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University of the West Indies Gala Toronto 2017
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The G. Raymond Chang Award was presented to The Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy. The award was established to honour outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of G. Raymond Chang, O.C., O.J. (1948-2014).  Mr. Chang was recognized as an outstanding business leader and philanthropist.  He was the Gala’s patron for five years.

The Luminary Award  was presented to Dr. Shirley Thompson. The Luminary Award is given to people of Caribbean heritage who are outstanding achievers on an international scale in their respective fields or people who have brought to prominence issues, which affect the Caribbean. Dr. Thompson is of Jamaican descent; the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony in the last 40 years, and the first woman to compose and musically direct music for a major drama series at the BBC. She is a Reader in Music at the University of Westminster and a freelance composer of music for TV, films and the theatre. 

The Chancellor’s Award was presented to Food For The Poor Inc. This award is given to organizations, which have contributed significantly to the Caribbean, or outstanding organizations owned by persons of Caribbean heritage. 

The Vice Chancellor’s Award is given to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities. The 2016 honourees are: Mr. Stephen Ames; Mr. Wesley Hall and Dr. Paul Steinbok.

Under the theme “Light, Learning and Liberty”, The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala provides funds for scholarships.  Almost 250 scholarships have been awarded in six years.   Over 70 have graduated, most with first class honours. The Patron of the seventh annual Gala is The G. Raymond Chang Family.  Lead Sponsor is Scotiabank for the seventh consecutive year.

University of the West Indies Gala Toronto 2015

Mr. Charles S. Coffey, O.C., will be honoured as the inaugural recipient of the G. Raymond Chang Award at the sixth annual The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.

Justice Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré, O.Q. is the recipient of the Luminary Award, which is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who are outstanding achievers on an international scale in their respective fields or people who have brought to prominence issues which affect the Caribbean.

Mr. Charles S. Coffey, O.C., will be honoured as the inaugural recipient of the G. Raymond Chang Award at the sixth annual The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.The Chancellor’s Award is given to Canadian organizations which have contributed significantly to The University of the West Indies and/or the Caribbean or outstanding organizations owned by people of Caribbean Heritage.

The Chancellor’s Award is given to Canadian organizations which have contributed significantly to The University of the West Indies and/or the Caribbean or outstanding organizations owned by people of Caribbean Heritage. The 2015 honourees are Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and George Brown College

The Vice Chancellor’s Award is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who have gone on to make significant contributions within their organizations and communities.   The 2015 honourees are Mr. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a University of the West Indies alumnus and executive director of the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education (COE).

University of the West Indies Gala Toronto 2014

Luminary :

  • The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P.
  • Tessanne Chin

Chancellor’s Award

  • The Hospital for Sick Children

Vice Chancellor’s Award:

  • The Right Revered Peter DeCourcy Fenty, Bishop of York Simcoe and the first Black Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada, ordained in June 2013
Multi-Faith Tribute to Mandela
University of the West Indies Gala Toronto 2013

The University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted its 4th Annual Black Tie Toronto Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto under the distinguished patronage of Hon. G. Raymond Chang, OJ. The proceeds of the gala supported the UWI Scholarship Fund. The event, celebrated and paid tribute to significant leaders of Caribbean heritage:

  • Luminary Award
    • Boxing legend Dr. Lennox Lewis
    • Cardiovascular surgeon and philanthropist Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay
  • Chancellor's Award
    • The University of Toronto
  • Vice Chancellor's Award
    • Dr. Upton Allen, Sick Kids Hospital and University of Toronto Professor
    • Mr. Nicholas Brathwaite, co-founder of PETNA
    • Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, former Provincial Cabinet Minister
    • Professor Jamal Dean, McMaster University
    • Douglas Orane, non-Executive Chairman, GraceKennedy Limited
    • Ms. Brigitte Shim, Architect and University of Toronto professor

Since the inaugural gala in 2010, 75 scholarships have been awarded to deserving young academic achievers who lack the necessary funds to realize their goals. One of the scholarship recipients is a medical student from the inner city of Kingston, Jamaica, who was discovered to be homeless. Recognizing his potential and determination, the UWI scholarship has ensured that he will have the opportunity to realize his dream. The need is immense and we believe the ripple effect of the students' contributions to their respective societies will be enormous! It is for this reason that Adriaans & Associates are honoured to support the efforts of the UWI and to be chosen as the Event Planners.

