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Each year, we are also proud to honour extraordinary individuals and organizations; many with roots in the Caribbean and Canada and whose works and achievements have impacted their own communities and those of the world stage.  

The distinguished 2017 honourees include:

We are pleased also to welcome back Mr. Dwight Drummond, co-host CBC News Toronto, who will host the Gala as Master of Ceremonies.

Once again, under the theme “LIGHT LEARNING AND LIBERTY”, we invite you to join us in 2017, to pay tribute to the achievements of our distinguished honorees, celebrate the very best of the Caribbean and Canada whilst changing the fortunes of amazing students and hence their communities.

Warmest Regards,

Donette Chin-Loy Chang


The G. Raymond Chang Family

Patron, UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

How time flies when you’re making a difference And what a difference you have made.

It is my greatest pleasure to announce the 8th annual UWI TORONTO BENEFIT GALA to be held on Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton.  Andrew, Brigette and I, the family of the late G. Raymond Chang, O.C.,O.J., are proud to once again be patrons.  We welcome back Scotiabank who joins us as Lead Sponsor and our partner – for the eighth year in a row.  

Together with you, we have raised over 1 million dollars in seven years, awarded over 260 scholarships to students across the Caribbean Region, and changed their lives forever.  You will be pleased to know that close to 100 students have graduated with first class honours on the various university campuses across the Caribbean.  I am always impressed by the perseverance, passion and ‘brain power’ of these students - most becoming the first in their families to attend a tertiary institution.

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