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2017 UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The Gala celebrates the contributions of leaders of Caribbean heritage and social change agents while raising much needed funds for well deserving UWI students across the Caribbean.

2016 Honourees (L-R) Dr. Shirley Thompson, Mr. Wes Hall, (student Sathara Hendricks is a scholarship recipient), Dr. Paul Steinbok, The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy, Mr. Robin Mahfood - Food For The Poor Inc. and Mr. Stephen Ames.

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UWI Student Scholarship Recipients (Video Playlist)

Sanneta Myrie -
UWI Toronto Benefit Gala
2013 - 2014  Scholarship Recipient

UWI Toronto Benefit Gala Honorees (Video Playlist from 2015 Gala)
Shaggy: Speech & Special Performance (Video Playlist)
Entertainment : Jessica Yap (Video Playlist)
Remembering G. Raymond Chang

Raymond Chang: Outstanding Philanthropist: Click here to read more

Ray’s legacy lives on at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

Article By: Gerald V. Paul

“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 b be progressive.” So said the late G. Raymond Chang at the 2014 University of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto Benefit Gala

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Retired Canadian Senator, Vivienne Poy, To Receive UWI Award

TORONTO, Ontario — Vivienne Poy is ecstatic that she will be receiving an award named in honour of her friend, the late G. Raymond Chang, at the University of the West Indies seventh annual benefit gala in April.

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UWI urged to help develop Caribbean potential

Having worked and lived in the Caribbean in the last 25 years, Canadian banking executive Bruce Bowen has a clear view of the region’s unstable economic landscape.  He has spent considerable time in the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. 

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Scholarships from UWI’s Toronto chapter making a difference

Completing a university degree was high among Aaronia Stedman’s goals. So too was using her education to secure a solid professional career while being able to financially provide for her family.

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Bruce Bowen

A Successful 2016 UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

The seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala for the University of the West Indies (UWI), held recently at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, Canada, was a rousing success. More than 400 guests attended and it concluded with a post-gala Scotiabank VIP Jazz Lounge reception. The gala was hosted by patrons Donette Chin-Loy Chang, Brigette Chang-Addorisio and Andrew Chang.

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The 2017 UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on
Sat. April 1
st at The Ritz Carton

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For 7 years the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala has successfully awarded over 260 scholarships and raised over 1 million dollars to support students across the Caribbean who need a ‘hand up’ in reaching their higher education goals.

In the past I was very fortunate to have received assistance from you towards my tuition payment at a time when I was flat on my face and having been faced with a threat of de-registration at the UWI. Your scholarship assistance contributed to me being

able to complete my law degree studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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Mr. Jezeel Martin
Scholarship Recipient

G. Raymond Chang Award

Chancellor’s Award

Vice Chancellor’s Award

Senator Murray Sinclair
(Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and First Aboriginal Judge)

GraceKennedy Limited (Global Business)

Dr. Renn Holness (Neurosurgeon)

Ms. Kay McConney (Businesswoman and Retired Diplomat)

Mr. Wayne Purboo (Entrepreneur and Philanthropist)

Dr. Vivian Rambihar (Cardiologist and Community Activist)

Justice Michael Tulloch (Ontario Court of Appeal Judge)


Wishing everyone a prosperous 2017!

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Gala is now SOLD OUT.
A very special thank you to our corporate and individual sponsors and guests who enthusiastically committed to this year's event. The students of the Caribbean are forever grateful.

We are now taking requests for tickets on a waiting list priority basis. If you wish, please send your name, contact number, and number of tickets requested to toni@uwitorontogala.com. We will add you to our waiting list and call should seats become available.  

Should you wish to make a donation to this great cause in lieu of attending, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please visit the Tickets and Donations section of this website for more information.

Best regards,

UWI Toronto Benefit Gala 2017 Committee