May 14, 2013
TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The University of the West Indies (UWI) today announced the honorees for its fourth annual Toronto Benefit Gala, which includes: Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay – renowned cardiologist, community leader, and philanthropist, Dr. The Honourable Lennox Lewis – boxing legend, Dr. Upton Allen – physician and Division Head at Sick Kids Hospital, Nicholas Brathwaite – PETNA co-founder, Dr. The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers – former Ontario Cabinet Minister, Dr. The Honourable Professor Jamal Deen – McMaster University, Honourable Douglas Orane, non-Executive Chairman, GraceKennedy Limited; Ms. Brigitte Shim – celebrated Canadian architect and the University of Toronto.
The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and hosted by Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and renowned motivational speaker Michael “Pinball” Clemons and CTV anchor and Arts & Entertainment reporter Andria Case.
Under the theme Light, Learning and Liberty and the patronage of the Hon. G. Raymond Chang , OJ (Order of Jamaica), the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala raises funds for scholarships for outstanding academic achievers in the Caribbean, who are in great need of assistance. Since the inaugural gala three years ago, 75 scholarships have been awarded.
The event also recognizes the outstanding and tireless work of community leaders. Past honorees include: award winning author Malcolm Gladwell , Dr. The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Mr. Keith L. Forde , Mr. David Rudder ; Hon. Michael Lee-Chin OJ, Olympian Mr. Donovan Bailey , leading professor of medicine Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong , Ryerson University and the University Health Network.
Awards in three categories will be presented during the evening to outstanding leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage. Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay who provides spiritual and medical guidance in the community and Lennox Lewis , retired boxer and undisputed world heavyweight champion are the recipients of the 2013 Luminary Award.