Presented to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant outstanding contributions on an international scale in their respective fields, or people who have brought to prominence issues which affect the Caribbean (West Indian) Region.

Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin


Tessanne Chin is NBC's 'THE VOICE 2013"

Tessanne Chin is a reggae fusion recording artist, with a solo album In Between Words and is known for her hit singles "Hideaway", "Messenger" and "Black Books." She is the fresh soulful voice of a new generation of musical talent that has come out of Jamaica. Her sultry fusion of dancehall and reggae with edgy rock riffs mixed with the honest, heartfelt and conscious lyrics she pens herself, creates a musical style that is uniquely her own. And now with the title of The Voice 2013, her powerful vocals, and extraordinary stage presence have been showcased internationally.

She comes from a family steeped in music - her mother was the trumpeter and singer in her band called the Carnations and her father was the drummer. The family owns a recording studio in Jamaica.

Tessanne started performing when she was six years old with Cathy Levy's "Little People and Teen Players Club", one of Jamaica's top performing arts schools. Most of her vocal coaching came from her mother and also from noted vocal coach Lecie Wright. She learned firsthand about cultural diversity when she moved to England at age 12, where she coped with the move by devoting a lot of time to writing songs.

She has opened for musical icons such as Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson and Gladys Knight, and toured for 3 years with Jimmy Cliff, recorded with superstar Shaggy and collaborated with many artistes including Trinidad and Tobago's KES. In 2013, she took part in season 5 of the American singing competition The Voice as part of Adam Levine's Team.

The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P was first elected to Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993 becoming the first rookie to defeat a sitting Prime Minister. She has been re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Dr. Fry began in 1993 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. She spent 6 years from 1996-2002 in Cabinet serving as Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Minister for the Status of Women. She was on a number of Cabinet Committees regarding health, social policy, volunteerism, homelessness and same-sex benefits. She was also the Minister responsible for the Vancouver agreement.

She immigrated to Canada in 1970. She practiced family medicine at St. Paul's Hospital in the West End of Vancouver for two decades and was a local, provincial and national leader in medical politics. She served as president of the Vancouver Medical Association (VMA), BC Medical Association (BCMA), and the Federation of Medical Women.

As a Minister, Dr. Fry represented the Canadian government as Head of delegation at many high-profile, multilateral Conventions of the United Nations, Francophonie, Commonwealth, Organization of American States and Council of Europe, most notably Canada's 4th Report to the UN Commission on Human Rights, UN's Beijing Plus 2000 and the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in Durban. She was recently re-appointed the Special Representative on Gender Issues of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly (PA).

In 2006, Dr. Fry ran for the Leadership of the Liberal Party as the first immigrant woman to do so with her "True Grit" campaign. Dr. Fry served as Opposition Critic for Sports and the 2010 Olympics, and for Canadian heritage. Currently, Dr. Fry serves as BC Federal Liberal Caucus Chair and the Federal Liberal Health Critic.

She lives in Vancouver and has three sons. She continues working hard at key priorities of representing her constituents and fighting for issues such as justice and human rights, health care, poverty, housing and homelessness, education and many other issues.

Dr. the Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM

Dr. the Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM

Reggae Legend

Jimmy Cliff was reggae's first international star and remains its greatest living ambassador, having taken the music of Jamaica to all corners of the world. He had hits outside of Jamaica as far back as 1969, when "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" reached Number Six in Britain and Number 25 in the U.S. Yet his career breakthrough came in the Seventies, with the release of the soundtrack to The Harder They Come. That album served as a primer on reggae music for the uninitiated, and half of its tracks were by Jimmy Cliff. They included three songs that have become reggae standards: the ebullient "You Can Get It If You Really Want," the anthemic "The Harder they Come" and the hymn-like "Many Rivers to Cross."

In addition to writing and singing those songs, Cliff starred in the ?lm. The Harder They Come was the first feature film written and directed by a Jamaican and shot on location using an all-native cast. Cliff played a budding singer from the Jamaican countryside who gets caught up in the renegade world of drugs and violence in the slums of Kingston. The movie became a huge success in Jamaica and a cult classic elsewhere. The soundtrack, released in America on Chris Blackwell's Mango label (a subsidiary of his Island Records) in 1973, proved to be a steady seller, though it didn't enter Billboard's album chart until March 1975 - still a full two months before Bob Marley and the Wailers first cracked the U.S. charts with Natty Dread.

