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Food For The Poor CEO To Be Honoured At UWI Benefit Gala

Food For The Poor CEO Among Outstanding Honourees for The University of the West Indies Seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala

TORONTO – The University of the West Indies announced five leaders of Canadian and Caribbean origin, and one organization, Food For The Poor to be honoured at the seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton.

The G. Raymond Chang Award will be 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.

Dr. Poy was the first Canadian of Asian descent appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, community volunteer, historian and fashion designer. During her time in the Senate, from 1998 to 2012, she was integral to establishing May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. She served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto from 2003 to 2006 and is active in many community and cultural organizations. She has authored five books and co-edited one other.

The Luminary Award will be 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.

Robin Mahfood
Robin Mahfood
President & CEO of Food for the Poor Inc.

The Chancellor’s Award will be 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.

Food for the Poor Inc. is an interdenominational, Christian, international relief and development organization.  It has affiliated agencies in Canada, Jamaica the U.S.A., Haiti, and Guyana. It serves the poor, providing food, housing, healthcare, fresh water, emergency relief, micro-enterprise, skills training and other services.  It promotes self-sustainable development projects helping the less fortunate to break free from the cycle of poverty.

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.

Mr. Ames is a professional golfer, born in Trinidad & Tobago. He made his Hoerman Cup debut in 1980 at the age of 16 and turned professional in 1987. In 2004, he enjoyed his first PGA Tour victory, reached the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and was awarded the Chaconia Medal, Trinidad & Tobago’s second highest honour. He initiated the Stephen Ames Cup, an international Ryder Cup style competition that pits CJGA Team Canada against Team Trinidad & Tobago. He also co-hosts an annual charity golf tournament for kids and owns the Vintage Chophouse in Calgary.

Mr. Wesley Hall is a well-respected businessman and philanthropist.  He is founder of Kingsdale Shareholder Services, the leading firm in the growing area of outsourced strategic shareholder communication, and was born in Jamaica.  He has over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications.   Hall is a founding member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) and is involved in other corporate governance and investor relations organizations. He is an industry expert in proxy solicitation, depositary, corporate governance and other shareholder related initiatives and has been involved in some of the highest profile deals and proxy contests in North America.   His generosity has enabled cancer care for children in the Caribbean.

Dr. Paul Steinbok is recognized internationally as a leader in pediatric neurosurgery. He is the Head Emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the BC Children’s Hospital and a full Professor at the University of British Columbia, in the Department of Surgery. His medical areas of interest are the surgical treatment of children with spastic cerebral palsy, epilepsy surgery in children and looking after children with craniopharyngiomas, a relatively uncommon type of brain tumor. He was born in Barbados, received medical training at the University of the West Indies and an honors degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Dr. Steinbok completed an internship in Toronto and a residency in neurosurgery in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Neurosurgery in 1977.  He has also provided professional assistance in neurosurgery at hospitals in the Caribbean.

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.

For tickets please order using the online form at, or call 416-214-7848 or email the secretariat [email protected].



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