Time does fly when you are doing good. And, just like that we are into the 15 th year of this extraordinary event, the UWI Toronto Benefit Awards. Fifteen years ago, as a mere mustard seed planted by a small group of committed individuals and under the patronage of Dr. The Honourable G. Raymond Chang, OJ, OC, this event was born. We remain forever grateful that so many have come along for this remarkable journey that punctuates joyful moments – enabling students across the Caribbean Region to keep dreaming, as together we carefully break new ground and illuminate a path whose distance burns bright and strong. As well, we honour extraordinary individuals and organizations, learning the stories of Caribbean and global community leaders who themselves toiled to achieve their own dreams and aspirations, leading the way with the brightest of light.
On behalf of my co-patrons Mr. Andrew Chang, Ms. Brigette Chang, and our new patrons Mrs. Ann-Marie Hibbert and Mr. Kevin Hibbert and under the 2024 theme Lighting the Way Together, we look forward to once again sharing this wonderful evening with you. This is the spirit that gathers us together, reflecting the vibrancy of our Caribbean community and the kindness and commitment of our Canadian community.
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients, whom we assure every year that we ‘have their back.’ In 15 years, with your unwavering support, care and love, this event has been able to raise well needed funds for students. To date we have awarded over 700 scholarships in all faculties at the University of the West Indies, across 17 English speaking Caribbean countries and Haiti. We have honoured over 100 individuals and institutions and raised over Three Million Dollars – a remarkable feat – that we have all been a part of.
A very special heartfelt thank you to Scotiabank, our Lead Chair and sponsor for 15 years...your partnership has buoyed us beyond measure. Kingsdale Advisors, Sprott Inc., the Ray Chang Foundation and the Hibbert Family Foundation, your support and commitment are boundless, and we are ever grateful. To all our other sponsors – you have been a bedrock of encouragement and goodwill. Thank you all.
In his book, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela said: “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Thank you everyone for once again shining your own light, thus enabling hundreds of hopeful students to become beacons of hope, inspiration, and aspiration.
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Donette Chin-Loy Chang, LLD (honoris causa)
Mr. Andrew Chang
Ms. Brigette Chang
Mrs. Ann-Marie Hibbert
Mr. Kevin Hibbert