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UWIAA Toronto Chapter Co- Chairmen, Michael Henville and Ferdinand Fortune, as well as the Executive Committee members, invite you to share the following news from the Toronto Chapter.

  • The UWIAA Toronto Chapter was represented at the Central Executive Committee Meeting of the UWIAA Presidents which was held via ZOOM teleconference on Friday 24 March 2017.  Representatives of 17 UWIAA Chapter countries participated.
  • Our man event is the annual UWIAA luncheon on May 28, 2017 at the Toronto Airport West Hotel. Last year’s luncheon was held on May 29, 2016 and $3,500.00 was raised which will be donated to assist UWI students.  The 2017 keynote speaker will be Haynesley Benn, Consul General of the Barbados in Toronto.  He is a former member of agriculture and Minister of Commerce and Trade. Entertainment will be provided by Letna Allen Rowe, a Jamaican performer and singer.
  • Members of the UWIAA Toronto Chapter and the UWI Medical Association again supported the annual UWI Toronto Benefit Gala which was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 1, 2017. At this event, the G. Raymond Chang Award went to Senator Murray Sinclair who was the first Aboriginal judge appointed in Manitoba and the second one in Canada.  The Luminary Award was given to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who was the first Black Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa.  His daughter, Mpho Tutu who is an ordained Episcopal priest accepted the award on behalf of her father. High praise is to be given to the patrons, Donette Chin –Loy Chang and the G. Raymond Chang Family for their vision and for their continuing support of the Gala.
  • Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the UWI is retiring in July 2017. The new Chancellor, Robert Bermudez has been officially chosen to be the new UWI Chancellor and will be the second Trinidadian to hold this post.
  • The UWIAA Toronto Chapter mourns the loss of Leon Malonne Johnson who passed away on September 1, 2017.  He was a faithful UWIAA who attended all of our luncheons. Additionally, the Chapter mourns the loss of two outstanding Caribbean and UWI men - Sir Dwight Venner and Derek Walcott.  Sir Dwight Venner, Chairman of the Open Campus Council and a former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, died on December 20, 2016.   He was a Lecturer in Economics at the UWI from 1974 – 1981. Poet, Derek Walcott, St Lucia`s Nobel Laureate died on March 17, 2017.  He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. 

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