South Africa - 14 Years of Democracy Awards Tribute Luncheon (2008)

"The April 27, 1994 elections were the culmination of decades of struggle and opened a new era of equality and opportunity in South Africa," This event, hosted by the Consulate General of South Africa in Toronto, focused on honouring individual members of the South African community in Toronto and the GTA, who have consistently demonstrated selfless commitment to betterment of the conditions and live situations and circumstances of other South Africans in Canada and in the community at large. Their deep insight into S Africa's painful past history and the historical background that now informs the way, the liberated South Africa is now progressing makes them to be ever available 'servants' at the service of their maverick new South Africa as its ambassadors in the international world stage. As South African Residents in Canada, we know from our own experiences, more often than not, the powerful and the rich of the world understand globalization and it equities as an opportunity to dictate terms to the rest of humanity.

South African Women for Women’s 2004 Woman of Distinction Awards

South African Women for Women will hold its Eighth Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon/Show, on Sunday, August 8th, 2004, in celebration of South African Women's Day 2004. The awards will be presented from 12:00pm, at the Elgin Theater, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto. The entertainment was performed by the cast from South Africa - "UMOJA ". The Keynote Speaker was Rev. Mpho Tutu, Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu. Mpho Tutu received The 2004 Woman of Distinction Award.

This annual award is in honour of South African Women's Day commemorating the day in 1956 when women from all parts of the country marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the law forcing Black women to carry passes. The sacrifices of these women have allowed the women of South Africa to regain their dignity and achieve recognition globally. "These Awards recognize the determined optimism and the impact this can have in communities, in schools, in hospitals, in cities and villages throughout the country," said South African Women for Women President, Carole Adriaans. This was also the year that we celebrated the 10th year of liberation in South Africa.

“A nation without health is a nation without hope.” – PHELOPHEPA – Mrs. Leah Tutu – Keynote address

Visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu in Toronto: September 17th to 21st, 2002

"For some people a train travelling through their neighbourhood is a nuisance....for other's – it is salvation...!"

As Patrons of the Phelophepa Health Care Train - Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs. Leah Tutu continue to dedicate their lives to humanitarian concerns, not only in South Africa, but around the world. As such, Mrs. Tutu continues to champion many causes while at the same time assisting her husband in his work; standing beside him in the fight against apartheid and the ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and ignorance. Among their many worthwhile causes is the Phelophepa Health Care Train. Mrs. Leah Tutu was keynote speaker on humanitarian issues at a luncheon held September 18, 2002, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Dominion Ballroom, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.

No Future Without Forgiveness – Keynote Address – Desmond Tutu – Phelophepa Health Care Train Benefit Gala

Visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu in Toronto: September 17th to 21st, 2002

The Phelophepa Health Care Train is a 16-coach health care train that travels to 37 of the most remote villages in South Africa providing health care services and education to people in need – primarily women and children – who do not otherwise have access to the most basic health care. The name Phelophepa is a combination of Tswana and Sotho words meaning "good clean health." The Phelophepa was launched in 1994 with just three coaches – today, it is a 600-ton, 16-coach train.

Hoffmann – La Roche Limited, the first global, corporate sponsor of the Phelophepa Health Care Train, and was the presenting sponsor of the gala dinner in Toronto. In honour of the company's ongoing generosity and commitment to the train since 1994, the health clinic coach was officially renamed the Roche Health Clinic.

Honorary Doc. Of Law – Law Society of Upper Canada

Past-Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada Robert P. Armstrong (now The Honourable Robert P. Armstrong) collaborated with S.A.W.W. and organized by Carole Adriaans during the visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu in September 2002.

RBC Group Cocktail Reception

RBC Group Cocktail Reception hosted by Mr. Charley Coffey, Executive Vice-President, RBC Financial Group, Government and Community Affairs and sponsored by The Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Coffey is a staunch support of the Scholarship Fund established in honour of Desmond Tutu.

South African Women for Women’s pre-Gala Reception for the Recipients of the 2003 Awards

They came from far and wide to celebrate the annual South African Women for Women awards at a gala function held at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto - a day that is significant in South African history, the day that women, of all colours, stood up for their rights. There were messages from the Queen's representative, the Prime Minister of Canada and the High Commissioner for South Africa. There was singing and dancing and speeches that touched at the heart. It was truly a reflection of what women the world-over stand for today. MC for the evening was the adorable Noelle Richardson, the well known CBC and CTV news anchor. It was a glorious occasion. And, all the money raised went towards the betterment of women and children in South Africa.

