We hope you are doing well during these uncertain times. On behalf of my co-patrons Mr. Andrew Chang, Ms. Brigette Chang and honorary patron Dr. Wesley J. Hall, we are looking forward to sharing an evening with you at the UWI Toronto Benefit Awards on June 25, 2022 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
All over the world COVID-19 and its variants continue to present ongoing challenges and reasons to be thoughtful in how we come together to socialize, celebrate and support those less fortunate. In the Caribbean, the pandemic has put tremendous strain on the education, financial and healthcare sectors. With loss of jobs due to the downturn in the economy, students have been even more severely affected as most are from single parent households and day to day survival has become the priority and even that is precarious. Registration is down as students struggle to meet tuition, which leads to severe frustration for those who are already marginalized and desperate.
The 2022 event is one of re-emergence and recommitment – the coalescing around our cause, knowing that with your help we will rise beyond our greatest expectations. Our theme this year is: One Caribbean...Global Impact.
In 13 years, primarily because of your unwavering support, care and love, this Benefit Awards has been able to raise well needed funds for students and honour and celebrate community and global leaders. To date we have awarded 650 scholarships to students - in dire financial circumstances in all faculties including Medical Sciences, Law, Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Engineering, Social Sciences, at the University of the West Indies and honoured almost 90 individuals and institutions and raised almost Three Million Canadian Dollars in that time. A remarkable feat – so we should all be proud.
Very special thank you to Scotiabank, our Lead Chair and sponsor...your partnership has buoyed us beyond measure for these 13 years. Kingsdale Advisors, Sprott Inc. and the Ray Chang Foundation, we greatly appreciate your support and commitment.
As the effects of the pandemic continue to ravage the Caribbean, now more than ever financial assistance is needed for students who have worked assiduously to succeed despite their enormously challenging circumstances only to have their lifelong dreams derailed.
As we begin meeting face to face once more, let us be mindful that supporting future generations of students will leave a footprint of generosity and kindness and a hand in helping to shape young people in the Caribbean – a Region with whom, Canadians have had a long and warm relationship.
The UWI Toronto Benefit Awards is the largest Global fundraiser in Canada and the students continue to be dependent on us and grateful for the help. So, in the spirit of Light Learning and Liberty, let us once again come together to celebrate, support, and inspire.