Jimmy Cliff was born James Chambers in St. James, Jamaica. He adopted the stage name "Cliff" to acknowledge the heights he intended to climb. His First recordings date back to 1962, and two of his songs ("Ska All Over the World," "Trust No Man") were included on a 1964 anthology, The Real Jamaican Ska, released in the U.S. on Epic Records. Hooking up with legendary Jamaican producer Leslie Kong, Cliff unleashed a string of hit singles in his homeland throughout the Sixties, including "Hurricane Hattie," "Miss Jamaica" and "King of Kings." He was among those chosen to represent Jamaica at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

Blackwell groomed Cliff to be the artist who would break reggae into the international mainstream. Cliff moved to London for a period to further that goal. Hard Road to Travel, his first British album, was released in 1968, and the Top 10 success of "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" followed the next year. His controversial 1970 single "Viet Nam" was a minor British hit. That same year, his version of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" - with Stevens producing and playing piano - went to Number Eight in the U.K. A cover of Cliff's "You Can Get It if You Really Want" by Desmond Dekker, his friend and fellow Jamaican singer, soared to Number Two on the British charts in 1970 - a few years before the inclusion of Cliff's original version in The Harder They Come. Cliff's 1972 single "Trapped" was also produced by Cat Stevens. Subsequently covered by Bruce Springsteen, it received great exposure from its inclusion on the We Are the World charity album from 1985.

His last album for Island Records was 1973's Struggling Man, at which point he signed with Reprise and embarked on a period of stylistic experimentation that included such albums as Another Cycle (a soul/pop album cut at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios), Unlimited and Brave Warrior. One of the standouts in his catalog, Give Thankx (1978), included the militant anthem "Stand Up and Fight Back." In the early Eighties, he returned to rootsy reggae on Give the People What They Want (1981) and Special (1982). The latter album, his first for Columbia Records, was recorded at Channel One Studios in Kingston with some of Jamaica's best producers and engineers. Cliff dubbed his touring band Oneness, and they performed all over the world, including Africa.

Cliff returned to movies with his appearance in the 1985 comedy Club Paradise (starring Robin Williams), set in the Caribbean. Cliff and Oneness toured with head-liner Steve Winwood in 1986. In 1993, Cliff's recording of Johnny Nash's early-Seventies hit "I Can See Clearly Now" - included on the soundtrack of Cool Runnings, a film about the Jamaican bobsledding team - became a Top 20 hit.

Jimmy Cliff's role as a reggae pioneer was celebrated in 2003 with a Deluxe Edition reissue of The Harder They Come and a two-disc Jimmy Cliff Anthology.

"My role has always been as the shepherd of reggae music," Cliff has noted. "When they wanted to bring reggae to America, they sent Jimmy Cliff. When they wanted to bring reggae to England, they sent Jimmy Cliff. When they wanted to bring reggae to Africa, they sent Jimmy Cliff."

Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay

Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay

Philanthropist & Medical Doctor

Dr. Doobay is a household name in many South Asian homes across Canada. He represents not just a leader in the Hindu community, but an individual who recognizes the importance of religious freedoms and coexistence in our multicultural community. As a cardiovascular surgeon, he spent most of his clinical career practicing at McMaster University as an Assistant Clinical Professor but his career expands beyond his work in the operating room. He built the first Hindu temple in Toronto and was at the core of developing the Hindu contribution to the beautiful multicultural city that Toronto has become. He helped organize parades of thousands of individuals during Diwali and built a Museum of Hindu Civilization and World Peace, the only religious institution that houses icons of all the major religions of the world. His temple has also built a Memorial for the Fallen Canadian Soldiers, the only non-Governmental body to honor their contribution to our country's freedom.

His passion for health care and medicine lead to his creation of a medical clinic in his Father's hometown in Guyana for which he sends medications and aid. In addition, he oversaw the creation of a Dialysis clinic in Guyana. This clinic offers dialysis to individuals with end stage kidney failure who would otherwise have had no access and would have succumbed to their illness. They have provided dialysis for over 40 patients since its creation. In this effort, he has motivated other physicians from Canada to travel to Guyana with him to participate in this effort. To further combine his passion for health, culture and religion, he built a senior's home adjacent to the temple in order to allow seniors a comfortable, supportive living environment and proximity to their religious community

He has been at the forefront of his temple's numerous relief work including building homes in Gujarat after the earthquake, raising over ten thousand dollars after the flood in Pakistan, contributing to flood relief in Guyana and raising over one-hundred thousand dollars after the earthquake in Haiti.