South African Women for Women’s Benefit Gala Awards & HIV/AIDS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

South African Women for Women's Benefit Gala Awards & HIV/AIDS AWARESS CAMPAIGN was held on August 10 2003. The keynote speaker was the inspirational Mr Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mr. Lewis' work with the UN has shaped the past two decades of his career. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization's global headquarters in New York. He was first appointed as Special Representative for UNICEF in 1990. In that capacity, he spoke and travelled regularly, acting as a spokesperson for UNICEF's passionate advocacy of the rights and needs of children, especially children of the developing world.

Phelophepa Health Care Train

PHELOPHEPA MEANS “GOOD CLEAN HEALTH”– Archbishop Desmond Tutu – Keynote Address

For some people a train travelling through their neighbourhood is a nuisance….for other’s – it is salvation…!

The Phelophepa Health Train is an innovative and incredible mobile health delivery project that provides health services to numerous rural communities across South Africa. It is the only mobile health programme in the world. Started by Transnet in South Africa it has reached hundreds of thousands of South African women, men and children since it began in 1994. The train provides several health services, such as clinical diagnostic work, eye care, dental care, reproductive health care, pre and post natal care, paediatric services and general family health care. There is a strong interest in adding HIV/AIDS prevention education, treatment and care support. The train provides a number of HIV related services such as the HIV/AIDS literacy, counselling and peer education, and capacity building for local health care providers. With a fully equipped coach on the train, diagnostic and clinical services can be added to the support services. This fundraiser in Toronto, focused on building awareness of Canadians so that we can build support for the health train. We raised $300,000 Cdn.

Nelson Mandela Visit

A compilation of memories of Madiba's visits to Toronto and events he attended. One in particular was taken in the midst of many excited children at Toronto's Skydome – this was in 1998. At the center of the excitement was Nelson Mandela and Mrs. Graça Machel. Thousands of Canadian school children fill the stadium to pay tribute to the man who championed the end of apartheid.The South African president was the guest of honour at the launch of the Canadian chapter of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

President Mandela and Mrs. Graça Machel attending Archbishop Tutu's 75th Birthday in Johannesburg in 2006. We value his presence and his dedication to the struggle and will be forever thankful.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Addresses Media and Community Leaders for Images and Voices of Hope

In 2002, 10 years ago Images & Voices of Hope / Toronto held a conversation to honor the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was an intimate gathering with primarily owners and publishers of broadcast news outlets and newspapers in the room. The Archbishop greeted everyone warmly and opened by thanking the Canadian media for being the first in the international media community to actively oppose apartheid in South Africa. He cited it as an act of courage, later followed by media in other countries. Recently he recalled the day fondly with his friend, Carole Adriaans, the Event Producer.

Images & Voices of Hope honor pathbreakers who- through leadership, courage or innovation-have created outstanding media work supporting positive social change. In creating this program, Images & Voices of Hope recognizes that groundbreaking media work with strong social impact often is the product of an individual or group guided by a clear, internal moral compass. These leaders often need to push professional boundaries. They must challenge the status quo and often make personal sacrifices in order to realize success.

University of the West Indies Inaugural Gala Toronto 2010

The University of the West Indies Inaugural Benefit Gala took place Toronto on February 27, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel under the distinguished patronage of The Honourable Raymond Chang. The University of the West Indies Scholarship Program benefited from the proceed of the Benefit Gala.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) was established in 1948 as a college of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962 and today, is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to 40,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. UWI is an international university in every respect with links extending beyond the Caribbean to well over 100 universities worldwide through: collaborative research involving postgraduate students and faculty; study abroad and exchange programmes; cross-campus degree programmes; lecture series and conferences.

University of the West Indies Gala Toronto 2012

The University of West Indies third annual benefit gala in Toronto was the city's social event of the year, bringing a mix of Toronto's academic, corporate and artistic elite, celebrating the contributions of the University of West Indies, its graduates and the Greater Caribbean community in Canada and worldwide. The Benefit Gala was in aid of the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI Haitian Initiative that lends support to rebuild the tertiary education sector in Haiti and assist university students who need to complete their degree programs.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) was established in 1948 as a college of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962 and today, is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to 40,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean. UWI is an international university in every respect with links extending beyond the Caribbean to well over 100 universities worldwide through: collaborative research involving postgraduate students and faculty; study abroad and exchange programmes; cross-campus degree programmes; lecture series and conferences.

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