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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.

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