Given his great contribution to our South Asian society, he has been recognized by numerous awards including the Order of Ontario, The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal and he sits as the Government of Canada representative on the Global Center for Pluralism, a committee which is made up of other dignitaries such as Kofi Annan and The Aga Khan. Most importantly, Dr. Doobay acts as a role model for many young South Asians looking to make a contribution to their society.

Dr. Lennox Lewis

Dr. Lennox Lewis

Boxing Legend

Lennox Lewis has accomplished more in one boxing career than most people can imagine. He is known for his calculated fighting style and grace in the ring. Muhammad Ali famously said to Lewis, "You're the greatest one there is, like me." George Foreman has described Lewis as "beyond doubt, the greatest heavyweight of all time." Lewis' decision to retire as the reigning heavyweight champion of the world in 2004 re-affirmed his reputation as a man who makes decisions for himself and sticks to his principles.

Lewis retired with an impressive record of 41 wins - 2 losses - 1 draw, 32 wins by knockout. Before turning pro, Lewis held a remarkable amateur record of 85-9, which he capped with a gold medal for Team Canada at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

After turning professional in 1989, Lewis went on to gain the European title in 1990 and the British Commonwealth Heavyweight title in 1992. He was officially crowned the WBC Heavyweight Champion in January of 1993. In November 1999 Lewis and Evander Holyfield met once again in the ring after their earlier fight ended in a controversial draw. This time Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, unifying the WBC, WBA, IBO and IBF titles. Along with Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield before him, Lewis is one of three boxers in history to have won the heavyweight championship three times. The crowning moment in his career came in June 2002 when Lewis ceremoniously defeated Mike Tyson. The Lewis/Tyson 2002 fight was the highest grossing pay-per-view professional boxing fight for five years.

Lewis's athletic accomplishments have been acknowledged with numerous international honors. In 1988 his adopted home of Canada awarded him a CM - Member of the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. In 2002 he was honored by his birth country of England when Queen Elizabeth II awarded him a CBE - Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The CBE is an esteemed honor for a British citizen, just one rank below knighthood. In 2008, Lewis was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Council's Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In June 2009, Lewis was also inducted in his first year of eligibility into the revered International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Lewis keeps busy with business ventures and charitable projects. He is a major contributor to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and lent his talent and expertise to build a new Canadian youth boxing center in Kitchener Waterloo named in honor of his amateur boxing coach Arnie Boehm. He sponsored a youth chess team, which eventually won the US national championship before graduating. He is an annual supporter of countless charities which focus primarily on youth issues, including the Rotary Club of Grand River's Downtown Mudpuppy Chase for KidsAbility Centre. Lewis did national public service announcements against domestic violence in the UK and in the US for Do Something. He also contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul for Preteens with a chapter on overcoming challenges in youth.

Lewis has made several television appearances, including Late Night with David Letterman. Among many others, he has had cameo roles in the film Ocean's Eleven and the TV show Entourage. His film career includes a starring role in the independent feature, Johnny Was, and several producing credits. In 2008, he finished fourth out of 14 on Donald Trump's first airing of the Celebrity Apprentice. He was a ringside boxing analyst for HBO's Boxing After Dark for four years. In 2011, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the fall convocation of Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Lewis and his wife Violet are the proud parents of Landon, Ling, Leya and Leviah. In his spare time, he is passionate about boxing, chess, poker, and improving his golf game.

Dr. The Honourable Michael Lee-Chin, OJ, O.Ont.

Dr. The Honourable Michael Lee-Chin, OJ, O.Ont.

Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc., is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of “doing well and doing good” has resulted in phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica in 1951, Michael immigrated to Canada in 1970 to study civil engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After beginning post‑graduate studies, Michael decided to explore career opportunities within the mutual fund industry. At the age of 26, Michael became a financial advisor and, with growing success, progressed to the position of branch manager.

