From left, Prof. Nigel Harris, Brigette Chang-
Gerald V. Paul Photo.
“To be a genuine leader, an educational institution must show the way to both learners and the community of which it’s a part; that is to say, the education it provides must be relevant and it must be progressive.”
So said the late G. Raymond Chang at the 2014 University of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto Benefit Gala where $40,000 was raised through a bidding war between Chang and Michael Lee Chin. Chang’s legacy lives on in the new G. Raymond Chang Award, presented to Charles Coffey. Chang founded the gala.
This year, more than $30,000 was raised at the sixth-
Last year, Tessanne Chin, season five winner of TV’s The Voice and Luminary recipient, wowed the audience with three a cappella renditions in the bidding war between Chang and Chin.
Prior to receiving the inaugural G. Raymond Chang Award, honouring the late business leader and philanthropist, Coffey told The Camera “We were kindred spirits. It’s about the community, leadership and diversity. Building relationships and speaking up about issues that need a stronger voice.”
Prof. E. Nigel Harris, UWI vice-
Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, noting that “I never met Ray Chang but would have loved
to have the opportunity to meet him”, was almost in tears when he spoke about the
work of his philanthropic efforts for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the only
Rojel Bradford from Mona Campus, a Jamaican pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the Faculty of Medical Science, spoke at the event, representing scholarship awardees.“I feel extremely honoured to be the recipient of the prestigious UWI Toronto Gala Scholarship which came at a pivotal time in my life, and has given me the funding to continue my education to its completion.
“This award has covered most of my financial expenses and what seemed like an impossible journey now seems possible as it has kindled the fire in me to push for success no matter the cost. I offer my sincerest gratitude to the UWI Toronto Gala donors.”
“Their stories inspire our scholarship award winners to believe in their dream, work hard to achieve their goals and always to know that ‘Light. Learning and Liberty’ guides their path.”
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, honourary co-
“In the previous years since I have been functioning in this role, Ray Chang was always the patron who guided our efforts. Once again I applaud his philanthropic efforts on our behalf.
“I welcome his children Brigette and Andrew and his wife Donette in their new role as patrons for the event. I thank them and all of you for giving your time and resources to help the next generation of leaders in the Caribbean.”
Bruce Bowen, senior vice-
Award recipients include: Luminary Award, Hon. Juanita Westmoreland-
By Gerald V. Paul