies was established in 1948 as a College of the University
of London. It achieved full university status in 1962. Today it is the only pan-
Over the years the UWI has also collaborated and formed MOU's with several tertiary institutions in Canada and some of the UWI's graduates have also received honours from Canadian universities.