In 1983, at the age of 32, Michael borrowed money to purchase $500,000 of Mackenzie Financial stock. After four years, this stock appreciated seven-fold, and Michael used the profits to make his first acquisition, a small Ontario-based investment firm called AIC Limited. At that time, Advantage Investment Counsel (a division of AIC Limited) had assets under management of just $800,000. Within 20 years, AIC grew from less than $1 million and – at its business peak – posted more than $15 billion in assets under management. In September 2009, AIC’s retail investment fund business was sold to Manulife Financial. However, Michael and his team continue to sub-advise the flagship Advantage Series of funds for Manulife through Portland Investment Counsel. Michael has managed the Advantage Fund since inception.

As the founder of Portland Holdings Inc., Michael Lee-Chin’s business accomplishments span various countries and numerous sectors.

At the helm, Michael established an investment philosophy and guiding principles for each of the Portland group of companies. Although some companies may not have possessed strong balance sheets or a guiding framework prior to acquisition or establishment by Portland, it has been under Michael’s stewardship that each of the Portland group of companies has come to display the following attributes:
• Solid returns on equity;
• Positioned in a long-term growth industry;
• Entrepreneurial, competitive and hard-working management;
• Potential to be a global leader;
• Possessing competitive advantages (for example, brands, relationship networks, licenses, etc.); and
• Possessing quality tangible assets.

Following the acquisition of AIC Limited in 1987, Michael set about developing the Berkshire group of companies – comprising an investment planning arm, a securities dealership, and an insurance services operation. Under Michael’s stewardship, Berkshire was able to amass more than $12 billion of assets under administration by 2007. At that time, Berkshire had also grown to form a network of 750 financial advisors operating in 250 offices across Canada. In 2007, Manulife acquired Berkshire from Portland Holdings in exchange for shares, making Portland one of the most significant shareholders of Manulife. In 2002, Portland’s interests expanded internationally with the acquisition of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica Ltd. and its subsidiaries. Since becoming part of the Portland group, NCB profits have increased to approximately US$130 million from US$6 million. NCB today stands as Jamaica’s largest bank with 45 branches, 2,400 employees, and offices
in the Caymans and the United Kingdom. NCB was awarded the Latin Finance 2007 Bank of the Year Award.

In April 2006, Portland acquired an 85% controlling stake in the United General Insurance Company, the largest auto insurer in Jamaica, and renamed the firm Advantage General Insurance Company. A controlling interest in CVM Communications Group (consisting of radio and television stations and newspapers) was purchased at the same time.

In 2005, Portland partnered with Risley Group to form Columbus Communications Ltd. – a Barbadian corporation that holds controlling interest in a number of telecommunications providers in the Caribbean including Cable Bahamas Ltd., Caribbean Crossing Ltd., Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (operating under the name Flow America), Fibralink Jamaica Limited, and Columbus Communications Trinidad Limited (operating under the name Flow Trinidad).

Columbus is a diversified telecommunications company whose core operating business is providing cable television services, high speed internet access, digital telephone and internet infrastructure services (retail) and, the development of an undersea fiber optic cable network as well as the sale and lease of the telecom capacity provide by the network (wholesale). It operates in 21 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

In the tourism sector, Michael has guided Portland through a number of acquisitions in the Caribbean. Among them, the Trident Villas and Spa in Jamaica, Reggae Beach and Blue Lagoon.

The first Portland acquisition in the health care industry sector was announced by Michael in July 2006, when Medical Associates Limited, a privately held hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, joined the Portland group.

Portland also runs a Private Equity Fund focused on investing in the Caribbean region; clients include OPIC; a division of the US government, European Investment Bank (EIB), Verizon pension fund and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Under Michael’s stewardship, Portland Holdings Inc. today owns a collection of diversified businesses, operating in sectors that include financial services, telecommunications, tourism, media and health care.

Over the years, Michael’s vision for sustainable growth for Portland Holdings Inc. is anchored in two principles. First, Portland will invest in businesses that are economically substantial and provide exceptional products and services into the marketplace. And, equally important, these businesses must also seek to improve the social well‑being of the communities in which they operate. Michael formally established as the Portland mantra – “prosperitas cum caritate” – which in Latin speaks to his goal that businesses must “not only do well, but also do good” – that is the measure of success.

In 2008, Michael Lee-Chin received one of Jamaica’s highest national honours – The Order of Jamaica, for his significant contributions to business and philanthropy.

