One Caribbean... Global Impact Part 3
Co-patron The UWI Toronto Benefit Awards 2022 Donette Chin-Loy Chang is flanked by Lucy La Grassa, government consultant and event committee member, and her husband Luigi, retired hairstylist (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The University of The West Indies Toronto Benefit Awards returned for the 2022 edition in spectacular form on Saturday, June 25 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Canada.

The annual hot-ticket, fund-raising affair — disrupted like everything else over the past two years as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic — was established in 2010 under the patronage of the late G Raymond Chang and continued under the patronage of his wife Dr Donette Chin-Loy Chang, children Andrew and Brigette Chang, and honorary patron Dr Wesley J Hall.

The highly anticipated soirée brings together corporate, public and individual supporters for an inspiring evening of giving, sharing and celebrating, and it has earned its place on the Toronto social calendar.

Under the theme 'One Caribbean... Global Impact', the gala supports a scholarship fund for outstanding academic achievers in the region, helping them to realise their fullest potential. It is too, an opportunity to spotlight those who continue to shine a light of hope for the next generation.

Scotiabank has been the lead chair and sponsor for the last 13 years in support of the cause.

SO takes you inside the swanky affair where giving back was top-of-mind

(From left) UWI Toronto Benefit Awards 2022 committee member Toni Spooner; Novia McDonald-Whyte, senior associate editor, lifestyle & social content, Jamaica Observer; Donette Chin Loy Chang, co-patron, The UWI Toronto Benefit Awards 2022, Tanya Tenn-Hugh, former Toshiba exec; and Janice Drummond, model and runway coach (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
At the Scotiabank table hosted by Anya Schnoor (centre) EVP International banking; were (from left) Narderley Rambharat, senior HR business partner; Roger Seereeram, snr. mgr. global compliance governance; Sara Gosine, sr mgr. strategy Canadian banking wealth compliance; Novia McDonald-Whyte, Jamaica Observer; Delmar Miller, VP marketing, JP Morgan Chase Bank; Joan Miller, snr audit mgr, Scotiabank; Sherry-Ann Sharma, snr mgr Caribbean Tax and her guest Kishan Ramsumar (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Gala guests (from left) UWI Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Densil Williams; Registrar Maurice Smith; Donna Watson, Luminary Honoree Basil Watson;Professor Clive Landis, principal UWI Cave Hill; journalist Tony Wong and honoree Walter Chin (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
At the Kingsdale Advisors table were (from right) Wayne Spencer, rehab therapist; Kamika McLean, Wes Hall's general counsel; Ian Gregoire, vice-president, strategy & operations at Kingsdale Advisors; Brentyn Hall, advisor to Kingsdale CEO; Lena Strumos, tech sales @ Tex Systems; Darian Hall, project co-ordinator environment services, and Sagal Abdi, Black North Initiative, programme manager. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Facing the SO lens inside the ballroom of The Ritz Carlton, Toronto were (from left) Catherine Thwaites, Mark Thwaites, Allison Resendes, Alexandra Waithe, Cheryl Gonsalves, Michael Gonsalves and Gordon and Joanne Cressy (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Scotiabank Toronto execs Anya Schnoor and David Noel (right) caught up with legal luminary Frank E Walwyn at the UWI Toronto Benefit Awards 2022 (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
The musical selections of DJ Donovan kept patrons in an upbeat mood (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind (second left), chair, UWI Toronto Benefit Awards 2022 with (from left) recipient of the Luminary Award Basil Watson; EMT and philanthropist, David De Lucia; chair of global surgery at University of Toronto Lee E Errett; and his wife, philanthropist Mitze Mourinho. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Delmar Miller (right) VP marketing at JP Morgan Chase was delighted to meet recipient, Vice Chancellor award Walter Chin (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
(Photos: Garfield Robinson)

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