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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.

Each year, we are also 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:

Luminary AwardAmbassador Susan E. Rice - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and 24th United States National Security Advisor

Chancellor’s Award - YMCA Greater Toronto Area - 160-year Canadian Charity

Vice Chancellor’s Award - Dr. Victor Blanchette - Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis; Dr. Avis Glaze - Global Education Advisor; Dr. Michael Pollanen - Forensic Pathology

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.

Attached please find the sponsorship/tickets form. Should you have queries, please contact Toni Spooner at toni@uwitorontogala.com or (T) 416-214-7848 and please visit our website at www.uwitorontogala.com

Warmest Regards

Donette Chin-Loy Chang - Co-Patron ,

Andrew Chang Co-Patron

Brigette Chang-Addorisio, Co-Patron

The G. Raymond Chang Family

Patron, UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

Dear Friend of UWI,


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.

The G. Raymond Chang Family:
from L to R - Brigette Chang Addorisio, Andrew Chang, Donette Chin-Loy Chang