Mr. Donovan Bailey

Mr. Donovan Bailey

Few names can instil a feeling of awe and pride like the name of sports legend Donovan Bailey. Bailey commanded the world’s attention in the 1990’s when he exploded onto the track and field circuit determined to do what no other man before him had done.

It may not have always been his calling, but it was apparent from an early age that Bailey had no interest in marching at the pace of the rest of the world. He was more extraordinary than that. Bailey’s physical dominance, mental brilliance and impenetrable drive cast him as a formidable opponent in all of his endeavours. When most other youngsters in their early 20’s were just dabbling with adulthood, Bailey had already began a successful career in finance and was comfortably shooting up the corporate ladder when he decided to redirect his energy and revive a childhood passion in sprinting.

In just a few short years, Bailey was running alongside some of the greatest sprinters on the circuit – the same great sprinters that he soon began to surpass. His performances started to capture the attention of the track and field community. Then came the sports enthusiasts. Canada. Jamaica. And then the whole world followed.

Winning titles and smashing records, Bailey left his indelible mark by becoming one of the most revered all-time greatest athletes in the history of track and field.

Donovan Bailey. World champion. Olympic Champion. World’s fastest man. Extraordinary.

Career Highlights
• Birth Date: December 16, 1967
• Birth Place: Manchester, Jamaica
• Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Donovan Bailey is indisputably among the best athletes in track and field history. Track & Field News declared Bailey "Sprinter of the Decade" (1990's) and one of the world's all-time greatest and most dominant sprinters.
• Two-time World Record holder
• Two-time Olympic Champion
• Three-time World Champion
• Eight-time Canadian Champion
• Pan American Games Champion
• Goodwill Games Champion
• Commonwealth Games Champion
• 1995- Dominated the World Championship in Gothenburg by winning the 100-metre sprint and the 4 x 100-metre relay titles.
• 1996, Bailey broke the indoor 50-metre world record in Reno, Nevada, posting a time of 5.56 seconds — a record still held to this day.
• 1996 he earned the rare triple title of World Champion, Olympic Champion, and World Record holder. (Bailey electrified Canada and the world where he shattered the World and Olympic record, winning Canada’s first gold medal ever in the glory event of the Games. Bailey ran a sizzling 9.84 seconds)
• Awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy and named Canadian Newsmaker of the Year.
• In 1997, Bailey won a third World title with the Canadian relay team and beat American sprinting champion Michael Johnson in a much publicized 150-metre race to determine who was the "World's Fastest Man."
• Bailey was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 individually, and inducted again in 2008 as part of Canada’s 1996 Olympic gold relay team.

Dr. the Honourable Harry Belafonte

Dr. the Honourable Harry Belafonte

Musician, Actor, Social Activist and Philanthropist.

Harry Belafonte was born in Harlem in New York City in 1927. Overwhelmed and intimidated by its ghetto streets and thinking the islands to be a safer place, his immigrant mother sent him back to the island of her birth, Jamaica. The island and all its variety became a cultural reservoir, which he ultimately drew upon for his artistic expression. At the outbreak of World War II, his mother retrieved him from the island and brought him back to Harlem. He tried to adapt to his new environment, a process which came with great difficulty and finally, unable to finish high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for almost two years as a munitions loader. After his tour of duty ended, he was honorably discharged and returned to New York City where he worked both in the garment center and as a janitor’s assistant.

For doing repairs in an apartment (of Clarice Taylor and Maxwell Glanville) Belafonte was given as his gratuity a ticket to a production of “Home is the Hunter” at a community theatre in Harlem called the American Negro Theatre (A.N.T.).

The world that the theatre opened up to him put Belafonte, for the first time, face to face with what would be his destiny – a life in performing arts. He joined the Dramatic Workshop of the New School of the School of Social Research under the tutelage of the great German director, Erwin Piscator, and with classmates like Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, Rod Steiger and Tony Curtis – just to name a few – Belafonte became thoroughly grounded in the world of his choice… theatre.

Paralleling this pursuit was Belafonte’s immersion in the world of Jazz. His love of the culture profoundly shaped his deep interest in its workings and revelations. From this experience he developed a relationship with the young architects of the art form, the geniuses of modern jazz and on the occasion of his first professional appearance had Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Tommy Potter and Al Haig as his “back-up band”. Since that launching, Belafonte has sustained an inordinately successful career:

His RCA album “Calypso” made him the first artist in industry history to sell over 1 million LP’s.

His first Broadway appearance in “John Murray Andersons Almanac” gave him the coveted Tony Award

As the first black producer in television, he won his first Emmy for his CBS production of “An Evening With Belafonte” directed by Norman Jewison

At the dawning of his cinematic film career, “Carmen Jones”, took top critical honors and attracted Oscar nominations

His many firsts in the overturning of numerous racial barriers in the world of culture in America is legend

In the early 50s, Belafonte met a young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic visit to New York. From that day until the leader’s assassination, Belafonte and King developed a deep and abiding friendship that for Belafonte still stands as one of the most precious of his experiences. Dr. King said of his friend that “Belafonte’s global popularity and his commitment to our cause is a key ingredient to the global struggle for freedom and a powerful tactical weapon in the Civil Rights movement here in America. We are blessed by his courage and moral integrity.” Belafonte was prominent in the contribution to the ending of the oppressive Apartheid Government of South Africa and the release of his friend, Nelson Mandela, after twenty seven and a half years of incarceration.

Belafonte was appointed by President John F. Kennedy as the cultural advisor for the Peace Corps. He served for five years. Harry Belafonte has been honored many times by such diversified groups as the American Jewish Congress, the NAACP, the City of Hope, Fight for Sight, The Urban League, The National Conference of Black Mayors, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the ACLU, the State Department, the Boy Scouts of America, Hadassah International and the Peace Corps. He has received awards such as The Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, in 1981, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize and in 1989, he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for Excellence in the Performing Arts and the Acorn Award from the Bronx Community College for his work with children. He was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award and was honored at the White House with the 1994 National Medal of Arts from President Clinton for his contributions to cultural life in the United States of America. He has received honorary degrees from City University of New York, Spellman College in Atlanta, Tufts University, Brandeis University, Long Island University, Bard College and most recently Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University and many others.

Disturbed by cruel events unfolding in Africa because of war, famine and drought, Belafonte set in motion the wheels that led to “We Are the World” on January 28, 1985. He contacted manager, Ken Kragen, who responded favorably and together, along with others, undertook to guide and direct the project known as USA for Africa. In 1987, Belafonte accepted the appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, thus making him the second American to hold this title – the first was Danny Kaye. Belafonte has continued to devote himself globally to civil and human rights issues, focusing in particular on the United States and Africa.

Belafonte also has two children from a previous marriage – Adrienne and Shari and two children David and Gina from his 2nd wife Julie. He boasts of five grandchildren – Rachel, Brian, Maria, Sarafina and Amadaus. He says of them, “They represent my final contribution to a world in need of love.” Mr..Belafonte is currently married to Ms.Pamela Frank, of Boston.

The Honourable Mayann E. Francis

The Honourable Mayann E. Francis

Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Education has been the common thread running through the life of the Honourable Mayann E. Francis. Ms. Francis is the first African Nova Scotian, and only the second woman to be named Lieutenant Governor in Nova Scotia, a post that pre-dates Confederation by more than 100 years. From her installation on September 7, 2006, Ms Francis has brought a unique and wide-ranging perspective to her role as the Queen's representative in Nova Scotia.

Her parents, Archpriest George A. Francis and Thelma Francis, instilled in Ms. Francis the importance of education with words and deeds. From her childhood home in the Cape Breton Island community of Whitney Pier – at one time one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Atlantic Canada - Ms. Francis went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's University, a Master's in Public Administration from New York University, a certificate in equal opportunity studies from Cornell University and a certificate in theological studies from the Atlantic School of Theology.

She became a pioneer in senior positions with the provincial governments of Nova Scotia and Ontario, and was instrumental in advancing diversity and equality through human resource positions at Dalhousie University. In 1999, Ms. Francis was named CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. In 2000 she was appointed Provincial Ombudsman. Ms. Francis is focusing on youth, education, seniors and community in her new role with the goal of increasing equity and inclusion.

Her Honour has been recognized for her outstanding achievements with a Harry Jerome Award for professional excellence, an award from the Multicultural Education Council of Nova Scotia, and a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

In 2008, Her Honour was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Saint Vincent University in recognition of her work on behalf of women and the disadvantaged.


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